The first book we "rowed" was The Story of Ferdinand. I think I won't describe each and every activity we did, but instead describe a few of the highlights. One was an art lesson on size and distance. We have a collection of felt people that came in handy for this. I gave K and T each one to hold and we went outside with the camera. One child stood close to me and held up her person while the other stood a ways back with his person, and I took a picture of the two of them. The nice thing about digital cameras is that you can immediately see the picture you took, and from looking at the camera screen K could quickly understand how far away objects become small. They are also higher up on the picture plane. We tried a picture with one of the children even farther away, back by the fence, but though we could really see how small the felt person was in real life, it barely showed up in the picture.
After taking those digital pictures, we went inside and created some drawings to show large close objects and small far away ones.
I also made power point slide show of pictures of Spain. It looks to be a beautiful country with old cities and lots of castles. We watched You Tube videos of castanet playing and flamenco dancing. I printed out some the slide show pictures for inspiration, and with help K constructed a bull ring out of blocks. She enjoyed re-enacting the story.
Finally, there is a pasture, one of the last bits undeveloped green in our corner of suburbia, that we can see from our house. Some bulls happily graze there-- steers, actually, but we didn't get into the difference. We took a mini field trip to see them, K and T enjoyed observing them, taking turns with the binoculars.
When we were there many of them were sitting down, chewing their cuds. This presented its own bovine teaching moment. K thought the cow digestion process was pretty funny. T thought the whole experience was pretty interesting, too. Except, after we had been there a little while a garbage truck rumbled by. It picked up garbage from the houses across the road and he was transfixed by that, pretending to use the binoculars to watch.