Week In Review: Miss Rumphius

I haven't posted a "Week In Review" in a while, and honestly I'm not entirely certain how often I will do them in the future, because they're fairly time consuming, but I do want to do them at the end of a "row".  We actually finished Miss Rumphius by Barbara Clooney a few weeks ago, I just haven't gotten around to blogging about it, so here we go.  This was a somewhat atypical row for us, because it lasted about two and a half weeks, even though we worked on it every day.  There was just so much to read and learn about that I didn't want to rush. 

Social Studies
Miss Rumphius visits far off islands, so we read lots of go-along books about and from Australia and New Zealand, including Koala Lou by Meme Fox, and every book our library had my Margaret Mahy.  The little ones favorite by Margaret Mahy was by far The Rattlebang Picnic!  Since Miss Rumphius lives in Maine, we also learned about Maine's state bird and flower.   

We also discussed life by the sea, small beginnings, and how we each have a special work to do, and read The Usborne Book of Wild Places: Mountains, Jungles & Deserts.  The Wild Places book was really informative, and the little ones loved reading it, they asked for it every afternoon.

Language Arts
Language Arts stretched out for about a week with this row as we spent a lot of time reading about and visiting the library.  I briefly introduced the Dewey Decimal system, and intended to use Kym Wright's Library Unit Study, but the little ones really wanted snuggle time on the couch so we skipped the more formal lessons for lots of good literature.  My favorite book on libraries was Our Library by Eve Bunting.  It is a sweet story about saving a library and the knowledge the books at the library contain.

Our first art project gave us a chance to learn more about shadows.  We went out at two different times during the day with the little ones standing in the same place, and then we traced their shadows.  It was fun for them to see the change in size and direction of their shadows, and also gave us the chance to talk about how people can tell the time by the location of the sun.    

We also tried our hand at a little mixed medium sponge painting.  There were finger paints, tempera paint, dot paint, and a little water color paint thrown in for fun.  Bitsy and Manly used sponges, paint brushes, and of course their fingers to depict their versions of a coral reef.
Math involved a lot of counting.  We also went over the manual lesson on bushels and pecks.  When I showed them our bushel basket in the garage they were in awe of Miss Rumphius' purchase of five bushels of lupine seeds!
We completed a seed book from Homeschool Share that was a lot fun.  We also learned about how seeds travel, and did a flapbook on the parts of a seed.
We also visited a local botanical garden, where we got to see some of the plants Miss Rumphius may have seen in her world travels up close.  Lettie LOVED exploring the flora and fauna.
We made sure to take time to just sit back and relax too, while we were there.  :)
 I LOVE these happy bonding moments!!!
Just for Fun
We also took a field trip down to the beach.  Bitsy and Manly built the "Bapa Raja's house" out of a picnic table, and decided daddy's new name for the evening was Bapa Raja.  :) 
 We learned a little about shells while we explored the beach.
 And we ended our row with tropical smoothies and a tropical fruit tray with pineapple yogurt dipping sauce.
Several times during the weeks that we read Miss Rumphius I found myself completely in awe of all that could be learned from this one picture book, it really felt like walking into a whole new world.  The Lupine Lady made the world a more beautiful place through the seeds she sowed educationally as well as agriculturally.

Eddie  – (June 17, 2012 at 8:51 AM)  

This was one of my daughter's favourite stories when we rowed it! I'm looking forward to rowing it again with my son this coming school year.

Michelle  – (June 17, 2012 at 12:34 PM)  

Abby, I absolutely love how you added so much literature to this row!!! If I could go back and change one thing over the last 2 years, it would have been to READ MORE BOOKS!!!

And the pick of your husband and kids in that HUGE chair just CRACKS me up!!! ha ha ha ha!

Anonymous –   – (June 19, 2012 at 11:34 PM)  

A great learning week filled with lots of family love!

Just adore the GIANT chair photo, too!

Lorie K  – (June 22, 2012 at 3:07 PM)  

Love all the great books you incorporated!

JDaniel4's Mom  – (June 22, 2012 at 8:15 PM)  

This is one of my favorite books. You did such great job of coming up with book tie-ins.

Mud Puddle Soup  – (March 23, 2015 at 8:09 PM)  

We are "rowing" this book! If you get a minute, I'd love to know which botanical gardens you visited :-)

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