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Sonlight Moments: Songs and Fingerplays & Community Theme

Documenting 7 weeks worth of Sonlight Core P4/5 (combined with FI♥AR!). (See our first 5 weeks here). I'm highlighting what stood out to me along with additional books and activities we did and the dates. The dates listed are days that we finished that week's readings or the dates that we read (often we finish a week's reading in one day, but we do not do this everyday). I also list which books we rowed and when we started them. 

Since Core P4/5 has a community theme these weeks (using Usborne's book of Things People Do), I chose two community roles to focus on for additional learning - policemen and firemen.

Also, each week we have a new song to sing. This is honestly an area that I struggle in, so I made an extra special effort to make a few of the songs fun and memorable for Eliana. ♥

We have really enjoyed our learning time together.

P4/5 Week 6: March 4th {rowing Papa Piccolo}

Obedience: I obey right away without delay. (SL has a cute little jingle that teaches this and Eliana still uses it).

"I'm a little Tea Pot" ~ I did the motions I remembered from my childhood. (We also sang some songs later on to this tune.)

Nature Guide (through week 10) ~ nature walk - signs of spring (Berenstain Bears Big Book of Science and Nature).

We walked by a tree that had interesting buds on it several times this week and Malachi kept asking me to take a pic. I had my hands full and said I would the next time we walked by. . . and he didn't forget! He asked me again two weeks later to take a pic - I think it will be a good tree for a seasonal tree study. :) It is all leafed out now and has little yellow flowers. 

He asked me to take several other pictures of trees. I will post them on my family blog, but I am pleased that he enjoys nature, considering most of our nature study is informal now. 

Signs of Spring Nature Eye Spy (we didn't get to this, but it ties in nicely with the science this week, so I'm including the link).

P4/5 Week 7: March 5th

P4/5 Week 8: March 6th

Patience: I wait with a happy heart.

Song: Five Little Ducks
Scissors and dough (made play dough and cut with scissors)

Project Life pages . . .

Finger print ducks. 

Storage at the back of the album.  

P4/5 Week 9:  March 11th and 12th {rowing The Red Carpet}

Memory verse: 1 Cor. 14:40 Let all things be done decently and in order.
Character Trait: I find a place for everything and put everything in its place. (We worked on organizing the kids' room.)

+Policeman Preschool Pack (shared with our row).

P4/5 Week 10: March 21st {rowing Wee Gillis}

Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth. Proverbs 10:4
Diligence: I work hard to finish a task.

Language Arts: A letter a week begins.

Dylan is reading Nature Guide from Berenstain Bears' Big Book of Science and Nature. 

P4/5 Week 11: March 27th {rowing Mr. Gumpy's Motor Car}

Eliana working in ETC Book B
Y Soccer starts (Eliana and Malachi are both playing K/1 soccer).
We started the Science Fair portion of the Berenstain Bears and learned about simple machines.

Field Trip to Fire Department / Fireman Preschool Pack.

Go-alongs books:

Oxygen tanks, hose and hat!
Idea from the lesson plan for Even Firefighters Hug Their Moms

Bandaging up a teddy bear on a "stretcher."

Love those little feet!

Fireman Unit Links:

Songs and Fingerplays ~ "Itsy Bitsy Spider" Ideas and Links:
Wearing her spider hat and singing Itsy-Bitsy Spider. 

P4/5 Week 12: March 30th

Learning about matter.

{Spring Break ~ April 1st - 6th}

At this point, I considered ditching The Lion Storyteller Bedtime Book and Stories from Around the World.  Many of the stories are not a good fit for our family. I am really enjoying the ease of having a schedule, so I did not schedule other books in (plus we are doing FIAR). But, then I decided to pre-read the stories and only read certain ones. (I am crossing them off in my IG if we do not read them, so I know for when I do this core with Boaz, my youngest).  I color code my kids in my IG's, but I am just using one color for Mali and Elli - purple since that is Elli's favorite color and I originally bought this core for her.

These "7 weeks" took place during Weeks 10, 11, 12, and 13 of our life.

Weeks 13-18 are already completed, which means we are half way through Core P4/5!

Delightful Links:

Preschool Corner {& 5K too!}
Project Life Tuesday

  Sonlight: Love to Learn

Considering Sonlight? Don't buy yet! Read 27 Reasons NOT to Buy Sonlight first!

Wee Gillis {FI♥AR}

Wee Gillis lives in Scotland. He is an orphan, and he spends half of each year with his mother's people in the lowlands, while the other half finds him in the highlands with his father's kin. Both sides of Gillis's family are eager for him to settle down and adopt their ways. In the lowlands, he is taught to herd cattle, learning how to call them to him in even the heaviest of evening fogs. In the rocky highlands, he stalks stags from outcrop to outcrop, holding his breath so as not to make a sound. Wee Gillis is a quick study, and he soon picks up what his elders can teach him. And yet he is unprepared when the day comes for him to decide, once and for all, whether it will be the lowlands or the highlands that he will call his home. Wee Gillis

Before reading, I asked the kids if they recognized the illustrations in the book. Elli said the one with the tree reminded her of "the story of the bull."  So (happy that she made that connection), I pulled out The Story of Ferdinand and explained that they had the same author and illustrator.

I really liked this book - enough that I ordered it to add to our FIAR collection. I especially like how amiable Wee Gillis is, but it could have been because it brought up good discussion and that we enjoyed the story and our row.

Social Studies: Cultural and Physical Geography ~ Scotland; Relationships: Making Decisions and Controlling Emotions

Along with the lessons from the manual, we. . .

Found Scotland, Highlands, and Lowlands on a map from World Atlas (see map below).

Read Always Room for One More, a Caldecott winner that I found in the Country/Scotland section in Children's Literature at the library. The book is a sing-song story derived from an old Scottish nursery tale.
Lachie MacLachlan, the generous hero of this enchanting tale, is the exception to the rule that the Scots are a thrifty lot. In his "wee house in the heather," where he lives with his family of twelve, he welcomes to his hearth every weary traveler who passes by on a stormy night. "There's always room for one more," says Lachie, and how his grateful guests say a wonderful "Thank you" provides a delightfully warm and tender ending to this hilarious tale of kindness.
Listened to bagpipe music with a sense of humor. The conflict in the duel reminds me of Wee Gillis. :) Then I printed a picture of bagpipes for our album (see below).

Language Arts: Forshadowing, Descriptions and Balance, Narration,  Poetry

Lessons from the manual.

Malachi's narration was as long-winded as Wee Gillis' could have been (see below). Here is Eliana's narration. . .

Copywork from My Heart's in the Highlands, by Robert Burns

Read Halfway Down, by A.A. Milne. This poem came to mind our first day of the row, so I read it to Mali and Elli. . . (I like this poem).

Science: Fog, States of Matter, Lungs, Lung Capacity, Sound and Air

To go along with the lessons in the manual, we did activities from Usborne Book of Science Activities Volume 2 (pp. 18-19 Breathing Air) & Volume 3 (Breathing pp36-37) and an experiment from Exploring Creation with Astronomy.

Wee Gillis has very strong lungs from calling the cows and holding his breath while stalking stags. We blew as hard as we could to empty the water out of the bottle to see how much air we can breathe.

How much air can you breathe?

The older boys had to give it a try, too. ;-) 

Then we made a breathing model to demonstrate how our lungs work. 

Usborne Book of Science Activities Volume 2: pp. 18-19, Breathing Air & 20-21 Sound and Air

We learned that sound is made when something vibrates. 

How we make sound. 

Sound Catcher

Bottle Music

Musical Pipes

Usually it is Malachi on the table. :) 

We read from Volume 3: Clouds, Rain and Fog pp. 54-55.
(Wee Gillis has to call loudly because of the mist.) 

I was getting ready to do another experiment, but Dylan showed me this one from the Astronomy book. . .

So, I had him do the experiment with the kids. It is actually an experiment to demonstrate why there are clouds on planets, but it made a neat cloud.  

Art: Cross Hatching, Monochrome, Compare/Contrast

Lessons from the manual. . .
Compared oatmeal eating pictures.

Cross-hatching with scratch-art paper ~ thanks, Abby

Color illustration verses monochrome.
 (Notice the cross-hatching on the puff of smoke coming from the chimney!)

Math: Half, Calendar

From Malachi's Singapore 1B Math.

Did calendar pages from 1+1+1=1's Daily Calendar Notebook and sang the Months of the Year song.


Proverbs 9:9 - Instruct a wise man and he will be wiser still.

Micah 6:8 - He has shown you O man, what is good: And what does YHVH require of you: But to do justly, love mercy and walk humbly with your God?

Lesson from the Christian Character and Bible Study Supplement, p. 33.

Our focus was on the fact that Wee Gillis has a teachable spirit and humbly receives correction and instruction. We used examples from the story and real life.

Memory Making:

We had overnight oatmeal (in a "big" bowl) one morning.

And for our FI♥AR treat, we had Scottish Shortbread.

Elli reminding me to get a picture. (Love it!)

Totally posing for a pic. 

Chai and shortbread for me while we do the art lesson. :) 

Malachi's narration on a 6x12 insert. 


I am having fun with our Project Life pages for school, but I am working on simplifying my pages AND my rows so that they are still special, wonderful and memorable, but easier to document. It is just so hard to not include every little detail (or do everything I want to do), but I can't keep this up. Life is just too full right now.

I realized something else this week. . .  Eliana has been bringing me B4 books to read (almost daily) and I ask her if she remembers when we did this or that, and she doesn't. I expected this would happen - she is so young. But, I know that our rows are making an impression on her heart. She remembers the books, and I suspect that she will grow up with fond memories of the books.  I imagine that she will have a particular fondness for a book, and may not know why. . . but I'm sure it will be because of the time we spent together rowing it. ♥

Wee Gillis is a Five in a Row selection from Volume 2

We rowed this during Week 12 of our life.  That was 4 weeks ago! Still coming up: Sonlight Moments ~ Core P4/5 and our row of Mr. Gumpy's Motor Car. Currently rowing:  Make Way For Ducklings.

Also in the works is a review of Elizabeth Pantley's No-Cry Solution books.  I'm reviewing the No-Cry DisciplineNo-Cry Nap, and No-Cry Picky Eater Solution books. I read the No-Cry Sleep Solution  before and so far, I continue to love how practical Elizabeth's books are!

After that, we will row All Those Secrets of the World followed by Follow the Drinking Gourd, and then we are done with Volume 2!  I will look forward to rowing Volume 3 after a nice, long break! 

Delightful Links:

Preschool Corner {& 5K too!}
Project Life Tuesday
Wee Gillis Resources at HSS
Wee Gillis Inspiration @ A House of. . .
Daily Calendar Notebook