This week we chose to read St. Patrick’s Day in the morning and focus on St. Patrick’s Day. I figured instead of doing two separate books this week, the boys would both share and enjoy this unit together and it’s easy enough for me to tweak the activities to each level. My youngest listened to the story and danced and viewed most of the videos we watched.
The story is set on an Irish countryside on St. Patrick’s day. A little boy struggles with being to small to walk in the parade. He sets out early in the morning to prove he is big enough and has his own parade through town where we meet neighbors and animals. “They say I’m too small- but what do they know”
Who is St. Patrick?
Irish Potato famine.
Irish Folk Song : Bog Down in the Valley ( the boys loved this song)
Continued study of Ancient Egypt: Studied Civilization and built a 3-D Pyramid
Language Arts: Copywork of the Irish Blessing
Repetition: Discussed what phrase is repeated throughout the story and how does this personalize the main character?
Writing -Short Story: Tell about a time you felt or were told you were too small to do something. How did you feel? What did you do?
Copywork of a Limerick: Note the AABA pattern
Health: Green Nature Walk and journal entry
Talking about being a “Cheerful Giver” (based on the story) How does it feel to receive/give?
Phys/Chem: Atoms and Molecules. A look at how small Atoms are (ripping up foil into tiny bits as example) began Elements of the Periodic Table, starting with Hydrogen.
Luke enjoyed looking at the table too, and pointed out the bullet train.
States of Matter: Then both boys took a turn as the conductor on a steam train, while learning how steam is made and the different parts of an engine, while solving a mystery! Really fun game!!
List of Five Senses Used in the Story. (younger) Ask what can you see, hear, touch, taste, and smell?
Continue on weekly math lessons
Unit Living/ Math:
Jelly Bean Graphing- (boy receives jelly beans at town sweet-shop)Give Range, Medium, Mode and Mean
Luke categorized by color.
Art: Colored the Irish Flag and had own parade around the house.
Field Trip: Birthday Trip to the Zoo this week!