(3/5/12 – 3/9/12) We spent some time in South Africa with Honey…Honey…Lion!, by Jan Brett. (Even though this was not a Five in a Row selection I treated it just like one and we ‘rowed’ it, so I am including it in my FIAR label.) This is such a fun book. It is full of action, animals, animals and more animals and all three of my boys thoroughly enjoyed it—so did I!
We learned about:
- South Africa (Botswana)
- the African savanna
- the importance of working together and sharing
- the people and culture of South Africa, housing, foods and land/climate
Joe completed several notebooking pages about South Africa, hippos and labeled a map. Right now I’m having him label just a few things on his maps. As he does mapping more and gets a bit older I will add to it. He is doing so good and I’m very proud of him.
Joe drew a hippo using an online art lesson I found. He says his hippo is in the middle of a water hole.
The little boys made a safari picture with animal crackers and pasta lions.
We had Malva Pudding. It was like bread pudding and SO good! Definitely something I would make anytime for a good dessert. Everyone enjoyed it and it was super quick and easy to make.
We took a trip to the zoo to end our week and made sure to read about all of the animals that were native to the South Africa/Botswana area that our zoo has. I gave the boys some animal cards before we left so they could play a sort of I Spy game looking for as many of the animals as they could find. I didn’t actually get any pictures with them and the cards, or any pictures of the African animals, but I did get a lot of cute ones of the kids :-).
In other subjects this week…Joe learned double digit addition and subtraction. It was a little tricky for him at first, but once he caught on he was hooked and asked for more problems all week long. We finished up Singapore 1B and began 2A this week. We also finished up Life of Fred Apples and covered the first couple lessons in Butterflies today. Even though the first several Life of Fred elementary books will be very simple for Joe, he is loving them and begs to do his Fred math.
He is having fun writing in his journal each day. It’s a highlight for me to read what he writes and see the pictures he draws in it. Last week he was really into writing poems each day.
This was a very simple row, but we still had a lot of fun with it. The last 10 days we’ve had an awesome time rowing Harold and the Purple Crayon. I’ll be sharing it soon. Next up is Egypt, per Joe’s request.
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