Week Twenty-Nine


That Artist Woman for dinosaur silhouettes.

That Artist Woman for fossil projects.

Health and Wellness

Wabun play park

4th Ave. and River Parkway playground’s water feature demonstrates how water flows back to the river.

Enjoying ‘Coach Pitch’ twice per week and play park adventures.  Looking at the game schedule and coloring his team’s game dates blue to make it easier to see when games are.

Minnesota Twins by K. C. Kelley page and sight words

Joe Mauer by Sarah Tieck.  Playing sight word and syllable game using the baseball diamond page from Minnesota Twins by K. C. Kelley and sight words from Education.  Read word and clap syllables.  If it has one syllable, advance player to first base, two syllables, second base or a double, and so on.  Tally the home runs.


Identifying butterfly with Gardens With Wings in our yard:  Red Admiral

Fancy Nancy Explorer Extradordinaire! by Jane O’Connor for ways to distinguish between a moth and a butterfly (butterflies’ wings stay up when they land:  moths’ wings stay flat), as well as for reviewing facts about insects and spiders.

Found Forest tent caterpillar and other ‘baby caterpillars’ at Wabun.  Parker exclaimed ‘I am so happy that we found that guy…almost as happy as getting a new Lego!’

Minnesota DNR for information about Forest tent caterpillar.

We take ‘Tom’ (the smaller caterpillars are ‘Mark’ and ‘Phil’) out to look at him, let him roam (in a large, shallow box), and clean out his glass.  Then he goes back.

What Happened to the Dinosaurs?  by Franklyn M. Branley and Whatever Happened to the Dinosaurs?  by Bernard Most.  Miles and Parker create images of what it would look like if dinosaurs came back.

Dinosaur activities from Homeschool Share Dinosaur Unit and Dino Dig Kit.

Reading many dinosaur books by Kimberley Jane Pryor.  Graphing the heights and comparing them to Miles, Parker’s and Ruby’s heights.

Discussing which is the tallest, shortest, which are as tall as our house, etc.

Frog and Toad are Friends by Arnold Lobel and categorizing animals in the book into groups (such as reptiles, amphibians).

Writing key words of same book

Math and Logic

Slides and Ladders game from First Grade a la Carte.

Parker wanted to play again using our larger game board and adding two dice.

Working together on a favorite puzzle.

Frog and Toad are Friends by Arnold Lobel and math word problems similar to those at First Grade a la Carte.

Frank Philip Stella for Concentric Geometry Paintings from Great American Artists for Kids by MaryAnn Kohl. Geometry by Penny Dowdy and painting shapes as we read.

Skip counting by 5’s maze from Homeschool Share Dinosaur Unit.

Dinosaur ‘Paleontologist Pay’ math game and height graph from Homeschool Share Dinosaur Unit and heights from DinoDictionary.

Noticing patterns in music while studying Cradle Song by C.M. von Weber (You Tube link for song, but we don’t know that person).  The left hand fingering is 3-1-5-1-4-1-3-1-and so on.

Insect Zoo for butterfly symmetry activities.  Read From Caterpillar to Butterfly by Suzanne Slade.  Surprised to read that butterflies attach their proboscis’ (straw-like drinking tube).  Make tissue paper butterflies using clothespins, tissue paper, chenille stick proboscis, and marker eyes.

Fishing game for addition, subtraction, and multiplication.  ‘Catch’ two numbers, record, and do the math.  Parker could choose to record the numbers only.

Language Arts

Changing things up with a different library

Dinosaurumpus by Tony Mitton.  Writing -ing words from the book.

Rumble, Roar, Dinosaur! by Tony Mitton.  Dinosaur poems.  Choose one and write rhyming words.

Frog and Toad Together by Arnold Lobel and reading comprehension game from First Grade a la Carte.

Digging for ‘bones’.  Match the color to the letter (for Miles) or word (for Parker) and read aloud.  Homeschool Share Dinosaur Unit and Dino Dig Kit.

Social Studies

If You Traveled West in a Covered Wagon by Ellen Levine.   The Old West by Mort Kunstler and Dee Brown.  Grandfather Buffalo by Jim Arnosky. Write a 5W poem about a pioneer boy, template from Can Teach: ‘ A pioneer boy, gathers buffalo chips, on the Oregon Trail, 1840’s, for free land’.

Dinosaur World Map from Homeshool Share Dinosaur Unit.


Continue listing to Suzuki book one and two discs.  Working on various pieces, but especially preparing Minuet in G Minor by Bach and Mary Had a Little Lamb for group theory and performance classes.

Playing Jumpin’ Monkeys, just like in our most recent lesson.  Name the note (whole, quarter, half) on the banana and play that song (also written on the banana) and then get a monkey.  After playing five songs, try to launch your monkeys in the tree.


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