A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments at SouleMama.
|Snapshot Summary, May 14-18|
For the past four years, we have been going to the same strawberry patch.
They have a hay ride and we meet with all of our homeschooling friends.
Quentin's 8th Birthday
My baby turned 8 years old on Friday and his request for a birthday "cake" was a stack of Katie's no-bake cookies.
History and Geography
"Strawberry parties were so popular in the 1850's that people said the country had 'strawberry fever.'"
-Abraham Lincoln for Kids: His Life and Times With 21 Activities By Janis Herbert
|Alex's notebook page|
|map from Interactive 3-D Maps: American History by Donald Silver and Patricia Wynne|
The boys put together and colored maps to show the economic importance of the River boats on the Mississippi from 1840-1860. They identified the states that surrounded the Mississippi River.
Our blog friends at The Fantastic Five sent us postcards from Tennessee, which was a great way to get the boys excited about our trip.
For this activity, you will need records of tile and geoboard designs from exploring numbers at the number stations.
Quentin placed Unifix cubes around the perimeter of the base design, snapped the cubes together into sticks of tens, counted them and recorded the total. He repeated this many times for the various designs of six to ten.
Recording Number Patterns from Surrounding Patterns
|We didn't have enough cubes of any one color, so he had to combine colors to equal each row. This is fine as long as he doesn't get the colors confused.|
Using Surrounding Pattern pages, Quentin put the Unifix cubes back on the graph paper on top of the patterns. Then he took the cubes for each row and snap the cubes together and compare the number of cubes with those used in the previous surrounding. He broke the rods into rows of ten and whatever is left over.
Favorite Resources This Week
We are watching this true story of the English schoolteacher who travels to Siam to become the King's appointed tutor for the royal children in the 1860s. It is based on this book, which I have enjoyed reading.
This is a great modernized version of the story, written for ages 9 and up.
We love it.
We will be taking a vacation until June 7, so my posting will be a little different for the next few weeks.
Oh. and look at what Sam found in the backyard.
Yes, it is a very long snake skin.