Monday, August 8, 2011
How to Make an Apple Pie and see the world
This was our first week of school and our first FIAR book. It was great. We had lots of fun and learned a lot also. I am so glad all of my planning was complete. It sure made things move along nicely. Our FIAR planning is matched up as best as possible with GTG (Galloping the Globe) and with the science schedule for the year. Our FIAR schedule for the week is as follows:
Monday- Story disc, Social Studies
We focused on the geography of all the places traveled to gather the ingredients for the pie. We mapped the trip as we read along and then did a matching game after we were finished reading. They matched the location with the mode of transportation to get there and then what the ingredient was she got. This was great for recall of the story. Both kids enjoyed doing this. We placed our story disc in the middle of the ocean since she was back and forth. For the notebooking of the countries and state we used Homeschool Shares mini books for Where in the world is......?
We did the saltwater evaporation experiment and used the lapbook component on Homeschool Share. It took a couple of days to get the salt and then we used it when we made our pie. We also discussed the importance of eating fresh foods to keep healthy. Not a new concept to my fruit and veggie loving kids but reinforced the concept anyway.
We discussed how the last page of the story showed that they were having fun (humor) and what the illustrator did to make us think that. Lucas also did a drawing and painting of a street scene. He is the one who loves to draw and color and Sophie not so much. She doodled a little picture for her dad instead :).
Thursday- Language arts
We discussed what pantomiming is and they acted out the different things she did in the story (milling the wheat, grinding the cinnamon, milking the cow, etc.) Then we come up some fun things on our own to act out. We discussed again some of the words in the story that were new to them like elegant and accent.
Friday- Math and Activity/Meal
Apple pie baking day!! First we did the subtraction problem using apple cut outs and showed the written problem of 8-3=5 which Luke did in about 2 seconds with no explaining on my part (amazed me). Then I had them do a count the seeds activity where there was 1-10 seeds in the apples and they had to place the appropriate number on that apple. Luke does not like doing that kind of math. I think he thinks of it as just busy work and not interested in that at all. Sophie likes doing it but this one was a bit difficult for her due to how the seeds were placed on the apples. After naps in the afternoon we made our apple pie and the kids really enjoyed it. Luke asked me every day during the week if we could bake the pie that day. He LOVES cooking and baking. He is the lil' chef in training. We worked on our fractions as we always do while measuring out the ingredients. And most of all enjoyed sharing and eating it!
While I was planning for the year I had my mind set on focusing more on geography with GTG than with our FIAR books. I thought they would just be a supplement to our main core. After this week I now realize that our FIAR book with the unit study approach taken is SO MUCH MORE than I thought it would be and I just love it. I know that from now on our FIAR book with lead the way and we will venture out from there. There is an enormous amount of learning that can be done from just one book.
I hope everyone has as great of a first week this year as we had!