life and learning

Posted on October 6th, 2011 by mountain girl  |  2 Comments »

Zia and I have been doing something called Five in a Row. It uses classic picture books – we’ve started with Madeline – and we read the book once each day for 5 days in a row. After each reading, we explore a different area of learning through the book.

The first day we did geography, finding France on the map, and located Paris, where Madeline lives. We made a flag of France and talked about the Seine River.

The next day we did math. I used a small pile of dry pasta, rice, and chia seeds and we played with largest, smallest, and in-between. The book says “the smallest one was Madeline”, so we assigned a chia seed for Madeline, while the other girls were the rice, and Miss Clavel was a pasta spiral.

I really love Five in a Row. My friend Caroline told me about it (and let me borrow her manual). There is also a Volume 2, but I think Vol. 1 will keep us busy for a while! I think we may tackle Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel after Madeline.

Caleb’s latest obsession happens to be a steam shovel called Bucyrus. It lives in Nederland outside the Mining Museum, and is the last remaining Bucyrus 50-B in the world. Which of course is a huge deal and has made Bucy very endeared in our home.

So much so that Caleb has leapt into the world of art in order to have a portrait of Bucyrus. I made an outline for him, which he inked and then added charcoal and Conte pencil for a rustic color finish.

The caterpillars have cocooned! It happened Saturday, and so we transferred them to their new home…

the Butterfly Habitat.

Here is a little tree house that Zia and I made for her dolls (idea from Family Fun magazine). It’s made of a cardboard box and has a system of chutes and ladders for getting upstairs and down.

Yesterday we went to Arapahoe Ridge Park for a play day with a large group of unschoolers. I forgot my camera (of course), but it was a really cool park with tunnels and burrows carved into a big rock mountain to climb on. Caleb and Zia (and I) made new friends and they played for 3 hours straight – which is a good sign of having fun, right?

On to another bright day. Firewood is being delivered, and then we’re off to Nederland to the library.

Have a great day!

2 Responses to “life and learning”

  1. granny gardner says on :

    WHAT A GREAT CONTRAST FROM FRI TO SAT THE SNOW IS BEAUTIFUL AND SO ARE THE TWO CHILDREN IN IT. WHAT A GREAT JOB YOU ARE DOING MIA!! WHAT A BLESSED PAIR OF KIDS TO HAVE YOU FOR THEIR TEACHER AND MOM!!!I GUESS DAVIDS PRETTY BLESSED TOO LOL!!!

  2. mountain girl says on :

    Thank you Granny! We look forward to your visit!

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