Saturday, May 7, 2011

Ferdinand & Miss Rumphius

Our FIAR book this week was The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf. It's an older book and a very sweet story about a good-natured bull in Spain that just wants to sit under a cork tree and smell the flowers. I remembered the book from when I was younger and Aidan really enjoyed it. It was another age-appropriate selection for us.

On Monday, for social studies, we visited the library and checked out a book about Spain to study. We also listened to some fun Spanish music and watched some flamenco dancing videos. For language arts, on Tuesday, we learned about interjections. We printed some drama cards for art on Wednesday and Aidan acted out some events in the story. Thursday, for math, we learned about measuring in feet and inches.

Yesterday, for science, we learned about cork oak trees. We made a cool cork trivet with some old wine corks I saved when Matt and I were just dating. I'll admit, when I started saving wine corks from special occasions, I never thought they would be used for homeschool science projects!

Last week, we studied Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney. A young girl narrates the story of her great-aunt's life and the remarkable things she has accomplished. It was a great springtime selection and we had nice weather for some great outdoor activities. We discussed the importance of finding and doing special work and made a little booklet detailing the special work that Aidan could do. We did some painting for art and practiced counting for math. For science, we made a seed book and scattered some wildflower seeds around the edges of our yard. We didn't plan quite as many activities as it was a busy week for us. Matt took Aidan to work for a few hours for Take Your Child to Work Day and that was BIG FUN for both of them!

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