This week we rowed The Red Carpet by Rex Parkin. This is one of our favorite books yet! This adventurous rhyming story tells of a red carpet that is rolled out for the Duke. It rolls out of control and the police are summoned to arrest it! It outruns the police and makes its way to a special visitor.
We learned about police, signs, and about motorcycles (the police in the book were ‘motorcycle cops’).
We started the row with lots of fun! After reading the book I got out their play table and wooden town set. Libby and Ian set up their town, and I got out a surprise – red crepe paper. Libby and Ian took turns rolling the ‘carpet’ through their town, and eventually it got loose and rolled all over the house!
Libby became fascinated with signs this week! We read the book everyday, and Libby was especially interested in the poison warning sign and the jellyfish warning signs. She took great care to look at each one and ask what they represented. While we were out and about she pointed out signs all over the place, and as we’re riding in the car she tells me what each sign means, “Mommy, there’s an H sign, there is a hospital down that way!”.
She drew signs of her own. The first one is the jellyfish warning sign she saw in her book, and the second one is a sign she created for her room – a sign showing that Ian is not allowed to jump on her bed! She also did a scavenger hunt from homeschoolcreations where she found different traffic signs throughout the book.
We read books about police officers and talked about how they help to protect us. We talked about 911 and practiced dialing on my cell phone (without actually calling!). Libby and Ian dressed up as community helpers, and also learned about fingerprinting. God makes each of us an individual, and nobody has the same fingerprints. Police use fingerprints to find the ‘bad guys’.
We counted pennies and learned about the term cents.
The kids each made their own police badges with glitter!
In the book, when the carpet comes through town it turns over the pretzel cart sending pretzels flying. We made pretzels from scratch. Most of them were cinnamon sugar, and they were yummy!
We built a Lego police car.
We ended the unit on Father’s Day. We were able to talk about what a special person Daddy is in our life, and we wrapped up the book by rolling out the red carpet for Daddy on Father’s Day morning!
Homemade cards for dad. Libby wrote hers all by herself (I spelled for her, but she told me what she wanted to say and she wrote it!)
For Father’s Day we went miniature golfing, home for BBQ ribs, and then went for an afternoon swim. It was a wonderful day!
Ian jumped in the pool all by himself! We ended the day with a splash 🙂