(4/2 – 4/6) We had a very fun and busy week of learning here at home the week of Easter. It also happened to be a week that one little one was getting over being sick and another little one got sick, so I’m glad I had so much planned for inside learning and fun.
I’m saying ‘sort of FIAR’ for this book because we didn’t really row any one book, but I did use many of the FIAR ideas from the manual for Peter Rabbit. The two little boys loved the story of Peter and Mr. MacGregor and laughed out loud throughout my reading it each time—they asked for it. I’ll be honest and say that this isn’t one of my favorite books and never has been—no particular reason why—and Joe wasn’t too fond of hearing it over and over again either, but the little boys—that was another story :-).
Joe and I completed an experiment on growing seeds using lima beans in a mason jar. He had never done anything like this and loved it! He checked on his bean seeds each day multiple times and was so excited to see them sprouting! Jack enjoyed watching the bean seeds sprout too and was just as excited as Joe when he saw them finally growing into plants. Joe took this a step farther and planted his own bean seed and some grass seeds in little pots and placed them in his bedroom windowsill. He is still lovingly caring for them each day. He has decided he loves growing things and wants to plant some things in the garden at Pop Pop’s :-). **You can only see a tiny sprout in the last picture of our bean, but it grew all the way up out of the jar by the end of the next week.**
Since it was Easter week and eggs are in abundance, I also prepared a few activities for Jack on the letter E. We read lots of ‘E’ books, used a letter ‘E’ play doh mat, made an ‘E’ is for Egg picture, we hid plastic eggs around the house for an egg hunt—I’d placed pictures of things that began with the letter ‘E’ inside the plastic eggs—and he played a lowercase egg matching game with the plastic eggs.
Joe and I read books about the parts of eggs, an egg from the very beginning to a hatched baby chick, looked at all of the parts of a real egg, and then he completed a worksheet on labeling the parts independently.
Joe made an Easter egg using painter’s tape, cardboard egg template, watercolor paper, a white crayon and watercolor paints. He used a crayon resist technique and it turned out pretty. He thought it was cool to watch the paint slip over his white crayon lines and leave the designs he’d drawn.
In addition to the things we did to go along with our books, Joe worked on his daily journal entries, Language Lessons and Math. He finished Singapore 1B a few weeks ago so I had him resume working to finish Daily Word Problems Grade 1 (Evan Moor). He has now finished it too. We will begin Saxon Math 3 shortly. Joe has actually wrapped up all of his 1st grade texts and is on break before we begin his 2nd grade texts.
Here are a few samples of what he’s done the last few weeks:
And, before I wrap this up, Jesse was with us last week even though he hasn’t made an appearance in this post yet :-). He read with us and played with lots of different learning toys I have on our shelves like puzzles, several Guidecraft sets, play doh, lacing cards and so forth.
Next up we are studying nature critters and butterflies as we row the Salamander Room. My printer and desktop PC have been down for nearly two weeks :( so we had lots of hands-on activities during this row. We got outside lots and it was so much fun!
Ideas, inspiration and printables for this row can be found at:
- Homeschool Creations Garden Preschool Pack and letter ‘E’ play doh mat
- Inner Child Fun Handprint Bunnies
- The Chocolate Muffin Tree crayon resist Easter eggs
- Spell Outloud’s letter ‘E’ activities
- Totally Tots letter ‘E’ is for Egg craft
- Egg parts printable
- Usborne Science Activities Volume 1, pgs. 50-51
- Preschool Corner and 5K Too!
- Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers Weekly Wrap-Up