This week we started ‘rowing’ our first book of the Before Five in a Row (BFIAR) program: Corduroy, by Don Freeman.
‘Rowing’ a book refers to reading the book five days in a row (seems repetitive, but my kiddos already ask to read the same books over and over!), and doing several accompanying learning activities that are drawn from the book, also known as literature-based learning. The activities truly encourage a child’s imagination and peek their interest while they enjoy classic stories. The activities encompass all subjects, including math, science, art, Biblical teachings, poetry, language arts, and life skills. So far, I’m pretty impressed with this program! It’s directed at children ages two to four, and it seems like the perfect light and fun introduction to a love of learning!
We are also reviewing the letter B this week, and Corduroy is blending well as we review the ‘B’ sound of ‘bear’.
Libby is working on her pre-writing skills, and learning how to trace. She traces her letters and numbers, but also enjoys pre-writing practice.
So far we have been having so much fun while ‘rowing’ Corduroy. We discussed and practiced our manners. Lisa, the little girl in Corduroy, is respectful and uses manners to listen to her mother and speak politely to the saleswoman at the department store. We role-played saying please and thank-you, and I have been complimenting them throughout the day when they use their manners.
We also talked about different places or homes people live, as Corduroy “Always wanted a home”. I made and printed out 8 images showing the different places people can live, including houses, apartments, motor homes, houseboats, tents, igloos, nursing homes, and of course, an aircraft carrier. We talked about how Daddy is living on the boat right now, and that he has a bed and a shower and he eats in the boat dining room, but that he still is part of our family and our home, and that he will be back sleeping and playing at our house soon.
We reviewed the Bible verse Proverbs 17:17, and talked about the importance of friendship and helping our friends.
For lunch on Monday both Libby and Ian got to make their very own personal pizza, and we made them in the shape of teddy bear heads. This was a huge thrill to the kids; they love to help cook. Plus, they eat more when they help make it, total bonus!
Monday’s activities concluded with a game of Bear Color Memory, where I had print and cut squares with different colored bears to created a Memory-like matching game. This was a hit! She asked to play it 4 times in a row!
Tuesday morning we started our day off with Beary Good Blueberry Pancakes!
We placed together a puzzle about the letter B:
And did a little math with our snack!
Science: I found these animal flashcards online and printed them out. They correspond to all the animals pictured in the story book illustrations. She had fun identifying the animal, and then searching for it in the book’s pictures.
Finally, we finished up our BFIAR activities for today with a Corduroy craft project. I had pre-cut the bear and the overalls, but they each used the glue stick to glue down the overalls and draw the missing button on with marker.
Libby loved her Corduroy, and spent the rest of the afternoon making it ‘talk’. She imagined that the two Corduroys were best friends and they kept asking each other how their day was going 🙂
I know it seems like a lot, but we really move through everything quickly, generally only taking about two hours in the morning, and they LOVE doing activities. When we’re done with one, Libby immediately asks for the next. Today I had to tell her that that was all I had planned, and she actually asked to do everything over again!
And yes, many mornings they are still in their PJ’s. And so am I. My kids are early risers and they are up and at-em in the morning. Me? Not so much, so we often stay in our pajamas until we leave the house to go outside around 11am Unless the weather is nasty we spend lots of time outdoors at the park, in the backyard, or taking walks.
For the past two days Ian has been fascinated by this race car. He has had it in his sight every moment, and I have put him to bed with it three times in the last two days. He curls up next to it and goes to sleep. So sweet. I want to try and sneak and get a picture!
Looking forward to more fun as the week continues!