Paddle To The Sea ~
We are enjoying our unit study on Paddle to the Sea. I love the map that came with the unit study and the kids are slowly filling it in as we cover new geographical areas in the story. I plan on making a salt dough map of the Great Lakes with them at the end of the unit. We enjoyed reenacting the canoe sitting on the hill of snow waiting for it to melt. Our boat slid down the hill in the same way described in the story.
Cricket In Time Square ~
I have always loved this story and the kids can't get enough of it. We are following the Beyond FIAR unit study. This week we studied U.S. currency, the terrors of poaching elephants for ivory, New York City, and how to write a story from an animal's perspective. The kids really like this style of writing. We will be writing a story next week from an animal's perspective.
|I inherited these ivory necklaces a few years ago. I imagine they were purchased long before the ban on trading or selling ivory.|
Other School ~
We finished the book, Then There Were Five. What a lovely story. We just have one more to go in the series. Little Red Riding Hood finished the first book in The Sister's 8 series. I am so glad to see her reading taking off. Tom Sawyer is doing well in his writing class out of the home. The class uses the Orton-Gillingham approach, which is very good for children with reading, writing, and spelling difficulties that are similar to dyslexia.
The Rest ~
This was a really hard week for our son, Timothy. He had a lot of anxiety and unfounded anger. Apparently, he is having a bad reaction to yet another asthma medication. It seems there is none that he can take without having bad reactions. So he stopped all his medication yesterday and is feeling much better today. It is such a hard journey to find medications that his body can handle.