Blueberries for Sal {b4fiar}

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It's no surprise to me that Mr. McCloskey makes an appearance in the FIAR curriculum 3 times.  Robert McCloskey books are all just such a treasure, and this one, *Blueberries for Sal, is no different.  *Blueberries for Sal should be a "must read" for all children, it is just so special. 

We "rowed" this with a 7, 4 and 1 year old and they all just adore the story.

Bible Study:
Our main bible study is done with *Long Story Short: Ten-Minute Devotions.  Along with that we sometimes do Grapevine Studies.  (for the record I prefer Long Story Short)

We were talking of Creation in our devotional time, and one day Sam was up early (we do school really early for my enthusiastic early risers and usually Sam is still in bed).  I printed off a super cute page from the Adam and Eve Bible Coloring Pages over at Mama's Learning Corner.  B is for little bear!

In addition to our devotionals, we focused on obedience this week.
We used bible verse pintables from Homeschool Creations, for Ephesians 6:1 (Children obey your parents).  Jolanthe is super awesome and made two versions, one for the younger crowd and one for the older.  So this worked out wonderful for our age range.
We listened to *Seeds of Character (Vol. 6), song 8 - Children and Fathers.

Again this year, we are using the free studies from Kids of Integrity.   The kids loved the "kick off craft" for this lesson.

There is also a great resource for Character Education, at Character First Education.  There's plenty of free downloads and video (poem, song, story); however, if you still want more there's things to purchase too.  (we just did the free things).  While I placed this under our bible study, it is not a bible curriculum.

We read 5 Little Monkey's Jumping on the Bed and 5 Little DucksKizClub has adorable printables.  For Sam, I found him an interactive *Poke-A-Dot: 10 Little Monkeys.

Further ideas for go-along with the obedient character trait:

Language Arts:  (writing, reading, phonics)

We have a high focus on literature in our house.  So when we row, we look for plenty of go-along books to look at and enjoy throughout the week.  Here's our great finds:

Emma (preK) also worked on her sight words, using Scholastic ebooks and This Reading Mama.

With Connor (2nd grade), I've been trying to match up the b4FIAR selections with a good quality chapter book in the same theme as we'll be rowing.  This week he read The Boxcar Children, A Graphic Novel, because of the foraging that they did to stay alive (the regular novel was already checked out).  It wasn't my first choice but was the only one of my list that was at the library, here.  Connor read Boxcar Children in one day, so we also read The Adventures of Buster Bear, which was a good fit.  My other (unavailable) choices were:

Sammy (tot) helped scribbled Emma's writing practice, which can be found at Homeschool Creations.  He also got printouts from the Zoomin' Movin' Alphabet.

Social Studies:

I had intended to read these books for our Social Studies, but again, they were unavailable at our library.
We did a family tree one day.  We could have used a bigger piece of paper.  lol.


For 2nd grade we read a few non-fiction bear books, one of which was I Love Bears.

We used this great resource for learning about blueberries (besides going to pick your own):  Blueberry Council.  We printed their poster, for Connor.

Emma worked on her Scholastic Sing-a-long Science, "My Body's Working", with the "berry good" sheet to accompany it.

Both Sam and Emma continue to adore our *Fruit (First Discoveries) book.


Sammy worked with Colorful Caterpillars, a game by Hape.

With Emma we practiced counting with the literature pack from Homeschool Creations and some flat bottomed marbles.  I got more than I bargained for when she began to repeatedly make up 70+ counting problems for me to do. 

She also would add a marble to her hand one day while reading, for each "kerplink, kerplank, kerplunk".  We then worked on positional words with the little book printout from above mentioned literature pack.  (so cute!)


We painted a bear from Learn, Create, Love.  Sam was super helpful painting his own as well as painting sister's and brother's.

Blueberries for Sal has definitely made an impression on Emma.  Each day she'd draw a girl eating blueberry pie or blueberry cookies - or she'd draw a girl carrying a pail full to the brim with blueberries.

Memory Making:

To end this unit, we made the obvious choice:  blueberry picking!  Emma, by far, was our most enthusiastic picker.  We had two completely full buckets and sister was not going to stop.

We also made a pie, using a cookbook from the '50s!  (thank you Grandma!)

To end the week we went on a walk to admire Creation (we'd been studying it for 2 weeks at this point).  The kids were so enthusiastic over every small detail on this walk.  Usually there is plenty of moaning and groaning, but today, this day, nothing but amazement and joy.

On our walk we ran into about 6 bunnies.  The first one Emma called out "D for Dash!!" as it ran away.  I just love FIAR.

We also are now proud owners of our very own blueberry bush!

Linking up with:

FIAR Link-Up @ Delightful Learning

Weekly Wrap-Up


Next up:  I Am An Artist by Pat Lowery Collins



  1. How awesome you were actually able to pick blueberries! Looks like a week full of fun - we too love B4FIAR.

  2. Blueberries for Sal is one of my favorites! When I was in high school, Sal taught me French for a semester! It reminds me so much of home & growing up!

    1. I love that the book is modeled after his wife and daughter!

  3. Blueberries for Sal is one of our favorite books! It has been so long since we read it. I love all the activities that you put together to go with it.

    1. Thank you! It's definitely one of my most favorites, along with Lentil.

  4. Love, love, love this book and this row! :) and jealous you got to go pick blueberries!!


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