Week Twenty-One

Health and Wellness



It has been great weather for skating and passing the puck with buddies.  We continue to enjoy our pre-dinner hours at the rink.

Politeness is this week’s short story in E is for Ethics by Ian Corlett. Discuss Abel Stevens quote ‘Politeness is the art of choosing among one’s real thoughts’.

‘Teacher’ books:   Raising Cain:  Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys by Dan Kindlon and Michael Thompson and 6 + 1 Traits of Writing for Primary Grades by Ruth Culham.

Math and Logic


Telling Time with Puppies and Kittens by Patricia J. Murphy and practice clocks from Math-Aids.

Fraction games with help from Miss Brain’s Cool Math Games.  Frosted Fraction activity from National Gallery of Art site, based on Wayne Thiebaud’s art.


Learn more about Wayne Thiebaud and create texture cupcakes using microwave puffy paint from  Housing a Forest.  Reading Fancy Nancy and the Delectable Cupcakes by Jane O’Connor.


Listening to Suzuki discs one, two, and three.  Daily work on upcoming ‘Out and About’ (playing at a local nursing home) performance pieces and practice chart.

John Philip Sousa by Mike Venezia.  Listening to The Stars and Stripes Forever, El Capitan, and Semper Fidelis on Spotify.


Musical Battleship as seen on Color In My Piano.  Focused only on treble clef this week.

Recorders:  playing Hot Cross Buns, breathing focus,  playing quarter notes on B, A, and G.



Surrealist Rene Magritte by Mike Venezia.  Project inspired by Art Projects for Kids.

Language Arts

Snow Sounds:  An Onomatopoeic Story by David A. Johnson and making our own stories using onomatopoeia.


Leo Lionni’s Six Crows.  Drawing wheat field scene.  Practiced writing six in different ways (tallying, ‘six’, 6…) and recalling what numbers equal six.  Learning more about Crows and Great Horned Owls from Birds of Minnesota by Stan Tekiela.  This scarecrow is wearing shades and has a clipboard.


Reviewing senses with Senses Are for Everything by Katherine Hengel and poem Chocolate Drops by Carol McAdoo Rehme.  Create poems about ice cream using senses and onomatopeia.  Puffy microwave paint recipe from Housing a Forest.



Continuing study of inventors and moving on to flight.  Learning about Wright brothers and Leonardo da Vinci in The Story of Inventions by Anna Claybourne and Adam Larkum.  Reading about Amelia Earhart in Night Flight by Robert Burleigh.  Enjoyed making paper air planes, propellors, and windmill included in our Noeo Science experiments.


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