Week Thirty

Health and Wellness

Front porch pizza lunch and wildlife viewing:  we watched cardinals and squirrels at our feeder and heard chickadees, blue jays, and nuthatches

Post lunch game of catch to warm up for tag

Back yard kickball before school lessons

Short trike rides to break up our day

Listening to heart beats and comparing them after doing jumping jacks.  Learning more about the heart from Homeschool Share Wizard of Oz unit (the Tin Woodsman needed one).

Veggie Tales’ Ben Hurry by Doug Peterson, discuss patience and what we can do when we have to wait.

Is Your Buffalo Ready for Kindergarten? by Audrey Vernick for our own kindergarten round-up for Parker.


Waiting for monarch eggs to hatch on milkweed leaf.  Picture from Sunday.

Picture from Thursday.

Catch a Rainbow activity from DLTK to go with our Wizard of Oz theme this week.  Miles poured a cup of milk into the pan.

Added food coloring drops

Added one drop of soap

Tapping it a bit to get things going.  Observing what happens to the colors when the soap drops into the milk.

Wizard of Oz inspired studies about the brain, heart, dogs, crows and tornadoes.

Ruby works on a crow puppet

Learning about crows from our Sibley Guide to Birds and making paper bag crows from DLTK.

Read Fledgling by Robert J. Blake.  U of MN Raptor Center for kestrel images.  Compare and contrast with crows.

Life Cycles Squirrels by Julie K. Lundgren and poem ‘Proposal for a Squirrel Spa’ from A Whiff of Pine, a Hint of Skunk by Deborah Ruddell.  Observing squirrels playing and running.  We were surprised to learn that prairie dogs are a kind of ground squirrel.

Insect Catcher from Janice VanCleave’s Play and Find Out about Bugs.  Practicing with bouncy balls.

Math and Logic

Rainbow dice roll game from Weekly Hive.

Graphing colors with candy.

Print Activities for skip counting practice mazes.  Miles prefers counting by 5’s to 500, Parker chose by 1’s to 100.

Taking a poll and graphing our favorite Wizard of Oz characters using sheet from Walking by the Way.

Continue working on Brain Quest and Singapore math workbook.

Language Arts

Wizard of Oz noun sort game, recording sheet from Have Fun Teaching.

Wizard of Oz vocabulary from KCleary.  Scarecrow poems and songs from JBonzer

Read along with part of Netflix’s Wizard of Oz story.

Days With Frog and Toad by Arnold Lobel and reading comprehension questions.

Social Studies

Wizard of Oz:  where is Kansas, show the route from Kansas to our state using our map.

Make paper basket from The Chocolate Muffin Tree, just like Dorothy’s from Wizard of Oz.  Discuss other materials and uses for baskets from Wikipedia’s Basket Weaving.

Measure 6×6 inch square, cut

Brush paper with liquid starch

Wrap paper around can and tie with string.  Dry.

Completed with a chenille stick handle

Looking at the heights of famous towers that we’ve been interested in lately.  Discuss location of each and compare which is tallest, shortest.


Continue listing to Suzuki book one and two discs.  Listening to Wizard of Oz sound track.  Discuss reasons why the music sounds different than other modern movie sound tracks.

Getting a snack at MacPhail after great performances in theory and performance classes.  Miles played Minuet in G minor by Bach and Parker played Mary Had a Little Lamb with both hands.

Music bingo to review note names and values

Experimenting with songs on various octaves

Giving baby a lesson on Hot Cross Buns.  Ruby sometimes organizes mid-day concerts by setting up chairs (one for baby too), bowing, playing, clapping for others, and being a good audience member.


Learn about John James Audubon from Great American Artists for Kids by MaryAnn F. Kohl and drawing ‘Bugs ‘n’ Critters’ (exercise from book).

Making rainbow caterpillar-shaped crayons.  Shape foil into caterpillar form.  Add broken crayons and bake at 300 for about 8 minutes.

 After cooling for about 10 minutes, or when still slightly warm,  remove foil.

Giving the crayons a try

Road Trip Prep

For the next couple weeks we’ll be traveling.  One of the weeks will be spring break and the other will be school.  We will attempt to do quick blog posts throughout the weeks.

Schooling box:  bug catchers and last-minute items not included

Trip notebooks are spirals with different print-outs glued in.  A few activities include a spending log, measuring with 12″ and 3″ string, listing wildlife, and looking at maps of states we visit.  Lots of blank pages for journaling.  One book from Cheerios box in each book.

One activity will be working with a compass.  Page from Homeschool Share (Katy and the Big Snow by Virginia Lee Burton).  Activity from Survivor Kid:  A Practical Guide to Wilderness Survival by Denise Long.

Another activity will be reviewing fire, temperature, and safety with help from Homeschool Share camping unit and Survivor Kid:  A Practical Guide to Wilderness Survival by Denise Long.

Skip counting practice from Print Activities.


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