Learning with Five in a Row:: Wee Gillis


We re-visited author, Munro Leaf while rowing the Scottish story of a young boy nick named Wee Gillis, who must forever choose with whom to live--his mother's relations in the lowlands or his father's relations in the highlands.  He chooses here nor there, but right in the middle and "plays the biggest bagpipes in all of Scotland."

Homeschooling with Five in a Row

Social Studies:
Geography- Scotland
Relationships- Controlling Emotions


Completed a worksheet from Education.Com about Months of the Year
Completed worksheets about 1/2 and other fractions

Language Arts:
Lots of Copywork!
Venn Diagram of differences/ similarities between Highlanders and Lowlanders
Poetry-- completed an antonym Diamante Poem; an unrhymed 7-line poem.  After much prodding, he made up a poem about McQueen and Thomas.
Talked about Family Names

Filled in a Book Report worksheet I found online.  

Medium- Monochrome
Compare & Contrast

Sorry for the blur, but this was for our Compare/ Contrast lesson.  I photocopied the two pictures of Wee Gillis eating his oatmeal, which appear to be the same, but upon closer examination there are several differences.  T found them all.  He has always been good with this sort of activity!

We talked about Fog & one night during our row we actually got to see it!

We completed a lung capacity experiment from an Usborne Science book; T had a lot of fun with that activity!  We made a model lung and timed how long he could hold his breath!
We also ate oatmeal for breakfast like Wee Gillis a couple times during the week-- not on purpose though!  I had yet to make it to the grocery store, so oatmeal it was!  We also made some Shortbread cookies-- a Scottish food-- but T wasn't a fan.  And how could we not read this book and listen to bagpipes play by watching videos on YouTube?!

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  1. Not a fan of shortbread? How can that be? :) I love this row, like all of your rows!

    1. Thanks, Phyllis! Yea, I was quite surprised he didn't like them, too!

  2. This looks like a great row!! Makes me want to read the book!

  3. great ideas! will have to check out this book! thanks for sharing on the Sunday Showcase!

  4. What great ideas! I love the lung project. I will be sharing this post on the Read.Explore.Learn. Facebook page and Pinterest Board.

  5. Looks like a good time! My son would have loved that McQueen art lesson ;-) !!

    Thanks for sharing at Sharing Saturday!


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