Saturday, October 4, 2008

What's Buzzin' This Week

This week we're doing a Five in a Row unit on The Bee Tree by Patricia Polacco. I was going to save this one for next spring, but the kids have shown an interest in bees lately, and I happen to love Patricia Polacco's books. This should be a fun unit, and right now I'm thinking it will run for two weeks. This week we'll mainly stick with lessons from the Five in a Row manual, and the following week we'll concentrate on honeybees.

Superman and I love honey almost as much as "that silly old bear, Pooh" does. Honey on bread is one of our favorite teatime treats. Sooo...we'll most definitely try out a couple of new honey recipes, and hopefully get around to making some yummy little honey cookies that I give away each year at Christmas. I'll share the recipe here later in the week - you won't believe how good they are! We'll wrap up our study with a trip to a local farm where we'll see how those little creatures make that sweet, sticky, delicious food! :)

Now for our reading list. You'll notice that a lot of these books are by Patricia Polacco. She is one of my all-time favorite children's authors. Did I mention that already? :) Next year I'm hoping to do an author unit on her.

We'll also read a couple of books (not listed here) about the Yukon gold rush since there is a reference to it in The Bee Tree, and if we have time we'll read M Is For Mitten: A Michigan Alphabet and touch on the state of Michigan, the setting for The Bee Tree.

We'll also put together some minit books for our notebooks. Homeschool Share has plenty to choose from here and here.

For a fun craft, I think we'll make bees using paper plates.
1. The kids paint the plates yellow with black stripes and add facial features.
2. They trace their hand prints onto vellum or wax paper, cut out, and staple onto plate for wings.
3. Glue or staple pipe cleaners for antennae.

That's it for now. Later in the week I'll post more after things get buzzin' around here. :)

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