(6/18 – 6/29) We learned a lot and visited new places as we rowed The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge by Hildegarde H. Swift. All three of the boys enjoyed listening to this book and I liked it too. I love it when a book is based on a true story. This book is written about the red lighthouse at the bottom of the George Washington Bridge and it is still standing today. We read a great go along book suggested in the Five in a Row Volume 2 manual, Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie. Another book based on the true story of an experience had by a lighthouse keeper’s daughter as she kept the lights burning in their lighthouse for several weeks during a storm that kept her father at sea.
We learned about:
- three color printmaking
- compound words
- the difference between good and bad pride
Here are some pictures of our learning fun:
Illustrations using three colors—red, blue and black. All of the illustrations in the book use three colors only—red, blue and black. Joe used a combination of an art lesson on drawing lighthouses from Art Projects for Kids, and an illustration from the book to draw his own 3 color picture. He did a really great job! He is always so patient and takes his time when he draws and I love that.
This was mine and the kids first time ever being in a lighthouse. It was a cool experience. There were 167 winding steps to the top. Lighthouse keepers had to carry a 50 lb. bucket full of oil up and down these stairs!
After our tour of the lighthouse we enjoyed the beautiful beach at Hunting Island. Definitely the prettiest beach I’ve ever been to! I ♥ the beach. This was one of my most memorable rows because of our visit to the lighthouse and the discovery of a new beach that I know will become a favorite, one we’ll hopefully make many memories at together.
Up next we learned about Paul Revere as we celebrated the fourth of July.