Caps For Sale {b4fiar}

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We are currently working our way thru many b4FIAR titles, with a 2nd grader and a 4 year old. 

Last year we did volumes 1 and 2 of the FIAR series for 1st grade and preschool.  This year we are going backwards and doing the "before" FIAR, recommended for ages 2-4, because I didn't want to do two separate curriculums, nor did I want my 4 year old to miss out on this curriculum just because she was "tagging along" with big brother.  The Five in a Row curriculum is so versatile, making it so easy to add in or leave out material and ideas.  For us, this works so well with multiple ages/grades where we all work on one theme.

This week we "rowed" Caps for Sale, by Esphyr Slobodkina.  I always think of this book with fond memories, reading it to my "baby" brother years ago.  It was one of his favorite titles and now I get to read it to my own children.


Some weeks I get a little heavy in one subject than any other subject.  This week was a week heavy in math over any other subject.  Brace yourselves.  ;)

Together, we all looked through DK Eyewitness Books: Money by Joe Cribb.  It is a large and thorough book, so we just mostly looked at the pictures and read a few captions here and there.  The main point was just to learn that there are many different currencies throughout the world.  We then found our country, and looked at some coins and bills from mom's wallet - comparing Canadian to American money.

Next, we did paper rubbings of various coins.

coin rubbing

A couple times in the week we read One Cent, Two Cents, Old Cent, New Cent by Bonnie Worth.  This book was great for our age range (4-7).  For Emma it was just a fun book to read.  For Connor it turned into money trivia and expanded into a geography lesson when he wanted to know more about the island that was mentioned (Yap Island).

Next we played a fun game made over at Homeschool Creations.  Emma was to choose a cap she wanted to "buy" and find the price on the back. 
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It would have been a great counting (of pennies) game if Sam hadn't kept swiping all our coins.  lol.

We pulled out Connor's lapbook from when he rowed Caps for Sale a few years back.  (This can be found over at Homeschool Share).  Emma really loved playing with the monkey hats and having me read her the math poem.

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Additional preschool money math books we read for fun are:
To bring this all up to Connor's level (2nd grade) we read:
We also played a Canadian Money Bags Game.  (there is also a U.S. Version , of course.)

Social Studies:  {Self-Control}

For a higher grade tie-in we focused a little bit on the authors country, which is Russia.

Our main focus throughout the week was on anger, or self-control.

We did some activities from Character Education (we like listening to the animal story) and some from Kids of Integrity.

I have a full list of books we read and recommend, to discuss this topic, listed under Books with Character:  Self Control.  So far the books span grades preK to grade 3.

Connor's favorite for the week was Anh's Anger by Gail Silver.

Social Studies:  {Grooming; Mustaches}

When we "rowed" Caps For Sale, it was November (Movember) so our libraries had displays of their books on mustaches.  Connor happens to be a lover of dress up and of drawing mustaches on himself.  So much so that his Uncle sent him a comically big dress up 'stache in the mail on day.  What better time to use it then this week!?  lol

I'm sure you've seen it in the first photo I shared at the beginning.  I don't feel too good about sharing a more clear one, because I don't want it to turn into a meme or anything to embarrass him later.  We had fun with it, and that's all that matters.

Hands on Learning {role play}

One of our favorite things to do with a "row" is to act it out.  Obviously the mustached peddler in Caps For Sale spurred Connor to dig out his own mustache, and all our caps, and set out for his own adventure.

We happened to have a fair amount of toy monkey's, so we set them all in the tree and they stole peddler Connor's caps while he napped.  ;)

And that was our fun filled week rowing with JK and 2nd Grade!

Looking for more?

Free Printables at World For Learning.  -ap word family, color-by.
Caps For Sale at Delightful Learning

Linking up with:
Delightful Learning   Hip Homeschool Moms Weekly Wrap-Up Love to Learn Linky


1 comment:

  1. Looks like you had so much fun. My boys would love this


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