Week Thirty-Eight

Health and Wellness


P’s new skills this session: underwater somersaults and swimming

Last swimming night for the spring season.

Ride Right:  Bicycle Safety by Jill Urban Donahue good review.

Adding Popcorn recipe to the kids’ cookbook, with emphasis on putting the top back onto the hot air popper before plugging it in.



Using the iPad camera feature (self-portrait mode) as a mirror for pop style self-portraits

Roy Lichtenstein’s ABC by Bob Adelman and learning about pop art.  Drawing self-portraits and using Lichtenstein’s style to colorize with primaries.  National Gallery of Art’s site for more about Lichtenstein and a language art activity.


M working on Melody (Robert Schumann), Hanon exercises, and sight reading pieces.  P reviews book one songs with both hands (previously only played in right hand).  Continue listening daily to Suzuki songs from books one through three.

Math and Logic


Playing a game in Using Numbers Book 1 by Ann Montague-Smith

IXL Math online practice.  Clock bingo.  Using Numbers Book 1 by Ann Montague-Smith for games and practice using numbers 0-20.


Pattern snake to tie into learning about reptiles and snakes this week

Language Arts


It’s nearly the end of the ‘school year’ and I finally have a system to keep reading logs and reading time books at the ready. Good thing we’re carrying on into the summer…

Continue with spelling practice and creative writing and language arts work books


P is learning about compound words, so we are making cupcakes. He measured the ingredients. R is scooping the batter into the tin.


Frosting cupcakes

Our easy, nearly vegan cupcake recipe for 10 cupcakes:  Whisk together 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour, 1/3 cup brown sugar, 1 teaspoon each baking soda and salt, 1/4 cup cocoa.  In a glass measuring cup mix 1 teaspoon cider vinegar, 1/3 cup coconut (or veggie) oil, and 1 cup milk.  Mix with the dry ingredients and divide into cupcake pan.  Bake at 350 for about 12-15 minutes.

Played with Rory’s Story Cubes, which involves rolling the six dice and making up a story based on those pictures.



A thin, gray-brown snake slides over this piece of wood.

Looking into what type of snake we saw this weekend at the land.  More pictures at Our Bluff and Valley page (top menu bar at website).

Ant by John Woodward and being surprised at the upclose picture of their jaws.


Planting veggies transplants and fruits. Watering plants and seeds.

Turtles and Tortoises by Renee C. Rebman.  Illustrate and write key characteristics about these reptiles (and recall other reptiles).  Frogs by Nic Bishop and Snakes by Jeff Corwin and listing other amphibians.  Looking for other amphibians (The Salamander) in Greece! Rome! Monsters! by John Harris.


Creating with the snap circuit set

Social Studies



Greece! Rome! Monsters! by John Harris and illustrating and writing about ancient monsters.  Recalling where we’ve heard of monsters such as Cyclops, Griffin, and Basilisk in books and movies.

Peggy Rathmann’s Officer Buckle and Gloria:  community helpers and how animals help them do their jobs.

Geography continent and ocean review.  Yankee Doodle Riddles:  American History Fun by Joan Holub for review.

And finally, in preparation for our trip out west next week, Smoke Jumpers One to Ten by Chris L. Demarest and John Perritano’s The Lewis and Clark Expedition.


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