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Category Archives: five in a row
Our new school year starts on June 1st. One of my goals for third grade is that Alex start to take a little more ownership of her education, so I asked her what she would like to accomplish this year. … Continue reading
Back in November, we decided to scale way back on Five in a Row. I scheduled one FIAR book every five weeks, so that in the intervening periods we could devote more time to lab science and history. We’ve done … Continue reading
We wrapped up our study of The Glorious Flight with a trip to the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum. It was our first trip to D.C. since before Colin was born – with very young kids, there isn’t much that … Continue reading
Hanna’s Cold Winter takes a real event – the people of Budapest saving their hippos during an unusually cold winter of World War II – and creates a fictional story about it, about a particular family, their affection for the … Continue reading
In A New Coat for Anna, Anna and her mother color the wool yarn for her coat with a dye they make from lingonberries. To finish up our study of the book, we decided to try some natural dyeing projects … Continue reading
Today, when we read A New Coat for Anna we focused on the coat itself. Anna watches the progress of her coat from sheep’s backs to the tailor’s window. I asked Alex to think of as many substances as possible … Continue reading
We moved more than a month ago, and yet we still don’t seem to have our groove back. School is getting done, but I feel as if I’m scrambling to catch up. We’re plugging through our skill subjects (math, writing, … Continue reading
Okay, so “climbing a Kansas mountain” was metaphorical. We still thought it would be a good idea to climb a Maryland mountain this week. “The thing that makes a mountain is a high, quiet view,” the boy’s father says, and … Continue reading
In Climbing Kansas Mountains, when the father suggests that they climb a Kansas mountain, the boy reminds him of the flour dough relief map of Kansas he made for a school project. (Really, imaginary teacher? A flat rectangle of dough … Continue reading