“I know that you believe you understand what you think I said, but I'm not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.”
This post is honestly more of a collection of links that I'm sharing simply to save time for others. I didn't have any greatly profound or original ideas when it came to sharing this book with my children. Instead I drew on the creativity of others and trust me there is a lot out there. I hope you find something here that you can use.
Extend through reading and writing:
*Yes, I am aware that Charlotte Mason did not support the use of unit studies. I don't really follow her method in a frantic "letter of the law" sort of way. I think her methods reflect boundaries within a fairly flexible educational structure. Her ideas provide the core of our learning, however, I'll adapt anything that I find educational, enlightening and lovely. This study is all of those.
Extend Through Math:
Extend Through Life Skills:
Extend Through Science:
Extend Through Geography:
Extend Through Art and Creative Play:
*Whatever you choose to use to extend this story I advise that you notoverdo it. This book is so visually beautiful that it's a pleasure to read. You won't want to overwhelm kiddos with extra "work" that distracts from the beauty of the story.
Wonderful Blog Posts about Blueberries For Sal:
2. Visit http://mamahomeschool.blogspot.com/2008/10/blueberries-for-sal-other-activities.html for some really cool ideas from another blogger. I especially liked her link to the Life cycle of a Blueberry and her cork stamp craft is adorable!
3. Wondersome Story Time is a blog I follow. She also has some neat ideas concerning this book.
I promise I'll be more original in my next post :)
I began homeschooling my daughter Chloe very early. Honestly, a little too early. I had no clue what homeschooling really looked like, but I didn't wait for directions. I dove right in. Believe it or not, I began with Squirrel Nutkin. We read the book over and over again for an entire month. Each day I focused on one page of the book or some small detail of it. I wish I could remember and share all of the crazy inspiration I got from that tiny little book. We worked our way through all of the Beatrix Potter books that year,--though Chloe barely remembers the lessons --I told you I started too soon. That's why I was so excited when I found Peter Rabbit on the FIAR reading list. By that time she was the right age and I was eager to revisit our old friend, Peter.
Here are some of the ways that we enjoyed The Tale of Peter Rabbit --along with some new goodies I've picked up since then:
Extend through Reading and Writing:
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Extend through History/Geography
There are a ton of free activities online for studying Little House On The Prairie. Here I've compiled my favorites along with some pictures of our completed activities so that you can see some of these great ideas in action.
Reading and Language Art:
Check out Chloe and Caibry's candles:
We have a family friend named Mr. R who is 98 years old. Just for fun Chloe tried on an authentic prairie hat worn by his family while traveling to Oklahoma in a covered wagon!
I hope that you found this information helpful.
Frog and Toad are Friends was the first full book that my oldest child ever read aloud to me. I have such wonderful memories and pride when I think about our time spent with this book.
There are tons of ways to extend this book. I'm sure I'm only scratching the surface a little when I mention some of the activities we enjoyed.
Extend with Math:
Extend with Science:
Extend with Language Art:
Extend though Art:
Extend through Life Skills:
Extend through entertainment:
Still need more? Check out these great sites for more learning:
Mr. Popper's Penguins was a very fun read aloud. I think it was my favorite read so far this year. There are a couple of fun and free directions that you can go in to extend this book.
1) Extend through art:
Here is a picture of our Art Wall of penguin art projects . . .
2) Extend through Science or Geography
3) Extend through emotion and literary comprehension:
I hope these links, pictures, and ideas prove helpful to you.
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