P31 Wannabe

HS: When I Was Young In the Mountains (FIAR2) November 22, 2013

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.


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