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FIAR: When I Was Young in the Mountains

June 19, 2013

Whoa!!  It's been over a month since I have shared a FIAR post!  I've been busy posting reviews, Tot School with Little Sis, and fun summer craft ideas that I have neglected sharing with you what T has been up to!  We finished T's FIAR 5K school year around the end of May and are now diving into our Summer Schooling plans.  

We ended T's last month of FIAR units with When I Was Young in the Mountains, Henry the Castaway, and The Duchess Bakes a Cake.  With the exception of our last row, the other two aren't picture heavy and I've just not been in the mood to sit and write such detailed posts like I have throughout the year!  Excuse the burn-out!  

But I did want to share some highlights from When I Was Young in the Mountains by Cynthia Rylant.  A couple fun highlights from this row were:
our Snake Egg experiment for Science
Most snakes lay eggs that feel soft and leathery, so with our own egg and vinegar we had the chance to feel what it would be like because there is no chance we'll be touching an actual snake egg any time soon!
Just add vinegar to a cup with the egg in it.  The vinegar ate away at the shell and made it disinegrate.
And left the egg soft and squishy-- just don't push on it too hard unless you want to be covered in egg yolk!!
... and our Social Studies/ History lesson which took us Antiquing!  I asked T to be in charge of taking pictures and this is the best one I have of the "oldies" we found ; )  We also spotted a wood stove, trolls (hello 90's!!), old kitchen utensils, 60's furniture, etc. etc.!!  It was definitely a fun field trip!
Comparing/ Contrasting between Then & Now
For art, we did an "I Spy" activity...
For our math lesson, I intended to do an activity with a 'make-your-own' scale, but we didn't have the materials on hand that day (organization hasn't been my strong suit lately!), so instead we figured out how many gallons of milk T weighed.  
Okay, okay... not exactly the lesson outlined in the book... but it worked ; )
Stay tuned for our last two rows!  

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Sarah said...

Hello! I love going to antique shops - what a fun field trip! I'm also very impressed that you did it with three kiddos - I'm not so brave! Love all your activities here. All the stuff I see about FIAR makes me want to check it out.

Melinda said...

great way to incorporate sensory with a book review. I'd love if you shared this on our #kidsinthektichen linky this week http://lookwhatmomfound.com/2013/06/blueberries-right-from-the-garden-kidsinthekitchen.html

Kristina said...

FIAR is definitely a fun and relaxed curriculum to use! Endless possibilities and plenty opps for field trips!! : ) The antique shop (or mall rather) was SO fun and thankfully the kiddos were good that day! Having handy technology to keep the tots busy was a life-saver : )

Deceptively Educational said...

Snake eggs?!? That is SOOOOOO cool, Kristina! Please link this up on Monday to the After School Linky Party on my blog!

Kristina said...

I'll be over on Monday!! Thanks for the reminder : )

JDaniel4's Mom said...

Wow! Snake eggs look so cool! What fun! Thank you for linking to Read.Explore.Learn. I will be sharing this post.

Beth Gorden said...

What a fun unit! I've been wanting to try the egg experiment for a while - need to get around to it =)

I am pinning & sharing =)

Thanks for linking up to TGIF! I hope to see you linked up again later today.

Have a great weekend,
Beth =)

Deceptively Educational said...

I'm SO glad you linked up, Kristina. I'm featuring this tomorrow. Stop by to check it out and share more of your amazing ideas and activities!

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