Friday, December 9, 2011

Rowing :: Grandfather's Journey

I'm going to say that Grandfather's Journey was probably my least favorite "row" this year. There wasn't a lot to find as far as ideas in Internet-land and while the manual does have ideas I usually use them more for a jumping off place, for this book they were more "mature" than I was needing. The boys liked the book when we read it each day and asked good questions along the way but it just wasn't so engaging.

Seatwork ::


We did do a little booklet about generations since the character in the book talks about his grandfather and mother. If my boys would have had the attention span for it I thought later it would have been fun to ask our Grandfathers for stories about their adventures or memories.

Special ::


I've always wanted some pattern blocks and while Internet Christmas shopping I found this
set from Melissa and Doug. I snapped it up and thought it would tie in nicely with our unit. And #4 thought they were great! I had him start with the train and ship since those are what Grandfather used on his journey.

Birds :: 


Grandfather kept birds both when he was away from his homeland and when he went back to remind him of his adopted home. I wanted to, of course, find some worksheets and fun activities about birds but I didn't. I did pull out our book, First Animal Encyclopedia, and we looked through the section on birds. For as poorly as I did in planning, it turned out to be a great part of week. #2 and #3 poured over the book and ohhh'd and ahhhh'd at each page.

Origami ::



Again while Christmas shopping I found an origiami set that I snatched up and told Mr. Wiedz I needed for school. Of course everyone joined in for paper folding fun. This worked out best as I asked #1 to help #3 while #4, #2 and I worked on a pattern (I photocopied the instructions from the book so we could all work at the same time). We all had a great time and discovered how difficult origami is!

Links ::

homeschool share - map, flag, generations book, Japanese culture book

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing! I struggle for additional ideas for some books, too. I love "seeing" rows completed already and using it inspire ideas.

I think you did wonderful! Origami is always exciting to watch something fold into an imagination project.

May you and your family have an enjoyable and relaxing weekend.