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Who Owns The Sun? {FI♥AR}

September 19th - 23rd
"Who," I asked my father, "owns the sun?" He pointed to toward the sky and told me to look up. I raised my head and squinted my eyes against the sun's powerful glare. "Only a fool believes he can own the sun," my father said. "Everybody sees the sun's light, and everybody feels the sun's warmth. But the sun is too large, too great, for one person to own. So it shines on all the earth and gives itself to very living thing."I thought of what my father had said, and I believed him.  
I did not understand all my father had said, but I accepted it. He had told me the world was full of beautiful things - things that could not be owned, but that could be loved and appreciated by everyone. 
I am not going to tell you the rest of the story. I will tell you that the first time I read this story and realized what was going on, I cried. And my little ones looked at me wondering why I was crying.

Social Studies: Southern States (Geography), Slavery (History)

Our first conversation was on the history of slavery. I reminded Malachi and Eliana that we talked about slavery during our row of Mrs. Katz and Tush and further explained the history of slavery in America. I touched on the Civil War between the North and the South and we focused on the Southern states for Geography. 

Story Disk

Language Arts: List Making {Things Too Wonderful}, Ask a Question, Question Mark

Malachi's list of "Things too wonderful to be owned:"
  • the earth
  • the sun
  • the rain
  • the flowers
  • the snow
  • the night
  • the starts
  • the moon
  • the planets
  • love ♥

Malachi's "I Wonder" question:

Malachi has been covering of the use questions marks in his Daily 6-Traits Writing, so this tied in nicely. 

Art: Bright Light and Shadows, Simplicity vs. Detail, Color

The first two topics were discussions from the manual on the illustrations in the book. Then we did another lesson from our Evan Moor art book on color. 

Mixing color. 

Science: Seasons, Seasonal Weather Study, The Sun, Five Senses, Simple Machines, Nutrition

Using the mini books from HSS (below), Malachi told me the best part of each season and glued the corresponding seasonal clip-art to each one. 

The best part about: 
  • Spring: playing in the rain
  • Summer: playing in the sandbox
  • Autumn: raking up leaves into a big pile and jumping in the leaves
  • Winter: snowball fights

Then we did the Seasonal Weather Study from The Handbook of Nature Study

September 22nd

{The two red colorings are the crab apple trees in the distance}

We also learned some facts about the sun to go along with our weather study (and the title of the book). 

To teach the five senses, I had Mali and Elli find a leaf outside and then had them describe the leaf using their five senses. I had them describe what it looked like, what it smelled like, what it sounded like, what it felt like, and what it tasted like.  

And since it is officially Fall, I had Malachi tell me what fall means to him using his five senses.  
To me, fall is. . . fun because a bunch of leaves fall off the trees and you can rake them up and throw leaves at each other and jump in the piles and say "cannonball!"
It feels warm - you could make mud walls with the leaves for a base.
It smells like the best piece of nature.
It tastes like pumpkin cake.
I hear squirrels scurrying and wind blowing.
I see pumpkins and yellow, orange, brown, light brown and red leaves. 
(This is from my notes written on the back of my Blank Lesson Planning Sheet from the manual). 

For nutrition, we covered food groups and the Food Pyramid. We did the mini-book from HSS and then Malachi compared it to a Food Pyramid poster. 

We wrote all the food we ate in a day on the MyPyramid Worksheet to see if we ate enough of each food group. 

We ate:  (just in case you are wondering what we eat around here)

  • orange juice (fresh juiced)
  • corn tortilla strips
  • scrambled eggs 
  • cheese
  • red bell pepper/tomatoes

  • red lentils
  • taco shell
  • cheese/sour cream
  • olives/tomatoes/corn

  • peach
  • milk

  • refried beans
  • flour tortilla
  • fried potatoes
  • peach

For our food goal, I suggested that we add a veggie and Malachi chose carrot. For an activity goal, Malachi said "riding his bike and practicing his karate skills." (Not sure where the last one came from!)

Evan Moor Daily Science question this week: "Why do we need the Sun?" 

Five in a Row Recipe: Peach Jam and "Big Jim Biscuits"

For our "biscuits," I used my favorite scone recipe. 

I bought 40 pounds of peaches to can, but we were eating them up faster than I could can them. On the third day the children stopped eating them and said that the rest were no good. There was enough {slightly bruised} peaches left to make 14 half-pints of jam. Thankfully, my kids are picky when it comes to fruit. *lol*

We also juiced 40 pounds of organic oranges in 3 days this week. Dylan, Mali, Elli, Bo and I were all sick with a cold and the juice was just what we needed.

Who Owns the Sun? is a selection from Five in a Row Volume 1.

Delightful Links: 

Who Owns the Sun? Resources at Homeschool Share
Weather Lapbook {Sun mini-book}

Note: I decided to row this late Sunday afternoon (of the week we rowed it). I did not have a lot of energy to do many extras, so I just pulled the file for the book, grabbed the manual and just started rowing. . . and this row was just as wonderful (fulfilling) as any other row we have done. I do make some rows extra special for a reason ~ because I am hoping to create wonderful childhood memories around the books we row! Five in a Row is flexible and allows for much creativity. . . but it is still just as great if you grab a book and the manual and  just "row" with the flow. ;-)

Harold and the Purple Crayon {FI♥AR}

September 5th ~ 9th
and 12th ~ 16th

This book was not on my itinerary to row this school year, but as we were picking grapes and processing them, I wondered if I could tie it in with our schooling. And after thinking it over and looking at all the purple juice mess I was making, I thought of Harold and the Purple Crayon. I pulled out my Five in a Row Volume 2 manual and saw that this is a short unit designed to go along with Review Week. Perfect! I needed a short easy row as we jump back into all of our subjects this week. Except that I let it roll over into two weeks to keep things easy on me.

Harold and the Purple Crayon is a fun book on imagination and creativity.

Language Arts: Setting. 

We discussed that the setting in Harold is not static like in most books. It changes continuously, or as the manual puts it, is progressive. Mali and Elli drew scenes from Harold on a long sheet of freezer paper to show that the setting is always changing.

We used it to decorate the table for our Harold Picnic Party and left large purple crayons on the table for free creative drawing. I thought about making 9 kinds of pie that we like best, like Harold drew, but I took the opportunity to tie math into our party and we made 3 fruit pies (the amount that Harold ate) for dessert.

Harold Picnic Party 

Since there is a ballon in the story, I decorated with purple balloons.

Our "whole city full of windows"

Malachi drew on one side. Eliana drew on the other.

Making Pie 
Purple Berries for. . . 

Blackberry and Blueberry Pie

I also made a rhubarb pie. For dinner, I made a Farmer's Tomato Pie (so good) and a homemade chicken pot pie. (That is a lot of pie in one day, but I made the pie crusts the day before and also the filling for the chicken pot pie, so it wasn't too bad).  

Applied Math:  Fractions 

I printed some Education Cube inserts for a roll and match game. 

Education Cubes Fraction Pies {colored purple}

Nathan did this activity with Malachi. They talked about wholes and thirds. Nathan explained that 1/1 is "one whole." Mali also learned that 3/3 is the same as 1 whole. I had Malachi count how many thirds Harold ate and we came up with 9. Then I showed him that nine thirds equals 3 whole pies. 

Science: Moon Phases

For science, we revisited moon phases and did a sandwich cookie moon phase activity using Phases of the Moon nomenclature cards. 

I lined the cards up so he could tell if the moon phase was waxing or waning.

We put the smaller picture cards from the 3-part cards into our photo block for a "roll and name" game to learn the phases. 

When he got a phase name correct, he got to eat the moon phase cookie. (:

Adding the full moon and new moon cards (since all 8 would not fit). 

Can anything live on the moon?

This is from our Evan Moor Daily Science. 

What makes day and night?

Art:  Creativity, Vanishing Point, Perspective (Foreshortening), Color Mixing and the Color Wheel. 

Mixing red and blue. . .

to make purple. 

Malachi wanted to mix red and yellow as well. Then he wanted to mix blue and yellow and I reminded him that he did that for another row and pulled up my post on The Big Green Pocket Book to show him. Then he did a color wheel activity from our Evan Moor art book, How to Teach Art to Children

We also had some purple memory making fun. 

Purple Ice Boats

Sparkly Purple Moon Sand

These two boys experimented with water and cornstarch to make different consistencies. 

My Purple Crayon

Edible Purple Crayons
I threw a little caution to the wind and used some purple cake color (that I used for the moon sand) to tint some melted white chocolate chips to dip pretzel rods in to make edible purple crayons.  Only the ends of the pretzels are dippedI considered beet juice powder for color, but it tastes terrible. So I figured once in a purple moon would be okay. ;-)  

Memory Verse

Psalm 148:3 

Purple Grapes and Grape Juice

Mali climbed under the vine to reach the hidden grapes ~ notice he has a mouthful. (:

Elli stemming grapes with Pop.

Straining {lots of straining} the juice

10 cups of grape juice ready for the freezer

This was just a tad bit overwhelming for me these past two weeks. I froze half of the grapes whole to process at a later time. And I froze the juice to make syrup this winter (or when life slows down a bit). 

Tomorrow, in my co-op order, I have coming: 20 pounds of organic pears and 40 pounds of organic peaches for canning, and 40 pounds of organic oranges for juicing. . . I'm not sure if I can tie in a row with that or if I should. But, if I am not around, you will know what I am up to. 

This concludes weeks 13 and 14 for my little ones for preschool and 1st grade. Days in school: 70. 

Over the summer, I eased up on book work and just "rowed." Now we are back in full swing with our studies, with a few changes.

The biggest change is that we switched to Life of Fred Elementary Math - Malachi is working in Apples and finished chapter 10 this week (there are 18 chapters in the first book). 

So far, Fred has taught Malachi: five o'clock, 5+2-7, 4+3=7, 6+1=7, circle, ellipse, six o'clock, days of the week, facts about February, wearing warmer clothes, seven o'clock, reading the newspaper, 15 degrees below zero, deciduous trees, 10+10=20, curvy lines vs straight lines, first, second, third, 3x+4x=7x, Archimedes, eight o'clock, the meaning of a.m., nine o'clock, one hundred is ten rows and ten columns, before photography was invented, best mathematician who lived over 500 years ago, why you shouldn't be rude, ten o'clock, that you won't see an ocean liners in Kansas, places on earth to live, circle, ellipse, square, counting by fives, Pacific and Atlantic oceans, whales are not fish, playing the "There are Zero" game, making a circle into an ellipse (using an elephant), sets, the popularity of zero, name a set with exactly 17 members in it, 7-1=6, why squares and circles are boring, twelve o'clock, herbivores, carnivores and 7-7=0. 

That is a lot of um. . . math. Fred uses real life math and makes it pretty fun, though. 

Delightful Links:

Preschool Corner {& 5K too!}
Our Homeschool Fun @ Walking By the Way {purple boat inspiration}
Susana's Pinterst Board {Cookie Moon Phase inspiration}
Me and My Purple Crayon