March 19th – April 4th
Because my morning sickness strikes in the afternoon and gets worse as the evening progresses (ironic that I don’t have it in the morning!), my only time to type on the computer is moot as I want only to lie on a couch at that point, not typing anything! So I am taking one morning where I am feeling okay and catching up on what we’ve been learning. I will break it into two manageable parts – a part one over our John James Audubon study and a part two over our Henry David Thoreau study.
- Read aloud to Gabe and Lily: The Boy Who Drew Birds: A Story of John James Audubon by Jacqueline Davies
- Read aloud to Gabe and Lily: Into The Woods: John James Audubon Lives His Dream by Robert Burleigh
- Gabe read Audubon: Painter of the Birds on the Wild Frontier by Jennifer Armstrong independently and used it in his narration compilation.
- Gabe and Lily both put together a narration on who John James Audubon was based on all the books they read. Gabe used his as a Language Arts exercise as well and Lily added a picture narration to her oral narration.
- Read Beatrix Potter by Alexandra Wallner (a biography of her life).
- Read My Dear Noel: The Story of a Letter from Beatrix Potter by Jane Johnson (a great book about how she started the Peter Rabbit series).
- Started to read The Flower Hunter: William Bartram, America’s First Naturalist by Deborah Kogan Ray (Didn’t finish – kid’s weren’t interested at all. Was disappointed in that. I loved this book!).
- Read Birds at Home by Marguerite Henry (our favorite living book on birds!)
- Read Birds at My Feeder by Glen & Loates (our other most read living bird book)
- Used Stokes Beginner’s Guide to Birds field guide to identify birds in our back yard and see where in the United States certain birds live.
- Read Birds: Nature’s Magnificent Flying Machines by Caroline Arnold and discussed how feathers and flight work.
- Read An Egg is Quiet by Dianna Aston & Sylvia Long. The kids had most fun finding camouflaged eggs and picking which egg they wanted to draw.
- Read Birds at Night by Roma Gans – a great overall book on how birds act, what they eat, how they survive. The kids favorite I think.
- Read A Nest Full of Eggs by Priscilla Belz Jenkins – a good book to herald in spring as it is mostly about the arrival of robins returning in the spring.
- Practiced studying a bird and trying to draw it realistically. The kids enjoyed this as the best part of the week both weeks and they loved using their new colored pencils!
- Looked through The Living World of Audubon by Roland C. Clement to see samples of Audubon’s work and read journal entries.
- Used Nature Book to Color to color different birds realistically.
- Read Henri, Egg Artiste by Marcus Pfister and had fun discussing the “real” art used on the eggs. Good picture study for the kids.
- Used Art For Kids: Drawing in Color by Kathryn Temple to practice drawing an egg and working on how to shade and how light hits an object.
- Kids played with The Bird Songs Anthology by Les Beletsky almost daily.
- Listened to music CD For the Birds full of bird folk songs, poetry, and bird calls!
- Read the Easter story out of the Bible.
- Read The Legend of the Easter Egg by Lori Walburg and James Bernardin.
- Read The Very First Easter by Paul L. Maier.
- Read The Story of Easter by Aileen Fisher (the kids favorite).
- Read the whole Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit series.
- Read chapters 1-4 of Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White.
- Read The Odd Egg by Emily Gravett.
- Watched the Audio story of The Ugly Duckling by Hans Christian Anderson.
- Watched the Audio story of The Story ABout Ping by Marjorie Flack.
- Watched the Audio story of Make Way For Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
- Read Petunia by Roger Duvoisin.
- Lily – in Language Arts Lessons book: review of sentences and punctuation; copywork (manuscript practice); phonics practice; poetry reading; reading practice
- Gabe – in Language Arts Lesosns book: pronouns, paragraphs, initials and abbreviations (also used his history narration in practicing editing and when to use pronouns and paragraphs properly in real-life writing); review of plurals, adjectives, adverbs, and capitilization; copywork in cursive; poetry reading
- Luc – phonics practice with mom in the Blue Book; Kumon cards
- Lily – Filling in 100’s chart (partially blank 3x, all blank 3x); Math U See chapter 21 – addition of missing number
- Gabe – Math U See chapters 19 and 20 – skip counting and multiplying by 8
Latin – Gabe
- New words: sed, via, porto, quid, tuba, ager, paro
- Review of flashcards.
- Gabe & Lily – Magic School Bus chapter books (science); Ivy and Bean audio book (literature)
- Gabe – How Things Work by David Macaulay (science) and How Do You Lift a Lion (science – about force, friction, levers, pulleys); Woollybear Goodbye (literature w/touch of science)
- Lily – There’s a Wocket in My Pocket and Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Suess (phonics and reading practice)
- Lily, Luc and Lilah – A First Discovery Book: The Egg (science); Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit series (Peter Rabbit, The Tale of Two Bad Mice, and The Tale of The Pie and The Patty Pan)