Sunday, January 15, 2012
We started with a discussion on settings. After K understood that there are many different settings where a story can happen, she brainstormed some of her own. We didn't make up stories, just thought of various places they could happen.
We did an experiment to understand what liquid spray starch does to fabric after reading the part of the story where "all the starch seemed to leave Mr. Horace."
Since Cranberry Thanksgiving is all about Grandma's famous cranberry bread, we followed the recipe in the book (minus the raisins) and made our own. It was good!
Finally, I saw the idea for using cranberries to make a fun pink play dough here, and had to try that too. The kids loved this and played with the dough a lot.
Since it was nearly Thanksgiving, we finished this unit with a study on the first Thanksgiving. This year I focused most on the trip on the Mayflower. K made a list of things she would bring with her if she moved to a new land (Books! Toys!). Then we looked at pictures of some of the items the Pilgrims brought with them and K tried to guess what they were/what they were used for. Some of them, I'm sure, took too much space and were useless (body armor). We talked about that difficult first year and K and T made pictures of Pilgrim houses with popsicle sticks and shredded wheat for the roofs. K also added garden vegetables to her picture by choosing squares of tissue paper to crumple up and glue to the paper. She added details to the picture with markers.
I'm glad we got to row this book!