The Quiet Way Home {B4FI♥AR}

~Boaz is 4 years, 8 months~

The Quiet Way Home is about a little girl and her grandfather as they walk along the quieter paths which take them past a chopping hoe, the shirr of grasshoppers, and the shushing of water sprinklers on their way home from school.

I requested this out-of-print book via inter-library-loan and then was happy to discover that the story is available in the App store. There are a handful of out-of-print Five in a Row books that I would love to have, but I'm not willing to pay hefty prices for them! 


The focus of our Bible time was having a quiet heart to hear God. This was more for me as I came to understand that having a quiet heart means not being too busy to slow down and listen to God. 


I did my best to follow the advice from the manual for this lesson and Bo painted these pictures with the colors he made. 



The Very Quiet Cricket was a fun book for learning about insects noted for their noises, like grasshoppers, crickets, bees and more. Mommies Say Shhh! was a fun book about animal sounds and of course what mommies say. 

We played Mystery Sounds, a listening game, from Language and Thinking by Ruth Beechick. I played this with Eliana when we rowed Lentil and Malachi, too.

Bo had to guess what each of the sounds were.

From the Our Senses unit in Science Unit Studies for Homeschoolers, we did the lesson on sound.

I told Bo that inside his ear is a tiny structure called an ear drum that works a lot like a drum we make music with, and then I made a drum by stretching a balloon (after I blew it up to stretch it out and cut the neck off) over a tin can. I put a few pieces of rice on top and had Bo tap on the drum and watch as the rice vibrated. I explained that an ear drum vibrates like this drum and sends a message to the brain which tells us what the sound is.

Then I recorded different sounds from around the house and had Bo guess what each sound was. This was hard! The hair dryer sounded a lot like the Vitamix. He got about half of them with Eliana's help and I forgot some of them. If I do this again, I will say what the sound is before recording the next sound.

We went on a Sound Walk to the library to see how many different sounds we could hear.

We heard cars driving by, a loud window air conditioner, kids yelling while playing at the park, wind rustling the leaves, a door opening, the squeak of the book drop, a nice lady, and more car sounds. 

On our way home, Eliana said, "Let's go the quiet way home. Not the way where the cars go, but the way where the grass grows." :)

We went on a late Summer Nature Walk - Senses Scavenger Hunt from the Handbook of Nature Study Blog.

Things we saw: a butterfly, a red leaf, a brown grasshopper, three different shades of green, a bird that is flying, berries on a bush, a weed that is taller than Bo...

Things we heard: a bird chirping, a breeze rustling the grass, a bubbling brook, and a grasshopper rubbing his wings.

Bo holding a grasshopper. 

Things we felt: something hot from the sun (a sign post), something cool (the breeze), something prickly, a smooth stick, and a rough rock. 

Things we smelled: a wildflower, the river, and the grass.  

Community Theme from Sonlight Core P 4/5

I'll be focusing on a community theme with Sonlight this year for Bo's 4K year and have several rows planned to tie in this theme in a fun way.

For The Quiet Way Home, we read:

  • Things People Do and learned about "Teachers"
  • Usborne's First Thousand Words in English and explored the path the little girl and her grandfather took from the school yard on their walk home by reading: "At School" and "The Street."

We play "I Spy" games with both these books, which Bo loves.

The Quiet Way Home is a Before Five in a Row selection. There are a lot of Fun Things to do with B4FIAR, but the most important thing is to cultivate a love for learning. ♥

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  1. I have never heard of that book, but am going to check to see if our library has it! Looks like a great book.

  2. The mystery sound basket is awesome.
    Blessings, Dawn

  3. Wonderful! What a great row! I need to remember to check out the Handbook of Nature Study blog! It's such a great one :)