Sunday, September 25, 2011

Apples and Lighthouses

We just finished up a really fun week of school. Our book, The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge by Hildegarde H. Swift, was loved by all. It is a fictional story about a real lighthouse and the George Washington bridge in New York City. In the story, a once proud lighthouse begins to feel quite small when he compares himself to the enormous bridge being built beside him.

This story gave us an opportunity to learn about the difference between taking pride in a job well done and becoming boastful. We discussed personification as it is used in the story. Aidan drew a picture of some smily little "personified" oil drops for me. We made some drawings showing contrasting size and also learned about lighthouses. We made little red lighthouses at the end of the week.

We are continuing to work our way through more letters in our reading book. For math, we worked on patterns and geometric shapes. In handwriting, Aidan practiced vertical and horizontal lines and backward circles.

We took an awesome trip to an apple orchard with friends. The kids had a blast on the hay ride, picking apples, petting goats and playing in the hay maze. We shared donuts and cider with each other and about a millions bees! We have been eating our way through our giant bag of apples.

This weekend, we visited another great farm. Three Cedars Farm had tons of free activities for the kids like a giant corn box (instead of sand), the cutest petting zoo ever and a tractor derby track.

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