Here’s a little look at our “row” of Mirette on the High Wire. Printables are from HomeschoolShare or EnchantedLearning. Here’s the inside of our lapbook. We still need to add in some photos, but otherwise, all the projects are here.
Life Skills – Chores/Cooking
Unfortunately, I didn’t manage to get photos of any of this. The first day, Autumn learned how to make an omelet! We had fun and we each got our own yummy omelet. I think I need to get her to make them again for breakfast tomorrow – yum! 🙂
Mirette’s mother is a boardinghouse keeper and Mirette spends most of her time doing chores to help her mother. Autumn tried lots of chores Mirette does in the book, including scrubbing floors, washing windows, chopping vegetables, washing sheets, etc. She decided that running a boardinghouse would be too much work. I agree!
This was visit number four to France with five in a row, so we decided to focus on the Eiffel Tower instead of the broad look at geography/culture we usually do. We watched The History Channel’s The Eiffel Tower movie on Netflix streaming while Autumn practiced taking notes. Then she narrated her version of the history for this report.
Vocab, Drama, French Words
We have been making drama cards for each unit, since Autumn so enjoys acting out the stories. Vocabulary cards and French color word cards are from HomeschoolShare.
Geography – Bellini’s Career, Circle Map
We pulled out Autumn’s new globe (the main thing she wanted for her birthday) to trace the career of Bellini the high wire walker all over the world. We marked each place mentioned on the map.
I’ve seen this idea for “me on a map” all over the internet, but adapted it to our book. We have been studying the continents in geography, but Autumn has a hard time with getting continents and countries mixed up. This helped her with the concept – the continents fit in the planet, the countries into the continents, the city into the country, etc. We may add this as an element for upcoming units as well.
Our topics this unit were “practice makes perfect” and boasting. Both printables were from HomeschoolShare. The practice makes perfect mini is a cool pull tab that Autumn wrote on, adding a list of things at which she wants to excel. Love that there are lots of school things on there. 🙂
Language Arts – Compound Words
Autumn loved learning about compound words, especially since it involved a timer! We used the printables from HomeschoolShare and played a game to see how fast she could match them up. Forty-three seconds!
Art – Complimentary Colors
The coolest part about this activity, was the fact that we got to pull out our Papa Piccolo lapbook and use the color wheel we made in our last unit to figure out which colors are complimentary. Love it when the learning builds like this, especially when you are not doing the units in order!
Science – Ears/Balance
Delightful Learning (one of my favorite homeschool blogs) used experiments on balance from Usborne Science Activities Vol. 3, so I ordered it from the library. My mom and little sister were in town (helping me out while I had surgery), so Autumn and Miriam got to do these projects together. Glitter in a jar of water to show how we get dizzy…
Feeling the vibrations as you talk against a balloon…
Diagram of inside of ear, finding the parts that help with balance.
Art – Renoir
We did Renoir for this unit. We read Mike Venezia’s book and then did an activity from Discovering Great Artists. Autumn collected various items from the yard and the house and arranged her own still-life and painted her impression of it.