Friday, December 30, 2011

Rowing :: The Rag Coat

Before Christmas break we "rowed" The Rag Coat. I thought it was a wonderful story though the boys got a little bored with it. It was a little longer of a book for my guys.

We're trying out some new "ways" of doing school in the mornings and as such I didn't get as many pictures of this "row". And I had a lot of activities and lapbook components that I didn't get to. We tried to have fun though.

Seatwork ::


We colored our flag for the contry that our story takes place and found the country and area on the map. The Rag Coat takes place in the coal mining area of the United States. So we got to color our flag and homeschool share had a great map of the Appalachian Mountain area to color.

Coal ::

We don't live in an area where coal is used so my kids are completely unfamiliar with the mining or production or use of coal. I meant to get some coal, I was thinking the big box hardware store would have some I could buy but I never got around to it. We had purchased some charcoal to draw with for a different "row" so I pulled some of it out and let the boys experiment with the way it felt and drew and the mess it made.


We also watched this video about how coal is formed from Answers in Genesis (thanks to Michelle).

Cooking ::

From my research with what others did during their "row" of this book I found many people made "coal cookies". Of course I remember them as magic cookie bars from my growing up years. So, sounds like a good reason to make them!


Everyone got a pile of graham crackers to smoosh up into crumbs. After they got their hands dirty we used the rolling pin to really get them squashed up.


The finished product. Yum!!!

While the cookies were cooking we watched another video I found via Michelle about the layers of the earth. Careful, the song sticks in your head...I was humming it for the rest of the afternoon!

Links ::

Delightful Learning - inspiration, links, videos
All Kind of a Family - inspiration
Homeschool Share - some lapbook ideas
Aussie Pumpkin Patch - TONS of lapbook stuff :: couldn't even get to everything!

And Linking up to :: 


Michelle said...

Looks like you had fun! How could you NOT with those cookies! I want some NOW! :) Those videos are great {and catchy} - I love AIG.

Kristina said...

Thanks for sharing! We enjoy FIAR, too! That dessert looks AMAZING-- I am all for cooking/baking during our lessons : )

Stopping by from Homeschool Creations Linky Party. Stop by my blog if you get a chance!

Jolanthe Erb said...

My kids will love those songs ~ definitely have to share them with them! :)

Anonymous said...

Love FIAR and have been wanting to do this book for some time. Great idea with the charcoal. I also love the pictures of your kids behind the sunflowers. What a great idea. I also don't show my kids faces on my blog and am always trying to come up with creative photos that show what we are doing without revealing their identity. Found you from Homeschool Creations link up. :-) ~Julie