Week Seventeen


Parker offered to give Ruby a lesson using game we played this week.  Ruby often sings Suzuki songs and plays piano during the day, especially Mary Had a Little Lamb and Chant Arab (she sings ‘I go up, I go up…’, the practice words).

Both boys played wonderfully at the senior center. Parker played Mary Had a Little Lamb. Miles played Indian Song. The previous two links are the videos (but not really good recordings) on YouTube of the boys playing. We heard many other great pieces by other students too.

Music bingo sheet using Pokemon cards as markers.

Using Animal Rummy cards, each card has a post-it with a song name or part of a piece.  Miles and Parker choose a card and then played that song.

Listening to Suzuki Discs one and two, Toy Story sound track, and Harry Potter sound tracks. Miles continues working on Minuet in G minor by J. S. Bach and begins Happy Farmer by R. Schumann. Parker is working on playing Honey Bee (a Bohemian Folk Song) and Little Playmates by F. X. Chwatal with both hands.


Miles folding over a wet paper towel containing four pea seeds and will put into a bag.  Other bags contain dry pea seeds and pea seeds with too much water.  Which will sprout first?  Why?

Two days later…sprouting!

Living Sunlight: How plants bring the earth to life by Molly Bang and Penny Chisholm and experiment from Experiments with Plants by Christine Taylor-Butler.

Wedges by Valerie Bodden and experiment from Step by Step Experiments with Simple Machines by Gina Hagler.  Miles liked the rocket pack in Wackiest Machines Ever by Paul Mason.  Work by Sally M. Walker and Roseann Feldmann brought to mind lots of simple machines we use daily.

Kitchen science…Cupcakes!  Read ‘Cupcake Chemistry’ from Cool Chemistry Concoctions by Joe Rhatigan and Veronika Alice Gunter.

Why do oil and milk stay separate?  How do they rise and get puffy when baked?  Our simple recipe (altered from one at allrecipes):  Mix 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup cocoa powder, 1 teaspoon each of baking soda and salt.  Mix 1/3 cup vegetable oil, 1 cup milk, and 1 teaspoon vinegar.  Mix the wet ingredients with the dry.  Scoop into lined tins.  Bake 12 to 18 minutes at 350 until done.

Update on our banana and the balloon.  The gas released from the decomposing banana is slowly filling up the balloon.

NASA for pictures of the moon after reading If You Decide to Go To the Moon by Faith McNulty.  Miles decided what he would take to the moon (apples and oranges).

Read Monkeys and other Mammals by Mary Schulte on BookFlix.

Sang The Plant Part Song from Mrs. Jones site.  Real Trees 4 Kids site for songs about plants.

Doubling Dough experiment also from book Cool Chemistry Concoctions and we discussed how and why dough rises.


Deep Space Sparkle lesson for drawing a bird.  We are calling them chickens because Miles is learning to play The Happy Farmer by Schumann.  Our piano teacher referred to the left hand part as the farmer and the right hand as the chickens.

Hang On, Hopper! by Marcus Pfister.  Hand print turned to bunnies (idea from some kindergarten site).

Mike Venezia’s series of ‘Getting to Know the Wold’s Greatest Artists’ Marc Chagall.  Marc Chagall lesson “Great art picks up where nature ends” from Scott Hotaling’s blog.  As per the lesson instructions, Miles drew a house and then turned the paper a quarter turn.  Then he drew himself holding something he liked and turned the paper a quarter turn.  Then drew trees and flowers and turned it.  Last he drew the moon with an expression on it.  He painted it with bright, vibrant colors.
Math and Logic

Cribbage by adding the dice and moving their Lego sword along the board.

Word Problem-Solving Fun You Can, Toucan, Math by David A. Adler.  Miles reads a short number story and writes the equation and solves it.  We do a few pages at a time and discuss that there are a few ways to get a correct answer.

Elevator or Stairs Game:  a word problem story inspired by our recent stay in a hotel.  Miles adds or subtracts an amount of floors depending on whether he’s going to the pool, his room, or to the lobby, etc.

Roll and multiply by two (or double it). Not to worry, he knows the last one should be ten, not eleven.

Berenstain Bears Catch the Bus: A  Tell the Time Story. Put post-its over the digital clocks in the book. As we read the book, Miles reads the analog clocks and writes the time on the post-its.

Cupcake fractions.  We switched the cupcake liners and Miles recorded the new fraction.

Social Studies

Animal Folk Tales of America by Tony Palazzo

Mr. Putter and Tabby Spin the Yarn by Cynthia Rylant. Story about being a good neighbor. Discussion about names of our neighbors and where they live.

Language Arts

We compiled a few favorite snack recipes into a book.  Miles alphabetized them and wrote them in the table of contents.  We made the cupcake recipe this week and read Cupcake by Charise Mercile Harper.

You Read to Me, I’ll Read to You by Mary Ann Hoberman, a collection of short fables.

Hennepin County Library Homeschooling Resources page offers BookFlix, which are online stories to read from Scholastic. We watched the story ‘The Curious Garden’ and read ‘Helping Out’ to go along with our discussion of plants. You’ll need to enter your library bar code to use the site.

Doing What Works from Hennepin County Library Resource for Teachers good for education-based practices for teaching. We used Drexel University’s link for fraction practice.

Sometimes the boys like to work in their workbooks from BrainQuest.

Review of nouns and verbs. Home made mad lib from an easy reader Toy Story book.

On Wednesday, read Wacky Wednesday by Dr. Seuss and practiced alliteration.  Everyone looked for the wacky things in the book.

After reading about plants and veggies, we shared reading turns of a silly poem ‘When Daddy Sat on the Tomatoes’ by Jack Prelutsky.

Homeschool Share activities (matching words with the object) for Wacky Wednesday and The Fox in Socks, both by Dr. Seuss.  Miles matched up the picture with the word.

Parker requested (high frequency) word bingo.

After reading I Do Not Like Greens by Paul Orshoski, we did an activity from the book, similar to hangman but using a smiley face.
Health and Wellness

Saving Money by Mary Firestone.  Boys were surprised to hear that ‘Money once was kept in jars made from pygg clay.  Artists started shaping the jars like pigs’ (pp. 12).

Learning about ways to allocate money from allowance and gifts. We’re taking another run at keeping up with the chore chart.

Splashing it up at swim night at Dowling.


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