(3/12 – 3/21) We had so much fun rowing Harold and the Purple Crayon! I spread this row out over 7 days instead of 5 so we could take our time and enjoy everything I planned. I’ve always enjoyed this book, but it definitely has an even more special place in my heart after these last two weeks.
We learned about:
- imagination and creativity
- primary, secondary and tertiary colors
- the moon and moon phases – Lesson 6 from Apologia Astronomy
After reading the book together the very first day we discussed that the setting in Harold is always changing. It’s not in the same place, or even a couple places, as in most stories we’ve read, but it changes due to where Harold’s imagination takes him.
We looked at the pictures of the cityscape in the book and then Joe created a cityscape at night with a moon and stars. I absolutely love how it turned out. This one is going to be framed and hung on our art wall for sure! While Joe was making his cityscape, the little boys were having fun with homemade puff paint and making moons. The homemade puff paint is always a huge hit, and I love it too because it cleans up fast and smells so good.
We learned about the phases of the moon, waxing and waning and read Lesson 6 from Apologia Astronomy. Joe played a matching game about moon phases using our Education cubes and printable inserts. I made the phases of the moon using Oreo cookies and all of the boys enjoyed eating them during the game :-).
We made homemade purple moon sand. We had a picnic lunch just like Harold, but with lunch food, not pies :-). We saved our pie for later in the week for dessert and fractions. The little boys had fun mixing tempera paints to make the colors of green, orange and purple. Then, they had fun painting with the colors they made. Joe learned what primary, secondary and tertiary colors are. He completed a cool color wheel activity using a dropper, tinted water, toothpicks and a paper towel. He used the primary colors to make 12 different colors. He loved this activity. I did too. It was a really neat one. I made edible purple crayons. They were good and a big hit with all of us! I love dipped pretzel rods. Joe played a fraction matching game, again, using our Education cubes. And, we had key lime pie. We just had one kind of pie instead of nine like Harold :-). While I would slice the pie pieces and put them onto everyone’s plate, Joe would tell me what fraction of the pie was left.
This row was SO much fun! I woke up excited to do school each day. I have been having the best time with our homeschool the last few months. It’s been a breath of much needed fresh air and I’m so very thankful for it. I love my kids deeply and love homeschooling them the same.
Inspiration, ideas and printables for Harold and the Purple Crayon and other learning resources can be found at:
- Art Projects for Kids – cityscape at night
- Delightful Learning’s row of Harold and the Purple Crayon – lots of awesome ideas!
- Apologia Astronomy
- Mama Jenn’s Education Cubes and inserts
- Gourmet Mom on the Go – edible crayons and printable wrappers
- No Time for Flashcards homemade puff paint recipe (we LOVE this and use it lots!)
- Homemade moon sand recipe (via Delightful Learning, link above)
- Homeschool Creations Preschool Corner and 5K too!
- Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers Weekly Wrap-Up