The Hickory Chair


Story Disk:

Parker colored the story disk and placed it on the southern part of the United States.

Cover Art:

Parker drew Grandma’s chair and the rug underneath. It looked beautiful!


Bible Lessons:

Having both the old and new teacher’s manual allows me to have access to Jane Lambert’s wonderful Bible Lessons. I’ve also bought the supplemental book too! The tender talking moments about the Lord are just one more reason to love FIAR!

Memory Verse:

I created a Bible verse pack for The Hickory Chair.

You can purchase your copy here at our TPT Store.

Parker traced his Bible verse and we added it in his FIAR notebook.


Family Relationships:

I found readWhen the Cousins Came as a fun picture book to cover relatives.


We read several books about grieving on our Epic app.

Attics & Wardrobes:

We read What’s Up in the Attic? and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

Parker watched an animated version of C.S. Lewis’s story that I added to The Hickory Chair playlist.

We were renovating our attic while rowing this book.

We had an attic door installed, floor boards added for storage and the insulation replaced.

It’s so exciting to be able to use the space for storage.



I added a vocabulary worksheet in The Hickory Chair Story Review.

You can purchase your copy here at our TPT Store.


I brought out Still More Stories from Grandma’s Attic and Treasures from Grandma’s Attic.

We thoroughly enjoyed reading through the stories. They are SO good!

Descriptive Prose:

Tree Poem:

Since Parker was learning about personification, I encouraged him to create a tree poem using this literary device.


We read several books about museums. Some covered art museums while other books covered natural history and science museums.


Calendar Work:

We read our March poem in A Child’s Calendar.

Afterwards, Parker completed his March calendar worksheet.

Making a Graph:

I printed the Going on a Tree Hunt worksheets from The Hickory Chair Story Review.

We went on a tree hunt, recording all the types of trees in our front and back yards.

Afterwards, Parker counted, tallied and graphed his tree data.

Understanding Generations:

First, we read Me and My Family Tree. This book explained generations really well.

Afterwards, Parker completed his family tree from The Hickory Tree Story Review.


Human Eye:

We recently studied the human eye in our science lessons.

Parker color-coded the parts of the human eye using a worksheet from The Hickory Tree Story Review.


We read A Picture Book of Louis Braille. It was a fabulous biography. Afterwards, Parker and I used the braille alphabet to send crack-the-code messages back and forth.

Afterwards, we read Morris and Buddy The Story of the First Seeing Eye Dog. It was a fantastic story.

Bleach & Lilacs:

Our lilacs are just starting to bud. They are so beautiful, but the blooming season is far too short. Their fragrant blossoms fill the spring air.

Bleach Experiment:

I brought out all of our Clorox bleach products. Unfortunately, I was running low on regular bleach.

First, I had Parker smell the cap, because it was less potent.

First, Parker filled our cup with water and we added red food coloring. Then we poured some bleach, but there wasn’t enough. I should have checked our supply before starting. We dumped it and started over.

Next, we refilled our cup with water and added blue food coloring. We added bleach spray and our bleach pen, but neither was strong enough. We dumped it out and started over.

Lastly, we refilled our cup with water and added yellow food coloring. We added bleach spray and our bleach pen. It wasn’t strong enough yo completely remove the color, but it did reduce some of the color.


Testing for Acids & Bases:

We read through our experiment instructions in our Science Activities book.

Parker picked six items to test and conducted his experiment, marking each result.

Chemical Reaction – Curdling:

Parker conducted his experiment and set it aside to wait.

Afterwards, we checked on our milk to see how much it curdled.

Sugar Cane & Molasses:

We tackled both the scientific process of making molasses to comparing someone’s voice by saying it’s “smooth as molasses”.

We read Drive Thru The Story of Sugar on our Epic app. This book was fabulous as it walked us through the complete farm to table process.

Next, we read Molasses Man, which taught us how to make molasses. It even had a picture of the kids playing “hide and go seek”.

Then we read Molasses Flood, loosely based on the actual story of the great molasses flood.

When we were all done, Parker and I baked a molasses cake.

Botany – Hickory Trees:

We read about hickory trees in our Field Guides for Kids Trees on our Epic app.

Then we looked at various types of leaves in our Nature Anatomy book.

I also bought National Geographic Kids Field Guide Trees. There were several pages of hickory trees we read about.


Pinterest Board:

You can find most of the activities, ideas, and printables from this post on The Hickory Chair Pinterest Board.

Youtube Playlist:

As with our other rows, we created The Hickory Chair Playlist with read-alouds, music, science, and other clips.

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