The kids had a great time doing our latest Five In a Row (FIAR) book, Harold and the Purple Crayon. My son Tom Sawyer especially enjoyed how the lessons revolved around art and being creative. The kids each illustrated and narrated their first stories. I really was impressed how they all stuck with it and gave me complete stories about what/where Harold was going. You can tell that the dog bite I received earlier and all of our ER visits are having an impact on their lives. All of their stories involved either a dog bite or ER visit.
We then worked on mixing shades of purple together by melting different shades of purple crayon. The kids liked that. We also worked on learning how to count by two's. The kids got the concept really well and enjoyed counting several things by two's over the week. We finished off the week by having an all-pie dinner. In the story, Harold makes and eats nine pies (with help from a moose). Since I lack a magic purple crayon and a moose to clean up the leftovers, we had six homemade pies. We had strawberry, apple, ice cream, cheeseburger, quiche, and Montgomery pie. YUMMY!!
Another great FIAR book down. I have found that doing our core lessons sometimes get behind during a FIAR book so we have been going back and forth every other week. We continue doing reading lessons and math with our FIAR book but tend to drop music, Spanish, fine motor, art ~ picture studies, and history. So having a week that we concentrate on these things without a new book is helpful for me. Sometimes I (as I bet most of us do) get overwhelmed with all the things I want to teach and all the tools that I want to use and forget to pace myself. This technique has helped a lot.