I chose Lentil by Robert Mccloskey, because I knew it would appeal to Jordan. I needed a great book to get him excited about school after a fun summer. Lentil has many of the elements Jordan loves…patriotism, harmonicas, lemons, and whittling!
We chose to memorize Proverbs 18:16 for this unit. I created a Bible verse printable pack for the boys to work on.
Gifts & Talents:
During circle time, we talked about how God gives everyone different gifts. We read God Made You Special by Jennifer Holder. We talked about how we are unique and special.
We watched The Gaither Vocal Band sing, Songs That Answer Questions on our Lentil playlist. I love the line, “One may be the knee, and one the toes, I’m the chin and I’m the nose But listen, brother, we have need of these.”
We started our morning reading Lentil and focusing on Old Sneep. We talked about his sour disposition and what made him so disagreeable.
During circle time we read, Miggy and Tiggy A Story about Overcoming Jealousy.
We talked about focusing on what we have, being content, and being happy when our friends have things we would want.
History, Geography, & Social Studies:
I set out our map and Celebrating Ohio book and they remained in our Learning Lane throughout this unit.
Jordan colored and placed our story disk on Ohio since our story takes place in Alto, Ohio, a fictional but all too familiar small town.
The boys added some Ohio inserts into their lapbooks.We read Travelin’ the Northeast which was just enough information for Parker.Later Jordan and I read Celebrating Ohio by Jane Kurtz. This was a fabulous book with many fun and interesting facts!
Small Town Life:
We talked about small towns and read Living in Rural Communities by Kristen Sterling.
Next, the boys completed their “My Community” lapbook insert from homeschoolshare’s Lentil lapbook.
We started our morning on a patriotic theme. We talked about patriotism and respecting our flag. I always cry when talking about America….we can’t forget those who fought and gave their lives for our freedom.
One morning I surprised the kids with a patriotic sweet snack! I gave each kid a graham cracker with cream cheese, and a cup of blueberries and strawberries.
They created beautiful and delicious edible American flags! So much yummy fun!
We talked about Veterans, those who served in one of our country’s 5 branches of armed services. We read several books about Veterans Day on our Epic online reading app.
Thank You Veterans Wind Socks
I found an adorable Veterans wind sock craft on Pinterest.
First, the boys sponged green tempura paint on white construction paper.
Next, they sponged brown tempura paint.
Lastly, they mixed the brown and green paint to make olive green and sponged it wherever they saw white spots.
While the paper dried, we went to the schoolroom and worked on the heart and faces of our craft.
Jordan is using Sonlight for spelling, phonics, reading, and math. I try to connect some activities with our FIAR books to keep him engaged.
Jordan’s spelling words all had suffixes, so we created a suffix train that Colonel Carter needed help “loading” so he could get to the celebration in Alto. First, we reviewed his spelling words and separated the root word from the suffix. Afterward, Jordan copied the root words on the train and the suffixes on the caboose.
Lentil Verb Hunt:
For our lesson on similes, we focused our attention on ice cream, the tasty treat the whole town enjoyed.
We talked about how similes are short phrases that compare two or more things using the words “like” or “as”.
We watched a few videos about similes from our Sonlight Core A playlist, chose our ice cream flavors, built our paper cone, and filled in our definition.
He loves The Beginner’s Bible, so I was super excited to see that it was the first 2nd grade reader. We’re off to a great start!
In addition, to our Horizon 2 lessons and workbook, I tried to add a little math fun into the mix.
I found some lemon fraction cards from schoolingamonkey and everyone was able to do a few.
I created a fun Math by Dice – Lemonade Addition pack for Parker to work on.
You can purchase your copy for just $1.00 at our TPT store.
I created a Lemonade Addition pack. Parker worked on the roll, write, and add worksheet.
Measuring with Lentils:
I wanted to make lentil soup while rowing Lentil, but it didn’t happen until much later (a “round up” activity for another day).
I bought a huge bag of lentils from the store. I reserved some and poured the rest into a bin and used it for sensory play.
I gave the boys a set of measuring cups and told them to see how many 1/2 cups are in 1 cup. We had a few other fun math measuring problems, but most of the time they just enjoyed some sensory play.
I finally made the lentil soup and it turned out delicious!
I created some pompom activities to add to our Learning Lane. One was a patriotic theme with red, white, and blue pompoms. Another had a citrus theme with green, pink, yellow, and orange pompoms. I created a control card to go with each and set out the activity on Learning Lane.
From Lemon to Lemonade:
We read From Lemon to Lemonade by Ali Munsch.
The kids took turns cutting and squeezing the lemons with our hand juicer.
Then they each “sucked on a lemon” like Old Sneep.
We poured our juice, water, and Splenda Naturals into our pitcher.
I set this aside for our special lemon dessert after dinner.
5 Senses – Taste:
We read The Five Senses Tasting and talked about the various taste buds in our mouths.
We brought out our compact mirror and looked at our tastebuds.
I brought out our parts of the tongue 3-part cards and we talked about which part of the tongue tasted salty, sweet, bitter, and sour. The boys took turns adding the food to each part of the tongue.
After his nap, Parker and I went through this activity again.
I set out a match the food to the correct taste bud using mamashappyhive’s 3-part cards.
Jordan worked on this activity alone.
Jordan and I read Sounds All Around and talked about why Lentil said it improved 100% in the tub. We discussed how the sound echoes in an empty room without carpet.
Later on, we decided to test Lentil’s theory by playing our harmonicas in various rooms.
We ended in the bathroom and they understood the concept.
Honestly, I think it would have had a greater impact if we sang something instead of played, but Lentil did NOT have a singing voice :).
I loved how the kids at Delightful Learning did a “guess the sound” experiment. I didn’t do this at the time, but it came up naturally during our Sonlight science later in the week.
So cool that we fit it in!
Art, Crafts, & Cooking:
I found this really cool Lentil chalk art tutorial from HodgePodge. We actually used our Charcoal pencil kit, but followed her directions.
This was a “round up” activity that we worked on while rowing The Rag Coat. We talked about coal vs. charcoal, so it seemed fitting to complete this activity then.
We brought out our recipe for Wacky Lemon Cake from sweetlittlebluebird. Haley read the recipe and all the kids took turns measuring the ingredients.
They love mixing and licking this batter since it doesn’t have any eggs.
They served it with the lemonade we made after dinner that night.
A lemony and tasty treat!
Patriotic Bird Houses:
While talking about homes and architectural styles, we decided to make houses for our birdie friends. I primed and painted the milk cartons ahead of time and set out a tray of beads, buttons, gems, and the like.
The kids LOVED this activity. I heated up two glue guns and the boys started working on them first thing.
Later on, big sister joined in on the fun.
I’m glad we gave them an old Americana feel since Lentil had a patriotic theme. They turned out really adorable!