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Five in a Row

The Finest Horse in Town Co-op

Well, we hit Tammy’s farm for this one (for obvious reasons!). I had one group inside learning about the American Flag (pledge, symbolism, and a flag snack). The other lucky group was outside in horse heaven.  Then we swapped groups. 

The kids even got to pose in a carriage!

Paul Revere’s Ride

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For one of the lessons at co-op, we learned about Paul Revere and his family.  The Revere children would have had to make their own toys, so we made a toy– a cornhusk doll. 

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We also learned about the famous ride (according to the poem) and mapped the route.   We made our map look old using tea bags, torn edges, and by wadding it up into a ball.  We also rubbed oil on it when we got home.    I will post instructions and a template for this project on the Paul Revere Resource page at Homeschool Share as soon as I get a chance. 

We didn’t do as much as I’d hoped this week.  We did read the story multiple times.  We also started our timeline!  WOO HOO!  I am so excited to get it on the wall (I may try to post pictures later).  We used eye hooks and fishing line to make four rows.  Then we cut/pasted a picture of Paul Revere to an index card.  Elijah wrote "Paul Revere’s Ride 1775" on the card and we put it up on the line with a clothespin. 

Here is a project we did actually find time for.  Elijah helped with the stuffing and sewing.  Now, he can ride around and warn our entire household, "The British are coming!  The British are coming!" 

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Wild 1.5 Weeks With The Bee Tree

 

This book, The Bee Tree, is an old friend now.  We spent a little bit longer on it because Elijah and his dad went on a special father-son vacation last week for four days.  Rather than moving on with my schedule, I decided to stop and finish The Bee Tree; we are SO glad we did.

We learned about so much ~ The Klondike Goldrush in the Yukon, Michigan, hospitality, hexagons, onomatopoeia,  and of course, bees!   We skipped our handwriting workbook since Elijah did so much writing in his lapbook (the "Bugs" book had quite a bit and he did SO wonderful!). 

I have to add in that we were *suppose* to make a notebook with this book.  I had all the notebooking pages pre-made, but Elijah was devestated that we weren’t going to do a lapbook, so we turned a few of the notebooking pages into minit books (it can be done easily!).  Then I worked hard one night preparing a few fun things (like the hospitality house and honey bear pull tab) for him.   I think we are becoming lapbooking junkies!    This is the first time we’ve ever had to add another folder– how exciting!  Here are the notebooking pages and lapbook templates

Our grand finale today was the baking powder biscuits with orange honey butter (YUM) found in Becky Jane’s Five in a Row Cookbook.      It’s been a wonderful 1.5 weeks.