Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel {FIAR}

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with  Five in a Row {FIAR: vol 1}


We focused on being servant hearted using Hubbard Cupboards character trait tunes.  Our memory verse was
"Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving."  Colossians 3:23-24
Homeschool Creations has some excellent printables to help with memorization.

Social Studies:

We read about construction vehicles with *Road Makers and Breakers by Lynn Peppas and *The Construction Alphabet Book by Jerry Pallotta


During the week we watched *Sid the Science Kid: Sid in Motion.  It has several episodes so we broke it up over a few days.  After each episode there was real life examples of kids putting motion to the test.  Connor quickly followed suit after each one.  In the picture below we had just learned about friction, and watched the kids in the show testing on various mats.  Connor, all on his own, gathered everything to copy what they did - dragging my entry rug and yoga mat to the living room to perform his experiment on friction.  In the show they used a hockey puck.  We used a plastic ice cream.  lol.

In one episode of Sid the Science Kid they talked of inertia.  We did some hands on learning with Sammy's *Whack'em Racers Toy.  We "strapped" in a fisher price guy to one of the cars and set him loose to see what would happen, then we did it all again, but with no rubber band belt.  Crude, I know, but it was all spontaneous experimenting.  lol.

We read *Move It!: Motion, Forces and You by Adrienne Mason.  The kids loved this book.  Afterward we gathered up Styrofoam balls and straws to practice "force".  I love how much Sammy enjoyed this too.  He chased the "big kids" all around, lips puckered, to help them blow.

Other's we got from the library:


Moving Parts Digger at Kids Craft Weekly

Language Arts:

Emma (3) participates in all our readings and activities as much or as little as she wants to.  I usually try to have a preschool tie-in theme, just for her for letter of the week.  She loves to do worksheets, otherwise she'd be fine at her age to just learn along side Connor with no extra work.  Since she begs for worksheets, we focused on the letter M, for Mike Mulligan.

She also did a few pages relating to traffic and construction in her *Brain Quest Workbook: Pre-K.

This week Emma wanted to read, so we began to officially teach to read!  We used Bob books, Hubbard Cupboard's word family booklet, and Word Family Ladders from Confessions of a Homeschooler.   

We also did M is for Mouse Paint and M is for Monster.

Mouse Paint printables at 123 Homeschool 4 Me
Monster Unit at 2 Teaching Mommies
Monster Mash Kit at HomeschoolShare

With Connor, we learned about personification.  He created his own creature using Homeschool Share's worksheet.

Extra links:

Unit Study at Homeschool Share
Construction Pack at Teachers Notebook ($2.50)

Linking up with:
FIAR Link-Up @ Delightful Learning

 Next up* When I Was Young in the Mountains Cynthia Rylant


  1. Loved the lesson on motion and friction! Wonderful row ~ thanks for linking up!

  2. I LOVE you blog header pic! One mom in 15 different places at once......that is so how I feel! Funny!!


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