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HS: The Story of Ferdinand (FIAR 2) November 22, 2013

Filed under: Books,FIAR,Homeschooling,Life — Lacey @ 9:40 pm

We rowed (studied) The Story of Ferdinand back in mid October. This book is written and illustrated by the same people as Wee Gillis that we rowed last year.

It is interesting to see how last year when we started the Five in a Row studies, H would complain when the books we rowed were black and white and older. This year she hasn’t batted an eye or even made a comment about black and white illustrations. I guess she’s becoming cultured. Haha.


Day One
We started by reading our theme book. We enjoyed our first read of the silly story. Next we looked through the book and found the few interjections. I of course first explained what interjections were and she told me what exclamation points were (upside down “i”s). Then we read a book about interjections. We briefly looked at the pages about conjunctions but it started getting too complicated for H, so we skipped the last couple pages. But the book was very useful for learning more about interjections.


Day Two
Today we looked through Ferdinand to find all the vultures. H counted all of them and we discussed whether the small outlines of flying birds were vultures or not. Then we read two really good books about vultures.


H was grossed out and scared of most of the pictures that had dead animals in them, so I had to put my hand or a paper over them while we read.

Then we used the printable page for vultures from the lapbook for Ferdinand on homeschool share. H cut out the papers and we wrote down the facts about the vulture’s size, their diet and what birds of prey are. Then H drew a picture of a vulture and we glued the little fact booklets on the picture.


H also did a Ferdinand word search, number maze and a worksheet about what she likes to do: (I found these printables from links on Pinterest)


Then H watched an episode of The Magic Bus about rot (since vultures help eat rotting animals). I’m really loving The Magic School Bus these days for help with science!

Day Three
Today we read Ferdinand again while looking for key words (matador, picador, etc) so we could do the bull fighting terms mini book. Then we watched a couple of YouTube videos of bull fighting and the running of the bulls (thankfully no one got gored in either!). Then we read a story about bull riding:


Then H worked on one of the pages of the Spanish mini color book. H also did a couple measuring worksheets and we tried reading a book about measuring but it ended up being too complicated for our needs.

Day Four
Today H colored another page in her Spanish color book. We also read (more like skimmed):


H then did a couple of measuring worksheets (from education.com):


Next, we read a couple books on bulls:

Then we made a bull craft (printable from crayola.com and I found on Pinterest):


Day 5
Today H colored the final page in her Spanish coloring book (here’s a sample page):


H did a household item measuring worksheet (based on inches).


Then we read a couple of books about bulls:


Next, we read a book on Spain:

We did geography circles to help H get a grip on Spain compared to Florida.

Then H colored Spain in the map and the Spanish flag.

Day 6
Today H did another household object measuring worksheet (this time in centimeters):

Next we read a neat book about nouns:

Then H did a noun sorting exercise. I went through the book and wrote down all the nouns I could find. Then cut each one out and H put them into categories of person, place and thing.


Then we read a book about bark and look at another about corks:

Then H and K got to play with corks (borrowed from a friend, we don’t drink). They floated them, dropped them, and used toothpicks to build boats with them.




We also made a cork mini book (from homeschool share).



Day 7
Today we read a few fun books about clover and vultures:


Then we read (kinda skimmed) another book in Spain and one on corks:


H colored the Iberian Peninsula mini book from homeschool share. We also talked a little bit about clover since it was the clover flowers that Ferdinand always sat and smelled.

Day 8
Today we focused on science. We read a book on vultures:

Then one about the sense of smell:


Next, H cut out pictures from magazines of good and bad smells. She got tired of cutting out pictures so she resorted to drawing a few:

Then we did a smelling experiment. I put wet cottonballs in some containers and sprinkled some spices on them. And I also put a few food items in other containers. Then I blinded H and had her guess what each item was based only on scent.




Day 9
Today H did some spelling sheets based on Ferdinand with letter tiles (from homeschool share).
H also did two Spanish weather worksheets:


Next, H completed the story’s setting and she chose a vocab word from the story:


We played a bull knock out game with dice (from homeschool share):


Next we read another book about Spain:


Then we used all the mini books we made earlier in the study and made one bigger book about Spain. Here are some of the pages:





Then we read another book about the sense of smell:

And H did a good smell vs stink worksheet:


And to finish things up, we made a delicious Spanish treat. Yummy Churros with chocolate dipping sauce:


(I lost the link otherwise I would share it. But they were delicious!)


HS: When I Was Young In the Mountains (FIAR2)

Filed under: Books,FIAR,Homeschooling,Life — Lacey @ 12:25 am


Day 1
Today we started out by reading the theme book (of course!). We talked about why the grandma cried in the story and what other reasons people may cry. Then we read:

Both were really good books!

Day 2
Today we read:

I picked this book when it came up in my online library search for books about crying. Obviously it’s not the same as actual crying. But I realized that H had never heard this story so I figured it was time! We also had a short discussion about lying afterwards.

Then we read:

The Hide and Snake book wasn’t informative, but still fun to search the pictures for snakes. The other was very informative and basic enough for H to understand. Then we used a printout from homeschool share’s website about the different lengths of some snakes and graphed them. I found the graph paper printout from Pinterest. And because of the large variation of snake lengths we couldn’t easily fit the longest ones on the graph (and still have the shorter ones represented) and still use easy units for H to graph. So, long story short, we made the graphing units 10s and just made arrows at the top of the two longest ones to represent that they are much longer. We also measured H and estimated daddy’s height in inches for the graph.


Finally, we made a snake cut out craft from education.com, which I forgot to take a picture of. H also wanted to make another snake on her own so I helped her cut it out and tape it together. The girl made their snakes slither down the hallway complete with hissing sounds for a while. Made for some good laughs!

Day 3
Today we read the theme book again. Then H made a mini book of her own based on the repetition of When I Was Young in the Mountains. We used the beginning statements from a printout from homeschool share. (H has surprisingly picked up the repetition from the story the first time we read it and had asked why they kept saying the same thing.)
Please excuse the boring cover, H didn’t want to color it. And here are a couple sample pages from her mini book:




Next we looked at a book about coal (it was wayyyyy to complicated for her and me!

Next we read a couple stories about coal and the mountains:


Day 4
Today we began by looking at a book about the Appalachian mountains (where our theme story takes place):

The book was much too wordy and complicated for our uses, but the pictures were neat and helpful. There was also a good map we used mark the mountain region on our map of West Virginia (the setting of our theme story). The book did have quite a bent of evolution in it, too (which we skipped of course!).

Next we read a couple stories about the Appalachian mountains:

The Cinderella book was really interesting, although it only had one sentence about the Appalachian region.

We also read this story and mapped the girl’s travels throughout the USA on our placemat map (with an erasable marker):

This book went w our theme book because of the mention of her going to the mountains for coal.

Finally we read a neat book about snakes. I’d really recommend her science books (we’ve read at least one other of hers, about owls), they are simple enough for early elementary yet still quite informative and detailed.


Then H colored a West Virginia state page and did a snake pattern page, both from education.com:


K found H’s state page and decided she wanted to add her (almost) two year old touch.

Day Five
Today H wanted to read the Cinderella book again so I eagerly passed that onto to Daddy to do 🙂
Then we looked at another book about the Appalachians (again, too complicated and wordy, and evolutionary…but the pictures were still valuable):


Next we read a story about the Appalachians (written by the same author as the theme book):

The pictures were small and not very exciting, but the story itself was informative about the Appalachian towns and people.

H colored the state of West Virginia and made a mini book of the map from a homeschool share printout.

Then we read some really great books about snakes:



Then we started a snake egg experiment. We’ve done this once before but not to make an egg like a snake’s egg. Tonight we started the process by putting an egg in a bowl then covering it with vinegar. I decided to let K join in the fun too:

We’ll see what fun we can have with them tomorrow! Man, does vinegar stink up a kitchen!

Finally, we read another couple neat books about weight and measuring:


And H did a couple of weight worksheets from education.com:


Day 6
Today H did the setting for the theme story and chose her vocab word: coal mine. Then she drew a picture of coal.

Then we looked at all the details in the general store picture and made a list of everything we found. I mentioned to her about how we can draw details like these in our pictures.

Next we talked about contentment. I defined and explained it to her. We talked about how contentment is having “our wanter under control.” And I told that she was going to practice being content this week by not complaining, not saying “I want” or “I’m bored,” or “I don’t like this.” We also talked about how being thankful makes us more content. It was good timing that this study fell during November since this year we made a thankful tree and each day we are trying to add a new leaf written with one new thing we’re thankful for.

I also had her name things that she was thankful for that we had done that day.

Then we read a few stories about contentment. I recommend all 3!



Then we talked about nutrition and healthy eating. We looked at the picture of their meal in our theme book. Then we read a couple books about healthy eating:

Both books were really good. Basic enough for H but also very informative. Next, we got out some magazines and H cut out (with help from me) pictures of good and and foods. Then she glued them on the right paper.


Next, H insisted we play a food game. She has really enjoyed these tasting and smelling games. So I went first and she put a number of items (cheese, cracker, vanilla wafer, bread, cherry tomato, m&m, chocolate chip) onto a cookie sheet and she fed them to me while my eyes were closed. I guessed all of them! Then she took a turn and I fed her some mystery food items.

Then H finished up by coloring a snake picture.

Day 7
Today we worked on some math word problems based on our theme book (I found these on homeschool share).

We read some more food books:


H also worked on coloring a vegetable/fruit coloring sheet from education.com. She didn’t stick with it long (but she worked on it a little throughout the next few days).

Then we looked at another book about coal (still too complicated to read) and read a story about coal miners (it was really good):


Day 8
Today we looked through the theme book for moons. Whenever we found one, I had H tell me what stage it was in. She’s gotten the stages down pretty good (even remembering gibbous!) since we’ve studied moons in a few different rows.

Next we read a few different moon stories. They were all pretty good, although I had to skip over the evolution/big bang stuff.



Day 9
Today we did a number of weighing and volume experiments, which H loved. She’s all about the hands on and anything called an “experiment.”

We did a couple of weighing and volume worksheets I printed off from education.com. For one of them she had to collect different kitchen items and estimate how much each held, then measure the actual amount of liquid each held.


Then we did our own weight experiment. I had her collect other household objects (her choice) and she had to decide how to weigh them (small mail scale vs household scale). Then we wrote down how much each item weighed and what we used to weigh them.


We also read a couple books about measuring and weighing. The metric book was too complicated for our uses, but I still used bits and pieces of it to at least better introduce her to the metric system terms.


H wanted to paint so I went ahead and had her paint at least one picture with the sky the style of the theme book. She first colored a moon and then painted bits of black over it for the night sky. Unfortunately the moon didn’t show through the paint well like it was supposed to.


Day 10
Today we tied up all the loose ends in our row and finished it up! We read the theme book again and enjoyed some hot cocoa with lunch since it was actually cooler outside (you know in the 70’s in November!)


H did another volume measuring worksheet (from education.com).


We went through the theme book and made a list of all the animals and counted each kind.

Then H mapped the animals (with some help):


Next, we went through the theme book and found each of the occupations mentioned in the book. Then we made a list of items used in the book versus what we use these days (candles vs electricity):


Finally, we read one last book about mountain life. It was a really good one, I highly recommend it.


And one of the last few days we finally checked out the snake egg experiment. H played with hers for a few minutes but then dropped or attempted to bounce it (not sure which) and it broke. K touched hers while it was still in the bowl and it broke. We left them too long in the vinegar. But it was still neat.


Looking forward to doing the next book, also about the Appalachian mountains. It’s the last one in our FIAR 2 manual and the last one we’re rowing until after the holidays.


Waffles! Waffles! Waffles! November 15, 2013

Filed under: Breakfast,Recipes — Lacey @ 1:26 am

Last Saturday I went a little crazy with making waffles. See, Friday morning I had whipped up a batch of whole wheat waffles from my usual recipe. It makes more than we eat for one breakfast, so I lay the extras on a cookie sheet and freeze them, then put them into a ziploc bag for later. But I never got around to cleaning the waffle iron. So, on Saturday, I decided to make some more waffles, mainly to stockpile them in the freezer again. I hate buying store brand waffles when I can make them myself. Especially since I can make them healthier and cheaper (I’m assuming but I haven’t actually calculated).

My teenage son doesn’t like anything healthy so he’s not a fan of the whole wheat waffles. I decided to try out a recipe that wasn’t as healthy just to make him happy. So I tried a recipe for cinnamon waffles. They were good, fluffier than my whole wheat kind, but nothing extraordinary.

Next, I noticed that I had some bananas that were over ripe so that led me to think of making banana nut waffles. So I searched and found this yummy recipe: http://cookieandkate.com/2013/banana-nut-waffles/

They were delicious. Thick, but delicious! I decided to make a half batch since I had one banana left but of course halfway through I realized that I hadn’t divided the ingredients like I was supposed to, so I substituted the other banana with a single serve cup of applesauce. So I guess I invented another kind of waffles: Apple Banana Nut! They were pretty good, too.

Finally, I also made pumpkin waffles from the fresh pumpkin I had cooked and frozen before Halloween. These were yummy, too! (Although I didn’t add the chocolate chips like she did. I was trying to keep it at least a little healthier).

So, now my freezer is bursting with waffles and I have been enjoying one for breakfast each morning with only a little butter and no syrup. And a week later, we still have a lot left. So hopefully they’ll last another week or so. Saves on buying cereal, too!


Cheesy Zucchini

Filed under: Recipes,Side Dishes/Snacks — Lacey @ 1:09 am

I stumbled on this recipe while on Pinterest (of couse!). But I am a refined Pinterest addict. I only get on when I need something specific and not just get sucked into to browsing for an hour at a time! But that’s besides the point.

This recipe is super easy and really good. Although H still threw a it about eating zucchini even though I only gave her teeny serving (I always make the kids take at least a little bite of everything). I wouldn’t have told her it was zucchini except daddy loudly asked what I was cooking and thought it was broccoli. Otherwise I was planning on just calling it cheesy veggies.

The recipe only calls for 2 ingredients: zucchini and cheese! I shredded the zucchini in my food processor with the shredding attachment and it worked great. Here’s the recipe: Cheesy Zucchini