Sunday, September 11, 2011

This Week's "Row": One Tiny Turtle

One Tiny Turtle: Read and WonderOne of the children in our weekly "Five in a Row" coop requested that we study sea turtles, so we jumped off of the FIAR curriculum this week and focused on One Tiny Turtle, by Nicola Davies.  We did some activities at home, but we kept it light, since it was a four-day week.

What we did:
    Sea Turtles (Live Oak Readalong)Owen & Mzee: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship
  • Did some turtle computer programming
  • Made a quick paper turtle (IB's request).
  • Put toy turtles onto a world map by where they might live (just learning about coastal versus landlocked places and appropriate climates).
  • A few connect the dot turtles.
  • Visited the aquarium to see a sea turtle in person.
  • At our weekly coop, made an ocean in a bottle.

  • Learned the ASL sign for turtle.
  • Printed and colored these paper turtles, with the intention of racing them (didn't happen).
  • Made these paper bag turtle puppets.
  • Used the turtle number printable sheets at Confessions of a Homeschooler for a multiplication/addition/subtraction game (I called a problem out and he hopped onto the right answer).
    We also did a lot of book reading outside of the weekly theme.  Next week we are doing a book off of the Before Five in a Row curriculum: Caps for Sale.

    Apparently I didn't take many photos this week, except for many at the State Fair that have nothing to do with sea turtles.

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    Review and Give-Away: Bailey

    BaileyWhen we were offered the opportunity to review Bailey, I hesitated, because the Infant Bibliophile is homeschooled, and allergic to dogs.  A book about a dog's first day of school didn't necessarily seem like the best fit for our family.  I'm glad I gave it a try, because on the day that we received it, we read it five times, and acted the whole thing out about 10 times!  So I can only imagine how a dog-loving child who has just started school would feel about Bailey.

    From the publisher:
    "Meet Bailey, a dog who surprises and charms his fellow human classmates with his irrepressible antics.
    Follow Bailey the dog as he gets ready and goes to school. Should he wear the red or blue collar? Both are so fashionable! Will he be late? That squirrel is a distraction! And what about Bailey's homework? Would you believe he ate it? That is what dogs do, after all.

    In this funny new book from the best-selling children's illustrator Harry Bliss, school proves to be an unexpected place for Bailey to do all sorts of things he loves: reading, fetching, painting, digging, singing — and making friends!"

    Author Harry Bliss is a cartoonist and cover artist for The New Yorker magazine, and it shows; the illustrations in Bailey are playful and engaging.

    Bibliophile's reaction: He loved it.  He especially liked when Bailey fell asleep reading a book.  It is a fun book to act out, as Bailey engages in funny dancing, howling while trying to sing, etc.  Every reading (there were many) brought laughter. 

    Want to see more?  Check out the book trailer here.

    Give Away!  Three Winners!

    Thanks to the generosity of Scholastic:

    One winner will receive a Bailey lunchbox AND a copy of Bailey.
    Two additional winners will also receive a copy of Bailey.
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