Week Twenty-One

Health and Wellness

At the Dome for a college baseball game.  The boys are posing so they look like they’re holding it up.

Ruby right at home.

Lots of numbers and things to see for our ‘Baseball ABC’ project.  Read Cool Baseball Facts by Kathryn Clay.

Parker tracing plate, fork, knife, and spoon and learning how to set the table.  He is drawing a slice of pizza on his plate.

Adding another character development to the mix.  This week’s word is ‘compassion’, and is a printout from Sarah’s Sweeties.  Our goal is to remember to practice being compassionate this week, and I notice this behavior often.

Hooray for Family Swim night!


Marveling at the how the spider monkeys use their tails as a third arm.  Using Como Zoo Primate site to remember primate names when we get home.

Parker’s penguin (his favorite at the zoo today).

Studying the turtles in the Rainforest exhibit.

Today happened to be Lil’ Explorer morning at Como Zoo, where nature-based math and literacy activities are displayed on the sun porch.  Families are encouraged to participate in whatever interests the children for any amount of time (actually it’s only from 10am to noon).

Solar system spelling words and alphabetizing.

Solar System by Gregory Vogt and Mars by Melanie Chrismer.  Looking for Mars in the night sky.  Venn diagram to compare and contrast Earth and Mars.

Bison at Como Zoo, one of our North American animals to study this week.

Bison mask, activity from Lewis and Clark for Kids:  Their Journey of Discovery with 21 Activities by Janis Herbert.

Review of parts and systems of the body and food groups with help from Homeschool Share.

Onions growing roots.

Parker has been interested in dinosaurs and in addition to reading many books about dinosaurs, we set out a timeline from Squidoo and printed dinosaur fact cards from the Montessori Print Shop.


Weaving place mats, keeping in mind the bright colors used in Abuela’s Weave by Omar S. Castaneda, which we read last week.  Weaving instructions from Teach Me to Do It Myself by Maya Pitamic.

Read Fuzzy Yellow Ducklings by Matthew Van Fleet.  Our mystery bag contained items of differing texture and everyone named the texture they felt before bringing it out of the bag.  Some items included were a brush, pieces of fleece, pine cones, and small smooth stones.

At the Mill City Museum.

Land-locked while working on the map.

Working on the felt boards.

Teamwork:  Ruby collected the ‘logs’ and puts them back into the water.  Miles and Parker each sort two colors and send them back to Ruby.

You Can Draw Planes, Trains, and other Vehicles by Brenda Sexton and discussion about different forms of transportation, especially the ones seen at Mill City (trains, boat).  Ed Emberley’s Drawing Book of Trucks and Trains.

Math and Logic

Read a subtraction poem about dinosaurs from Alphabet Soup.  Parker removed the dinosaurs, one at a time as we read.

Using an activity from Roman Numerals and Ordinals by Kylie Burns, Miles uses a map and decides where to go first, second, third, fourth, and fifth.

Mr. Putter & Tabby Run the Race (Mr. Putter comes in at first place, Mrs. Teabury second) by Cynthia Rylant and notice the ordinal numbers.

Pizza fraction practice with a poem about pizza from old High Five magazine.  The pizza fractions were cut into pieces and Miles put them together.

Counting and sorting coins.  Miles and Parker used them to ‘buy’ items from our pretend store, printouts found at Making Learning Fun.

Miles using the adding wheel from Montissori for Everyone.  We taped them to paper so he could write the sums.

More practice with greater, less than with printouts from Homeschool Share.

Miles and Parker continue working in their Brainquest workbooks.

Everyone guessed which container has the most water.  Then Ruby poured water from each container into the glass measuring cup.   We noticed that although the liquid was the same quantity (1/2 cup), it may look more or less depending on the container.

Review of kitchen volumes and measuring tools.

Volumes in the kitchen (cards from Montessori for Everyone) and water pouring activity from Teach Me to Do It Myself by Maya Pitamic. Make cinnamon rolls using recipe adapted from All Recipes:  Warm 3/4 cup milk, 2 tbsp butter to melt.  Add 2 tbsp vegetable oil.  Mix 2 1/4 cup flour (I used a mix of whole wheat flour, white, and bread flours), 2 1/4 tsp yeast, 2 tbsp brown sugar, 1/2 tsp salt.  Add 1/4 c water mixed with 1 egg.  Knead in mixer for 5 minutes.  We followed recipe as written and cut dough using dental floss, a trick learned from my supervising teacher during internship days.

Social Studies

Added Taj Mahal and the Great Sphinx of Giza and read about them at Wikipedia. Read Rotten Ralph Helps Out by Jack Gantos and Nicole Rubel, which highlights some true facts about ancient Egypt.

Carnival at Candlelight by Mary Pope Osborne inspires us to look at Venice and learn more about gondolas and Carnival, Piazza San Marco, and Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (painting Neptune Offering Gifts to Venice and others).  Watched a YouTube video about Venice.

What is an island?  Miles and Parker made play dough island and scooped blue tinted water to surround the land.

Lake and headless Lego guy doing the back float.

Land formation study and clay dough models with guidance from Bellevue SchooleHow Family and Teach Me to Do It Myself by Maya Pitamic.

Craig Blacklock’s book Lake Superior Images for beautiful pictures.  Read High Tide in Hawaii by Mary Pope Osborne and discussed Hawaiian Islands, earthquakes, and tsunamis.

Maps printed from Eduplace.  As part of ‘circle time’, we take turns picking the state of the day (cut out state shapes from an envelope), say the capital, what region it is in (northeast, mid-west, etc.), and which states are north, south, east, and west of it.  Then we write the abbreviation on the blank map.

Language Arts

‘Th’ and ‘wh’ sounds.  I read the word, Miles covered it with a block.

Reviewing spelling for common sight words (such as months of the year, days of the week, numbers).

Baseball ABCs, inspired by this weekend’s game.  Alphabetized game words (a short list – score, team, inning, pitcher…).

File Folder Fun game for Parker where he matches a picture to the word.

Practicing the signs for letters a – c in sign language and for words apple, baby, cat, car, from My First Book of Sign Language.

Merriam-Webster’s Word Central and our old Webster Dictionary for word of the day.  Miles gets to choose the words this week.

Handwriting Worksheets for cursive and print practice.

Parker worked on phonetic alphabet and tracing them on salt.  Activity from Teach Me to Do It Myself by Maya Pitamic.


In group class, Miles performed Minuet in G minor (Bach) and  created a picture of a boat, which symbolizes the melody, floating in the music (water).  He continues work on Minuet in G minor and Happy Farmer.  Miles plays Star Wars’ Across the Stars by John Williams.

Parker performed Mary Had a Little Lamb in his group class and participated.  We discussed and sang about components of the grand staff and clapped rhythms.   Parker continues working on Cuckoo (German folk song) using both hands.

We continue listening to both Suzuki book discs in the morning and pop music and Star Wars tunes on Spotify.


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