Week Twenty-Six

Health and Wellness

Bryant Lake play ground

Nokomis play ground

Enjoying biking and park adventures, especially seeing our friend!


Checking for wildlife at Bryant Lake

Any tadpoles yet at Nokomis?  Not today.

Play and Find Out about Bugs by Janice VanCleave.  Make water walkers and discuss why they are able to move on the surface of the water.

Parker waters one of our sunflowers as we read Life Cycles Sunflowers by Julie K. Lundgren.  We also examined the seeds we germinated last week.  We learned that seeds take about 90 – 100 days to flower and calculated that our seedlings may flower by July 9.

Make sunflower seed snack mix with the following recipe:  1/3 cup each animal crackers, sunflower nuts, o-cereal, and chocolate chips.  Miles wrote the recipe and estimated how much it made it all by adding the fractions.  Then we measured the total quantity.

Janice VanCleave’s Play and Find Out about Bugs for caterpillar ideas.

Making caterpillars with stones, play dough, and on leaf-shaped paper.  Counting legs, recalling body parts of insects as we read The Beautiful Butterfly Book by Sue Unstead. Review the life cycle of the butterfly.

Ivory soap…sink or float and why?  It floats.

Kiss My Face soap?  It sinks.

After being in the microwave for about 90 seconds.  Explanation from About.com  Chemicals.  Talk bout how the air trapped in the soap gets warmer and expands in the microwave, making the soap puff up. Discuss difference between physical and chemical changes and think of other examples of physical change.

Ingredients for bouncy balls

Making bouncy balls using recipe and science behind it at About.com.  They did not bounce nearly as much as our super bouncy balls from the store.

Math and Logic

What is a Triangle? by Rebecca Kai Dotlich.  After reading, everyone drew a picture using as many triangles as they could.  Names of triangles from Types of Triangles.  What are angles?  How do they and lines make up a triangle?  What shapes can you make with triangles?  Triangles from Montessori for Everyone.  Practice printing triangle words on sheets from Handwriting Worksheets.

Working on a geometric shape name crossword puzzle from Have Fun Teaching.

Triangle-shaped biscuits.  Miles matches them up to the paper triangles.

Introduction to angles and using a protractor.

The Perfect Spot by Robert J. Blake talks about how the father and son share shortbread.  We made some using King Arthur Flour’s recipe.  Key words practice and writing the -ed words from the story.  Homeschool Share ideas for discussion.

Another snack mix, focusing on adding the fractions.  Miles colored 1/3 of the circle after Parker dumped the 1/3 cup of ingredient into the bowl.  They did this three times in all, using goldfish crackers, o-cereal, and chocolate chips.  Then we poured it in the one cup measuring cup, so they could see that 1/3 + 1/3 + 1/3 = 3/3 or 1.  We repeated this with 1/4 cup quantities and circle.  Miles realized that you just add the top number when you are combining fractions.  Go Miles!

Language Arts

Ruby enjoys ‘Fancy Nancy’ books by Jane O’ Connor lately.

Finding twelve Easter Egg rocks (on Easter morning) in our yard with letters on them.  Unscrambling the letters to read…

Miles was pleased to make the sentence.

Review of ordinal numbers with limerick lines and  A Child’s Introduction to Poetry by Michael Driscoll.  Limericks have five lines.  The first and second rhyme.  The third and fourth lines are short and rhyme with each other.  The fifth line rhymes with the first line.  Here is Miles’  limerick:

 There was a boy named Miles

Who saw Legos and smiles

 And then there was Parker

Who was all covered with marker

And Ruby had a cell phone that dials

Words of the day from children’s dictionary.

Handwriting practice from Handwriting Worksheets.

Social Studies

What is a veterinarian?  How are they helpful to our community?

Review of animals, structures, and vehicles on a farm.  Over in the Meadow by Jill McDonald, which is a song about an English meadow and includes many farm animals.

One cup of heavy whipping cream.  How much butter will it make?  How long will it take?

Taste test the whipped cream after about five minutes.

In about 10 minutes, we got 1/2 cup of butter from our one cup of heavy whipping cream.

Comparing the liquid amount we started with and size to the solid butter we ended up with.  Read  Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder section about making butter, then we compared experiences.

Kangaroos by Jill Anderson and Dingoes at Dinnertime by Mary Pope Osborne. Find  Australia on the map.

Read Wink:  The Ninja Who Wanted to be Noticed by J.C. Phillipps.  Learn more about Japan’s culture from activities at Natalie Diaz Lorenzi‘s Teacher Guide.  Talk about metaphors in book.  Some of our favorites are: ‘Free-flowing water will always find its way’, and ‘The loudest cricket is the first to be caught’.

National Geographic’s One World, One Day by Barbara Kerley showed children around the world eating breakfast, going to school, playing, and working.


Continue listing to Suzuki book one and two discs.  Miles and Parker both work on their performance pieces for upcoming recital.  Ruby prompts us to have afternoon recitals.


Are You Blue Dog’s Friend?  by George Rodrigue.  Look at map to find artist’s hometown New Iberia, LA.  Draw a dog.  Art idea from Deep Space Sparkle.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Shapes.


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