Ready to Row:
I made yummy mooncakes over the weekend. They already looked so moon-like, I just added a homemade cream cheese frosting glaze.
First, Parker colored the story disk.
Afterwards, he placed the story disk in Florida, home to the Kennedy Space Center.
Parker did a wonderful job creating the cover art in his FIAR notebook. I love when the kids put their heart into their projects.
My created a Bible verse printable using artwork my daughter created.
You can purchase your printable here. There’s a bonus FREEbie in the preview.
Parker traced his verse snd we glued it in his FIAR notebook. He recited it at the end of our row.
We recently studied Florida while rowing Arabella; so, we lightly explored the state during this row.
We looked for any space-related information as well as fun facts in Travels with Charlie Down South.
We thumbed through the Florida pages of The 50 States.
I chose to row A Kite for Moon while we were studying Korea in our history program. It paired beautifully with The Kite Fighters read-aloud.
Since we were already reading about Korea, I chose to add some fun Korean culture picture books to this row.
This was a phenomenal book. I checked it out from our public library. I plan to order one if we explore Korea again.
Just for fun, we read several books about Korean culture.
We started our space unit by reading Hidden Figures. This was a wonderful book, full of information about each of these great women.
Parker and I also read The Story of Neil Armstrong together. We broke it up over several days.
We also read more about Katherine Johnson in Counting on Kathrine. what a brilliant woman
I created A Kite for Moon Story Review.
You can purchase your copy here.
We reviewed personification and I gave Parker the Figurative Language worksheet from our Story Review.
First, Parker sketched his moon picture and used watercolors to paint his moon.
Then, he completed the questions that followed. In addition to personification, we reviewed similes, metaphors, and third person.
Prefixes, Root Words, & Suffixes:
I created a quick Root Words, Prefix and Suffix worksheet.
After we reviewed the concepts, we completed the worksheet together.
I printed copies of our October calendar worksheets.
Parker organized our calendar by adding pumpkin numbers, holidays, and birthdays to our flip-chart.
Afterwards, he added dates and events on his worksheet.
Applied Math – Days in a Year:
I modified the calendar worksheet from The Old Woman Who Named Things Story Review. I included a second page with more challenging multiplication and division problems.
Parker zipped through the problems on the first page and paused on the number of days each month. He explained it could be 28-31 days. I challenged him to calculate the average.
He flipped his paper over and calculated the average. I’m so proud of him for taking the challenge and applying his math knowledge to a real-life scenario!
1,2,3s to Algebra:
First, we discussed how the little boy had to lean to count before addition, multiply before algebra, and so on.
We reviewed Parker’s math book and saw his own progression from 2D shapes to 3D shapes, from learning about the hands on a clock to telling time and so forth.
Afterwards, we read David Adler’s Mystery Math a First Book of Algebra. This was an excellent introduction to algebra. It was really well explained.
I printed a few worksheets from our I See the Moon printable and set them out with So That’s How the Moon Changes Shape!
The day we studied moon phases, I set out a plate of mini pancakes and spread Nutella to mark the phases.
Parker read and answered the questions on his worksheet.
Full Moon Lore:
Throughout history, people have named the full moon in each month of the year.
We learned about all the full moon names in Full Moon Lore on our Epic app.
I created a fill-in-the-blank full moon page in Parker’s FIAR notebook. He used the book as reference to name and color them.
We also read many other moon themed books, both fictional tales as well as science-based.
The young boy grew up and learned to drive cars, fly airplanes, and finally pilot a rocket.
We read about all three in Cool Cars, Amazing Airplanes, and Roaring Rockets!
ARTS, CRAFTS & FUN:
I printed copies of our I See the Moon printable. Parker did a crayon-resist white crayon and watercolor technique. I added a copy of this worksheet in the story review.
It turned out beautifully. We glued it in his FIAR lapbook.
We read Gail Gibbon’s Catch the Wind! all About Kites. We learned all about the origin and history of kites as well as the science behind them.
We also read Kite Day on our Epic app. This was a really cute story geared for younger kids or older ones who love bears!
I found another kite book by Jane Yolen. The Emperor and the Kite was a wonderful addition to our Eastern Hemisphere unit.
I bought kite kits for the boys to decorate. They colored them while I read aloud.
You can find most of the activities, ideas, and printables from this post on our A Kite for Moon board.
As with our other rows, we created A Kite for Moon playlist with read-alouds, music, science, and other clips.