We put in a Cement-Block garden....
a children's garden in our old turtle sandbox, like we do every year, and a herb garden outside the kitchen door.
We made slime...
We finished up our study of the 1930's with a hobo camp dinner...
and then we went on to study the time period between the wars. The centerpiece for our study was Robert McCloskey's books. We branched out to include art, music, science and various other topics...
and making a Mock Apple Pie from Ritz crackers.
Learning History from Old Photographs
We explored learning about history from old family photographs. This is one of me when I was three years old.
Quentin wrote to all of his pen pals and has been anxiously checking the mailbox ever since.
Human Biology: Bones and the Skeletal System
We finished up our bones and skeletal system study this week. We made a spinal column with wagon wheel pasta and gummy Lifesavers.
We did quite a bit of informal nature study. Quentin discovered some wild onions in our backyard and when he pulled them up, he discovered the root system, which led us to a discussion of bulbs and their fibrous root system. He also found a dead spider and brought it in to look at more closely with a magnifying glass.
CollectionsJames has started a leaf collection. I think it is very important that each child have some sort of organized collection some time during their childhood. I wait for them to show a particular interest in something to collect and then I help them come up with a way of organizing their collection.
"We were all meant to be naturalists, each in his degree, and it is inexcusable to live in a world so full of the marvels of plant and animal life and to care for none of these things."
(Charlotte Mason, Vol 1, II, Out-Of-Door Life For The Children, p.61)
On the Menu
We enjoyed Thai Chicken Tacos...
and Baked Salmon with
for dinners this week.
And for Earth Day, I made Earth Cupcakes. I split them in half and put the frosting in the middle, sort of like a filling and they were very popular.
- Day of the Dragon King,(MTH #14), Mary Pope Osborne
- Tree Finder: a manual for the identification of trees by their Leaves, May Watts
- The Sibley guide to Trees
- Geometry for Every Kid, Janice VanCleaves
- Jesse Owens, Tony Gentry
- Jesse Owens, Running Into History, Time For Kids series
- The Candy Bombers: the untold story of the Berlin Airlift and America's Finest Hour, Andrei Cherny
- Make Way for Ducklings, Robert McCloskey
- Lentil, Robert McCloskey
- Tell Them We Remember: the story of the Holocaust, Susan D. Bachrach
- Mrs Katz and Tush, Patricia Polacco
- Always Remember Me: How one Family Survived World War II, Marisabina Russo
- Six Million Paper Clips: The Making of a Children's Holocaust Museum,Peter W. Schroeder and Dagmar Schroeder-Hildebrand
- H is for Honor: a military family alphabet, Devin Scillian and Victor Juhasz
- The Sign Painter, Allen Say
- Mythology of the World, Neil Philip
- Eyewitness: Mummy
- Eyewitness: Mythology
- Kingfisher Voyager: Wild Weather
- Rabbit-cadabra (Bunnicula and Friends) by James Howe and Jeff Mack
sources and inspiration:
- Exploring Creation with Biology, Jay Wile