Barefoot in Suburbia

Homeschooling & Special Needs, Inspired by the Montessori Way

FIAR: The Story About Ping June 21, 2012

Filed under: Kindergarten — Barefoot in Suburbia @ 9:58 am
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Last week, Monkey worked on The Story About Ping as part of the Five in a Row curriculum.  Truth be told, this was never one of my favorite children’s books.  The whole idea of a story where ducks get spanked being last (because there will always be one that is last!) never really sat well with me.  But, the unit ended up being a really fun one.

Monkey looked through this book on China, where the story took place.


Monkey also used chopsticks to transfer pom poms from one bowl to the other.


We discussed the technique the illustrator used in the book to draw the pictures. Then Monkey used similar techniques to color her own illustration from Ping.


We lined up a block for each of pings mother, father, 2 sisters, 3 brothers, 42 cousins, and himself. There were a LOT of ducks that lived in Ping’s boat!


We studied buoyancy by finding out what objects would sink and what objects would float.


Monkey working on sink vs. float


Monkey wanted to make a boat as well, so we took an empty milk carton and made a boat.


We also went camping this weekend and found some ducks to feed…the kids were still in their pjs when we found the ducks, but they still had a lot of fun feeding them!


Feeding the ducks early in the morning.



FIAR: Madeline June 13, 2012

Filed under: In the kitchen,Kindergarten — Barefoot in Suburbia @ 10:35 am
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This week, Monkey began using the curriculum Five in a Row.  We wanted to start with a familiar story (and, honestly, I waited too long to reserve Ping…I ended up trapped in the library’s waiting list for a couple weeks! LOL!)  So, we started with Madeline, and Monkey really enjoyed it (Bug did too…she ended up sitting in on Monkey’s lessons because she loves the story so much!).

We ended up doing most of the activities in the FIAR manual, but obviously I couldn’t take pictures of them all since a lot of it was verbal.  Here are a few pictures I was able to take from the unit though!

I found a copy of a coloring sheet of Madeline and her schoolmates. I printed it out, and Monkey colored all of the friends before cutting them out. Then she used them to practice her addition facts.

We also learned about ways to divide 12. The author divides the 12 little girls into 2 straight lines. We worked on what it would look like if there were 3, 4, and 6 straight lines.

The girls in Madeline also broke their bread every night. Bug and Monkey decided to make their own bread. Here, Monkey is cutting zucchini for zucchini bread.

Mixing the bread dough.

The final product–mini zucchini applesauce loaves.

At the end of the book, Miss Clavel says “Thank the Lord you are well”. We talked about germs and ways we can stay healthy. To reinforce the concept of germs, we took 4 agar-prepped petri dishes. In the first one, we touched half with our hands, and then touched it again after using soap to wash our hands. In the next dish, we swabbed the inside of our mouths and spread it all over the petri dish. Then in half, we spread some toothpaste to see if toothpaste kills germs in the mouth. The third dish, we swabbed our skin and put it all over the petri dish. Then in half, we used antibacterial cream. In the 4th dish, we split the dish into 4 parts. Each of us swabbed our feet and swiped the swab into one of the 4 quadrants to see which person has the germiest feet. 😉 Stay tuned a couple days until we find out the results (we have to let the dishes culture!)