The Glorious Flight {FIAR}

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Louis Bleriot built many planes before he had the success of the one he flew over the English Channel.  From the book I gathered he was a patient man.  Persistent.  We focused on the character trait "Patient" this week, using Kids of Integrity lesson on patience.  Our bible verse focus for the week was:
"Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer."  Romans 12:12
We read a cute little book, Let's Be Patient by P. K. Hallinan.  I adore this book series, and the kids do too.  

To encourage patience in the kids we did the idea suggested at Kids of Integrity to make a paper heart chain.  Each time a kid was caught being patient a chain was added.  I hung it from a hook that was in the ceiling, and was trying to get them to do so well it reached the other hook on the other side of the room.  Well.  We didn't' make it.  lol.

 Art and Play:

Connor had lots of fun this week, building planes out of clay and out of blocks.

We also did an airplane craft from Learn create Love.  Emma's, of course, was pink.

We got out our Duplo city blocks and played with cars and planes.  Connor's great Grandpa had gifted him some classic toy cars and he had so much fun playing with those, and sorting them from the more current looking matchbox cars.


We watched Sid the Science Kid:  Wings It

At the library I found a book called Flying High (First Science) by Julian Rowe.  We pretty much did everything in the book.  It was all simple science experiments on flight.

I had leftover birthday napkins from the summer, and we used that to make a parachute - huge hit with the kids.  The helicopter (the blurry yellow piece in the photo below) - I found something similar online, first, and it failed.  But following slightly different directions from the science book, it worked!  (paperclip on the bottom was the key!)

The household favorite, by a landslide, was the balloon jet.  I just loved Sammy's face during our many rounds of this experiment.  Each time he'd mimic Daddy blowing up the balloon. 

At the start of the book Papa Bleriot and his family go out in their car and get in an accident.  I had remembered reading about a seat belt experiment a few years back and it's stuck with me.  I felt it was the perfect time to talk about car safety and the differences of cars then and now.  (We also checked out several automobile books from the library.)

I just sort of spontaneously did this one day, recalling from memory and adjusting with what we had.  I remember it saying to use a paper cup, but I wanted Connor to be able to see so I tried a baby bottle.  But it has a bit of a lip and didn't work according to plan.  So I used glass.  NOT A GOOD IDEA!  Not good with a marble anyways.  I did have little spiky balls from last week's art on pointillism and that would have been a much better choice than a marble.  It was all fine until Connor got a little rowdy and began to chase the marble with the glass.  Just as I was saying "not a good idea!" I heard the telltale thunk/crack.  ha!

Anyways.   You start with the small ball or marble and "drive" your cup across the floor then stop.  The ball will roll out.  The original source I got the idea said to then put a rubber band across the opening but I used medical tape.  Easy and fast.  You "drive" again and stop, and your marble/ball stays safe.

Language Arts:

There's a cute preschool app,  *I learn with transportation, that we used.  It goes thru a bunch of transportation and their sounds.  Great for this unit with the talk of onomatopoeia!

We put a pause on our regular language arts and math and have been using K5 Learning.
K5 Learning has an online reading and math program for kindergarten to grade 5 students. I've been given a 6 week free trial to test and write a review of their program. If you are a blogger, you may want to check out their open invitation to write an online learning review of their program. - See more at: Review 5K Learning. 

Looking for more ideas?:

I WannaBe a Pilot at The Old SchoolHouse
Transportation Printable Pack from Homeschool Creations
Little Pilot Preschool Pack by Little Monkey Printables
Onomatopoeia worksheet at
Andy's Airplanes
Mighty Machines:  At the Airport
NOVA:  A Daring Flight
Pixar Cars
Pixar Planes

Linking up with:
Delightful Learning 

Next up:  *Katy and the Big Snow by Virginia Lee Burton

1 comment:

  1. We learned about flying this week too - and did the balloon demonstration! Yours looks so much fun. I totally forgot about The Glorious Flight - I must pull it off the shelf and read it next week. Thank you for the reminder!


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