Week Twenty-Three

Health and Wellness

Enjoying some hilly terrain

Pedaled to Dowling Community Gardens with snacks, waters, and portable lessons (mainly seed science, see below)

Transferring popcorn seeds with a small spoon

A first for her this spring…triking all the way to the park

Revisiting old favorite healthy snacks such as fruit parfaits (layer yogurt with berries) and sunrise smoothies (blend strawberries and a bit of orange juice).

Transferring colored ice cubes and adding sails (toothpick poking through a triangle paper) to make boats from Alpha Mom.  Will they float?  Actually they didn’t, they just tipped over towards the toothpick.

Drawing mental images as we read the poem ‘The Crocodile’s Toothache’ by Shel Silverstein.  Made some Tooth Fairy rhymes from Homeshare Share.  Miles has a top front wiggly tooth…get ready Tooth Fairy!


Ruby gets to carry a birdhouse and is proud.

Easy assembly.  Discuss which types of birds may choose this house (nuthatch, wren, or tufted titmouse).

For Rent:  Newly on the market…cozy and dry…calling all nuthatches and wrens!

We’ll start these seeds indoors.  As they grow, then we’ll measure a plant each month, record, and Miles can draw a flower.

Alphabetizing the seed names and printing them on the sheet.

Miles working on a math word problem worksheet to help us see how many cups we’ll need for planting.

Parker counted out five cups per seed packet.  Miles wrote the equations and products (such as 5 cups x 5 packets = 25 cups).  He also wrote the first initial of the seed type on the cups, such as ‘w’ for watermelon seed cups.

Filling cups with dirt brought from home.

Ready for our basement’s sunny window ledge.

Making bread.  The boys really like watching the milk, sugar, yeast mixture as it gets foamy.  Talk about yeast and how it makes dough rise.  Some explanation from Kidipede.

After dividing the dough into 16 pieces, we rolled them into ‘snakes’ and then coiled them into rolls.  Used King Arthur Flour recipe.

Spring Equinox, explanation and activities from Scholastic.

Comparing our onions’ green heights, roots, and appearance.  Deciding which would be better to plant in the yard?.

Mercury by Christine Taylor-Butler with spelling practice and processing questions.

Very close up image of new addition to our solar system…asteroid belt.  Read Meteor Showers by J. A. Kelley and added asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. Miles was amazed by the size of Meteor Crater in Arizona, which is about 4,000 ft. across.   According to the book, the next meteor shower to watch for is April 21 to 23, and Star Date has more information.  Looked at NASA site.

Math and Logic

Working on Kidzone’s magic square and word problem with St. Patrick’s Day theme in our outdoor classroom.

Zero the Hero by Joan Holub.  Read outside with chalk, all wrote numbers or drew while hearing the humerous story about the number 0 and his pals.  We enjoyed the plays on words/numbers.

Miles and Parker do the math before we start assembling Inner Child Fun’s Sponge Bombs.

Miles constructed forts for all.

Miles makes cubes out of floor tiles.

Timeline (skip counting by tens years) to link up some historical events and people we are reading about:  Lewis and Clark exploration, births of Laura Ingalls Wilder and Georgia O’Keefe.  Relating those dates to when the children’s great grandparents were born.

On the backside, the timeline continued  (skip counting by one year this time) to include the children’s birth years.  Blank post-its are for special events Miles and Parker choose to add.

Songs for Teaching for Alligator Greater Less Than, Crazy Polygon Shapes, which were interesting for Parker and Ruby (but too silly for Miles).

Miles continues working on his Singapore math and BrainQuest workbooks.

Pieces of Science provided Shel Silverstein’s poem ‘Smart’ which is about money and can be used as a subtraction story problem.  Homeschool Share for processing the math sheets.  Miles reviews coins and practices spellings.  Parker found and counted the coins as we read.

Language Arts

As we read spring poems and stories about spring, Miles made a spring drawing to include an insect, plant, spring weather, and activity he likes to do in the spring.

‘The Spring Beauty’ by Henry R. Schoolcraft, an Ojibbeway legend from Apples 4 the Teacher for first day of spring.

Spring nature poems by Robert Louis Stevenson and Evaleen Stein from Apples 4 the Teacher.

Syllables and Haiku (5 syllables in the first line, 7 in the next, 5 in the last). Read Basho Matsuo’s poetry at Your Dictionary.  Clapped the syllables while reading Haiku examples from Giggle Poetry.  In review of other forms of poetry, Miles wrote an acrostic poem about Legos.

Miles usually tucks right into a book on a library visit.


Drawing spring branches.  Last fall, we came here to draw trees and bare branches.

Everyone used cray-pas and white drawing paper.

Art inspired by ‘White Shell with Red’ by Georgia O’Keeffe, 1938.

Georgia O’Keeffe by Mike Venezia.  Find and color in the states that O’Keeffe lived on our printed United States map.

Painting eggshells for nest egg mosaic, inspired by That Artist WomanBird template from her site.

Collecting materials for bird nest pictures

Miles chose to make a cardinal in his nest (the white is glue drying).

Parker used nest materials for an outline, and added mosaic egg on top.


Bell kit from family

Miles has a new favorite jazz piece that his teacher chose, titled Broken Record.  Check out PBS Kids for history of jazz and review music terms and instruments.  Read Good Night for Ghosts by Mary Pope Osborne, which is a story about Louis Armstrong.  Parker is working on two-handed songs.

Social Studies

BrainQuest workbook pages about farms and Up We Grow!  A Year in the Life of a Small, Local Farm by Deborah Hodge.  Parker practices reading by placing the animal on the word.  Miles practiced printing farm animal names.  As we read, he recorded foods from the farm onto a blank Food Pyramid chart from Nourish InteractiveThe Food Pyramid by Christine Taylor-Butler helped us review and find more ideas for the categories.  Miles liked looking at China’s and Korea’s food pyramids.

Farm Animals:  Fun Facts and Stuff To Do by Tiger Tales.  Write the correct spelling of animals and the names of their baby.  Enchanted Learning has a list.

South America by Libby Koponen and finding and putting Machu Picchu post-it on the world map.  Read about Machu Picchu at Wikipedia.  As we looked at the grounds map, Miles wanted to see where the jail was.  Discussed purpose of the site and language of the country.

Explorers of North America by Christine Taylor-Butler.  Very interested in the packing list for Lewis and Clark’s exploration.  Discus what the boys would pack for an exploration trip.

Settlers came after the Explorers, reading Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder.  Miles made a list animals.  Both born in Wisconsin, Wilder’s birth was just twenty years before Georgie O’Keeffe (our artist of the week).

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