(We finished rowing this book about 2 weeks ago. I’m slowly trying to catch up on my postings. Check out my Pinterest FIAR board for the resources/blogs where I found most of my ideas.)
We really enjoyed rowing this book. The story was cute. H had a lot of fun learning about China, K can now very clearly say “duck” and H still goes around the house singing “la-la-lei.”
We started out by reading Ping. Then we read a few books about China. Both of which I highly recommend.
One of the books had a recipe for Chinese Moon Cookies, so of course we just HAD to make them. At least that’s what H said! They didn’t turn out quite as expected. They were too sticky (even after being in the fridge) to roll out, so I plopped blobs of them onto the cookie sheets. They ended up a bit flat, but they were yummy and were gone in no time!
We watched a couple YouTube videos about China. One was a step by step description of a formal Chinese tea ceremony. The other was about silk worms. The video showed how silk worms are raised, fed, and spin their cocoons. Then how the cocoons are later turned into silk thread. I would not want to be a silk farmer (is that what they’re called?). They have thousands of worms in their houses in this weird shelf bin thing. Then when the worms outgrow their shelves, they dump them on the ground in this room. There are literally thousands of worms crawling all over the ground. Ugh. And the farmer has to keep replenishing the leaves around the clock. That’s worse than a newborn baby! At least newborns are cute! And did you know that the silk worms are basically killed while they are in their cocoons? If the moths actually come out of their cocoons, the silk is then useless because it has been torn. Makes me feel a little bad for those worms. Oh, the things you can learn from YouTube!
We also finished our day by playing a card game called Duck Duck Bruce (since it has ducks in it). It’s a fun game made by Gamewright. Seriously any game by them is great! (We love Moose in the House, Hiss and Sleeping Queens.)
Today while we read Ping H graphed Ping’s family:
We read a few more books about China and the Yangtze River where the story of Ping takes place.
The I let her have some free time with paints (at her request). She painted/drew some neat pictures of China completed with cherry blossoms and Ping. I was rather impressed with her Ping picture.
She also watched Mulan 2 since it’s set in China. Nice excuse, huh?
Today we read some more books about China and the Yangtze River.
H made a lot of lanterns and hung them all over the house for Chinese decorations and Valentine’s Day (she made them all pink and red).
This is the book where we found our lantern craft and the other Chinese crafts we did. I highly recommend it!
Then we read a few fun stories about ducks.
Today H started out doing a few duck themed worksheets.
Then we read some more China books. H really liked the Mei Ling book and keeps using the name Mei Ling when she’s playing.
H worked on a few parts of the China lap book (that we turned into a regular book instead).
H did a few more Ping focused worksheets.
We talked about fiction vs nonfiction books and we came up with some examples of each.
I told H that Ping is considered a classic story and we discussed what that meant. She found it neat that the book was written before her great grandma (Mama) was born and that Mama, Nana, Me and H could have all read Ping while we were each growing up! (Although I never had heard of it before our study.)
We also briefly discussed repetition and found some examples in the story. We talked about why the author would want to use it. And I told her about how the Bible has some good examples is repetition.
We also talked about discernment. We discussed how not everything that looks good is actually good (the rice cake trap for Ping). And we talked about punishments and consequences. Ironically a couple days before we started this book, H admitted to me that she thought she might have lied while in the kid’s program at church. She was very upset about it even though it wasn’t really a big deal (I didn’t tell her that part). It made me happy that she was truly so concerned about doing what is right. After she talked to me about it, she asked if we could learn about not lying and doing the right thing in school. That request surprised me and it just so happened that this book had a similar message about not avoiding punishment and consequences. H thought it was neat. And the lesson really hit home!
We also got some more art fun in. We practiced drawing reflections in water and movement in water with colored pencils (like the artist in Ping did).
Then we made a Chinese Spinning drum (pictured on the cover of the Chinese art book posted about in day 3). I forgot I take a picture though!
We also read some more fun duck books.
Today we read a few more fun duck books:
We made a passport book for H to use for all the future FIAR books we study. I also created country stamps for the countries we learned about with our last book (How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World). I found the passport template on Pinterest.
Then it was time for some fun water and buoyancy experiments (H’s favorite type of school activity). We read and tried the experiments we found in this book:
I had H collect some household objects and toys. We filled the bathtub with water and then I had H predict whether each object would float or sink.
As she predicted each item, she threw it in and we recorded the results.
Then we got some heavier metal objects. First she put them into the tub and they clearly sunk. Then we created a boat out of foil. She still thought that they’d sink, so she was surprised when they floated.
Then the girls had to get into the tub of course and play with all the random toys. Isn’t science fun?
H also did a Ping copywork page. She really needs to work on her handwriting. I try to get her to take her time and focus. She can write neat, but she’s always rushing. I try to keep in mind that she’s only 5. I debate with myself whether or not to force the neatness. For now I’m convinced to just give her time to mature and as she gets older I’ll crack down more.
Today we counted Ping’s family again while reading the story, and this time H recorded them with tally marks.
Next, we did some more science experiments. We read the book Ducks Don’t Get Wet. I forgot to take a picture of this one, but I highly recommend it. Then we experimented with oils since ducks’ feathers are covered with oil, which helps them float. We put olive oil on one bag and nothing on the other. Then H dropped water onto the bags. The water didn’t absorb into the oiled bag, but it of course saturated the plain bag.
Next we skimmed through this book:
Then we did an experiment with different kinds of liquids. We used some of the items listed in the book above, but we also added a few I read about on Pinterest with a similar experiment. We put in food colored water, dish soap, honey, vegetable oil and corn syrup. Our top layer is so foamy because I poured the water and then the soap in first. Didn’t think about the foamy results. Duh. I’d recommend not adding the two together. I think it’d work better with adding some of the other oils in between. The oils separated better after sitting for a few hours. H thought all the layers were really neat.
Next, H did a few duck worksheets from homeschool share (I think?):
Next, we put together H’s China book. H drew Ping on the cover with fireworks since the Chinese invented fireworks. All the lapbook pieces were from homeschoolshare.com
This is a picture of a rice farmer and a horse drawn carriage:
We also watched some neat videos on Youtube. The first couple were about farmers from China who create heart and square shaped watermelon. Then we watched some videos about 10 unique fruits from China, 10 nonchinese Chinese foods, and 10 things you can only buy in China.
Then we had a Chinese dinner. H put on her Mulan dress and we put her hair up in a bun complete with chopsticks. We ate cashew chicken, stick rice, egg rolls and attempted to use chopsticks (fail!). We had a little picnic on the kitchen floor since Chinese eat at low tables (we didn’t have one to use). We also listened to classic chinese music from a pandora station.
And after dinner we made some Chinese fans (from the Chinese craft book mentioned earlier). They ended up quite huge!
We read some more fun duck and egg books:
These egg/duck books were really neat. H loved them both. K loved the duck pictures in the Duck book.
We used the Duck book to fill out a worksheet (from homeschool share) about what ducks can do at various ages (forgot to take a pic of it). Then H did her setting notebook and chose Yangtze as her vocab word. I tried to encourage some other words, but this is what she really wanted. And she drew Ping on the Yangtze river.
We read another silly book about eggs today:
Today was actually the Chinese New Year, we read a few more Chinese books:
And then H made her own dragon (from the Chinese art book):
Next, we learned about reflections. We found all the reflections in the water in The Story About Ping. Then we read:
The I See Myself book had some neat exercises that we did with a small mirror and a flashlight. I also showed H how words are reflected backwards in mirrors and then I wrote her name backwards and she looked at in the mirror. She thought that was pretty cool!
Later H drew her own dragon:
Ping was a lot of fun to row. H loved learning about China and continues to tell our extended family what items China invented and loved showing her China book off. And now she wants to make a country book for each of our other rows!