Week Twenty-Eight

Health and Wellness

Trying out the beginner bike

Lots of outside play and bike rides around the block to break-up and recharge during our school days.  Kickball is a new favorite.

Backyard picnic lunch

First week of ‘Coach Pitch’ ball and enjoying playing with friends and visiting with parents at the park a couple more times during the week.


Make a dragonfly from Janice VanCleave’s Play and Find Out About Bugs.  Reviewing the parts of an insect.

Life in a Pond by Adam Hibbert. As we read, Miles draws and labels features in a pond.

Read ‘Toad’s Lunch’ from A Whiff of Pine, a Hint of Skunk:  A Forest of Poems by Deborah Ruddell.  Discuss in which classification group are toads and frogs.

Learn the difference between frogs and toads with help from Kidzone.  Life cycle of frogs and Venn diagram from Homeschool Share.  Ruby works on cutting paper strips and gluing with a stick.

Labeling parts of a tulip.  Looking closer at the tulips in our garden.  Diagram from Learner.

Learn more about prairie dogs with ABC’s of Nature and Prairie Dogs:  Tunnel Diggers by Lynn George.  Make tunnel system using construction paper and paper tubes.  Practice printing vocabulary for key parts of a prairie dog community.

Who Likes the Wind by Etta Kaner and make windsock from MaryAnn Kohl’s book Science Arts.

Melting chocolate (for chocolate-covered pretzels)…physical or chemical change?  We decide physical change because although it is a different shape when it cools off, it is still chocolate.  Wiki Answers agrees.

Math and Logic

Patterns in Nature by Jennifer Rozines Roy and Gregory Roy.  Making rock patterns and labeling them.

Mixing water with a tablespoon of cornstarch for the symmetry activity.  Next we will add a drop of food color in the center and then draw a toothpick through the center to see if the pattern forming will be symmetric.

Symmetry and ‘Flowing Patterns’ activity from Science Arts by MaryAnn Kohl.

Baseball symmetry finish-the-drawing from Enchanted Learning.

Math bingo from Math Bingo.  Some items called were:  highest/lowest number, even, odd, your age, your age in two years, value of a dime, penny, or quarter, a seven in the one’s place, and simple addition, subtraction, and multiplication equations.

Review of geometric shapes with rocket from ABC Teach.  Miles identifies each shape and counts and colors them.

First Grade Parade pizza fraction recording sheet.  Miles writes the fraction of the pizza that has olives, pepperoni, mushrooms, and green peppers.

Language Arts

Sight word baseball game.  Roll the dice, move player and read the word.  The playing board is shaped like a baseball diamond and has all bases labeled.

Beginning Reading for Parker letter recognition.

Baseball cinquain.  Planning sheet from First Grade Parade.  Read Baseball from A to Z by Michael Spradlin.

Social Studies

Badlands:  Beauty Carved From Nature by Linda Wade.  Discuss how wind erodes the Badlands.

The Sioux by Kevin Cunningham.  Learning more about the people who mainly lived in the Badlands,  Black Hills areas, and the Plains.


Miles before the concert in Antonello Hall.

Miles and Parker both played wonderfully at MacPhail’s spring concert.  Miles played swing version of Broken Record Boogie (You Tube link), and Parker played Mary Had a Little Lamb (You Tube link).  We made a Spotify playlist of some favorite pieces played at the spring concert.

Passing the Music Down by Sarah Sullivan, a book inspired by the lives of folk musicians Jake Krack and Melvin Wine, and activities from the author’s site.  Listened to ‘Yew Piney Mountain’, ‘Lil’ Liza Jane’, ‘Peg ‘n’ Awl’, and ‘Bonaparte’s Retreat’, as well as The Bing Brother’s Band featuring Jake Krack on Spotify.  Looking at a map of where the story takes place.  Review key words from book.  Compare and contrast violin parts (from Violin Student) with piano parts from How Products Are Made.

Coloring pages for Mary Had a Little Lamb, Popcorn, and Jack and Jill (Suzuki songs) from ABC Teach.


Parker threading chenille stick into a button for his rock sculpture.

Great American Artists for Kids by MaryAnn Kohl.  Create ‘Rock Stabile’ using rocks, chenille sticks and buttons, inspired by Pennsylvania artist by Alexander Calder.  Find Pennsylvania on a US map and give basic directions for getting there.


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