Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Make Way for Ducklings (Five in a Row) and Week Three Recap

I'm very behind on blogging about homeschooling. We went to Illinois for almost a week in the middle of the month when my great-grandmother died. September started up some extra activities for us. And life just gets filled with many other ordinary and wonderful things, but I want to still try to keep a record online on what we have done.  Here is a look a week three.

The story we rowed was Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey.  There is a reason this is a classic. The ducks are lovable, the storyline sweet, and it lends itself to many extension activities.  We didn't even get around to some that I had lined up - there's always next time.

What We Did:
We started the week off by going to a park where we are actually allowed to feed the ducks. (our favorite park has signs prohibiting that.)  The ducks and geese were out in full force and the way they circled around us was a bit overwhelming.  I think we all freaked out a bit at their demands at one point, which accounts for me not getting a sweet and picturesque shot of the boys feeding Mr. and Mrs. Mallard.

We read a few nonfiction books about ducks and ducklings. The book Just Ducks was probably our favorite go-along this week. Bubby and I made another KWL chart for the duck topic. We did an experiment with water and oil to discover why ducks don't get wet, and we informally compared mama and daddy ducks - their looks, their roles, etc.

Last year we read The Story of Ping for Five in a Row, so we reread it this week and compared and contrasted the stories just through conversation about both books.  There were some great vocabulary words and just some old-fashioned things to discuss in Make Way for Ducklings.

Uncle Chow and Auntie Missa happened to visit Boston this summer, so Bubby and I looked at the many pictures of famous places Auntie Missa had posted online.  There was also a really neat google tour specifically for Make Way for Ducklings, so we used that as well.  We located Massachusetts on the map (and China when we reread Ping) and colored and labeled a MA map and surrounding states. Bubby tracing the state names doubled for handwriting practice that day.

In other areas of academics, we covered the "ch" sound in phonics. In math we learned about place value to the 100s. This is just an introduction with MathUSee, but by the end of the week I think Bubby was feeling better about some of the concepts of place value. I know we will hit this more next year in math.  We also did a fun duck-based math sheet with manipulatives that worked on some pre-multiplication concepts. In handwriting we introduced U and C, and in Spanish we began our second series.  Bubby started piano lessons this week, so that was exciting to begin that journey.

Favorite Things:
Bubby's favorite thing this week had nothing to do with our duck theme.  I let him really help me make peach muffins one afternoon. He helped measure and pour in, but he really liked when I let him (with supervision) cut slices of peaches into the little pieces we needed. He ran to his room to get his chef hat. It was quite precious, and the muffins were delicious.

What I Learned:
I realized how fast time flies. From starting piano to helping more in the kitchen, Bubby is growing up so fast! This was a fun week of learning with both boys.

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