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.
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 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 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. :)