The kids had a great time with our most recent book.
Before I get into what we did this week, I have to tell you about this site I found. It is called Homeschoolshare. I spent hours wandering around this site and used up all of the ink left in the printer copying off loads of great activities to go with more than a dozen books sitting on my shelves. They have a huge amount of unit studies and a whole section on FIAR books. One of the great ideas I got off of this site was to use Draw Write Now books with FIAR books. We happened to have book one, and the kids loved drawing ducks and swans out of it. THIS is a great series to teach kids and their Mommies how to draw. I sat down and did art with them and enjoyed drawing for the first time since I was a child.
For science we learned about conservation and the effects of an oil spill on ducks. We cut ducks out of waxpaper and put them in a large bowl of water. They floated around just fine. Then we added dish soap and they sunk to the bottom. They sunk even faster when we used veggie oil. The kids understood the importance of taking care of birds during an oil spill, and I had almost no clean up. (I didn't get a picture, however.) One science project is never enough for Tom Sawyer, so we did one that he wanted to do (it had nothing to do with our book study). We used a bowl of boiling water and added a sealed bottle of cold water and watched the pressure make a fountain. It was more impressive in the picture in the book, but here is what we got.
The tip where you see the yellow is where the water is "erupting" from the straw.
The kids are also enjoying their vocabulary cards. I found these on homeschoolshare.com and printed off all the ones from the books we have done this year.
To finish off our book this week, we are going to make Boston Brown Bread and Boston Baked Beans tomorrow. Yummy! I haven't been baking with the kids much lately, and they are really looking forward to it. I am looking forward to staying home for a few days.