Week Twenty-Four

Health and Wellness

Family game of kick ball.  Miles does ‘ten turtles in a toilet, one jumps out’ to see who is up first.

Wood chipping weekend and wagon rides.

Enjoying our daily play park adventures and parent chats, as usual!


Apple core stamps

Glue lines turned into worm trails.  Used, dried coffee grounds as dirt and yarn worms from math.  Miles writes sentences to narrate his picture.

All enjoyed playing with the baking soda, cornstarch and water mixture before we cooked it into dough (texture similar to ‘glurch’).

Clay dough insects, complete with the three main body parts (head, thorax, abdomen).  Clay dough recipe from Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:  2 cups baking soda, 1 cup corn starch, 1 1/2 cup water.  Cook on stove until mixture resembles mashed potatoes.  Cool on plates.  Mix in drops of food colors.  I had also set out pieces of grapefruit bag netting (wing options), chenille sticks (legs), popcorn seeds, and a few dried beans for eyes.

I Spy Shapes in Art by Lucy Micklethwait.  As we read and looked at famous paintings, everyone painted shapes onto paper.


Listening to Suzuki discs one and two.  Also listening to Center for Music and Young Children discs from Music Together classes.  Miles working on jazz tune Broken Record Boogie and Across the Stars (Star Wars), Parker playing Mary Had a Little Lamb for the upcoming group class and recital.  Playing bell kit.

Mid-day and evening family performances.  Ruby, Miles, and Parker set up chairs.  We take turns announcing each other, bowing, playing, and so on.

Singing ‘Herman the Worm’ song from Grandparents, an old favorite that fits with our discussion of worms.

Montessori Materials for game paper.  Mark ‘f’ with a Lego, then ‘a’, ‘c’, and ‘e’.

Social Studies

Johnny Appleseed by J. I. Anderson, Johnny Appleseed:  A Poem by Reeve LindberghEduplace for United States map print-out.  Draw Johnny Appleseed’s route on map as we read.  How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World by Marjorie Priceman.  Discuss where these certain foods come from in the world.

Tulip Sees America by Cynthia Rylant and trace her route on a map.  Talk about which direction she is heading, how the landscape and weather are changing as she travels west.

Language Arts

Reading a stack outside

Johnny Appleseed-inspired words to practice from The Teacher’s Guide.

How many syllables in the pictures of the book (point to apple, tree, wolf, people, etc)?  Say or clap together.  Complete haiku, first line is Johnny Appleseed (five syllables right there, so it was easy to choose this).

Write own story about character ‘Johnny _____seed’ using seed of choice.  Where is his route (show on a map)?  What did he look like? Miles wrote about Johnny Mango-seed from South America.

Worm and insect-inspired spelling words such as dirt, segments, head, abdomen, thorax, wings.  Read ‘The Cricket’ poem by Charles Chigna as we worked on our art clay bugs.

Bug Parts by Charlotte Guillain.

Read Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss and think of more rhyming words with a recording sheet similar to Homeschool Escapade’s.

I Can Read! Spider Sense collection of phonics books for Parker.

American Heritage’s My First Dictionary.  Miles chooses a new word every day, writes the word and definition.


Parker named his two worms Tim and Mark, and he said if he finds a third his name will be Phil.

Ruby:  Can I take my worms to the library?

The Thinking Fountain for worm songs, stories, experiments. Observe worm in dirt.  We keep a black piece of paper taped around the jar, and when it’s removed, the worm moves slowly out of view.

Homeschool Share for earthworm study.  Who are their enemies?  What do they eat? How do they move?

What is in dirt?  Discussion about ‘The Soil is Alive!’ from U of MN Extension.  All the talk about dirt gives us the idea to make a ‘dirt’ cake.

Making dirt cake.  Recipe adapted from All Recipes Vegan Chocolate Cake.  Poured about a cup of batter into a ramekin, baked, and after cooling it was crumbled and used as the ‘dirt’ layer.

Make applesauce, similar recipe as Teaching Heart.  Peel 3 small organic Fuji apples.  Cut into chunks.  Place in slow cooker with 1/8 cup water.  Low setting for 4-6 hours and puree.  We didn’t have lemon juice on hand, so ours was brown.

DK’s Kitchen Science for bubble recipes, taste bud experiments, density.  Bubble recipe:  4 cups warm water (to dissolve the corn syrup), 2 tbsp corn syrup, 4 tbsp Joy dish washing soap.  These bubbles popped rather quickly, but were fun.  Bubble blowers:  spatula, cheese grater, plastic lid with hole cut in center, plastic frozen juice container with bottom cut out.  Discuss how air and soap make bubbles and why they are always round.

Sugar Snow by Laura Ingalls Wilder.  Discuss how maple sugar is made.  Read more from Little House in the Big Woods by same author.

Water and check our seeds.  Parts of a seed and how they grow:  Education.com and U of MN Extension (4H lesson) for assistance and activity ideas.  Miles glued green cotyledon onto a tan seed coat, then drew small seed embryo.  Afterwards he labeled the parts of the seed.

Education.com for ‘see through museum’, picture from Monday.  We put the black paper around the jar so it could be ‘Night at the Museum’.

Pea seeds sprouting roots by Thursday.

Enchanted Learning and Homeschool Share for insect part lesson.  We looked at picture cards for insect body similarities and at other invertebrates at Teach This and a Google search for invertebrates.

Miles selected five insects from the card pile and alphabetized them.  Then he looked at their physical characteristics and recorded them on the graph.  Parker practiced matching letter sounds to first letters of insects using the cards.

Begin classification for animals with help from Teaching and Learning Resources.  Sort invertebrate and vertebrate picture cards.  Discuss main characteristics of each.

Plum tree branch cutting from the yard.  We brought in bare branches about three weeks ago and have been observing their changes.

Math and Logic

Yarn worms.  Cut yarn into different lengths.  Miles measured and graphed the ‘worms’.  Then we used them in art project.

Play Ten Apples Up on Top game which reviewed ten more or less than various numbers from First Grade a la Carte.

Practice multiplication using wheel from Montessori for Everyone.

Worm races with our cribbage board.

Roll dice, add, move your chenille stick ‘worm’.  The boys took turns adding and moving Ruby’s for her.

Practice writing a check and paying an oil change bill to review the spelling of numbers and printing in small spaces.

Review place value with dice game.

Compare seed sizes- kiwi, apple grapefruit, avocado, and strawberry.  Which is the biggest/smallest?

Continue  workbooks.

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