Five In A Row: Down, Down the Mountain
This past week we read the book Down, Down the Mountain for our Five In A Row studies. My kids didn’t seem as impressed with this book. I’m not so sure anything will trump Mike Mulligan at this point. My kids are still talking about that one. This book correlates great with a county fair. Ours was the week before, and I knew we were going to read this but I just didn’t have time to make it there. Down, Down the Mountain was a tough week for us because the kids dad had also just come home from being gone at work for a week. Most of the week was spent out of the house with him, so it was harder to get to activities. But we did get to some reading in the car and on the go. When all else fails, just reading to your kids will do wonders!
For social studies we really focused on the Appalachian mountains. We placed our story disk right in the middle of the mountain range. But our focus was really on the culture of those that live in the Appalachians. Hawk had fun making log cabins all week out of his Lincoln Logs. We listened to the call of the whippoorwills and I had Sadie browse through a book on the Appalachians and write me three interesting facts about the people or animals of the mountains.
Because they plant turnips in the book and take them to the fair, I opted to do some seed studies. You can go further into that if you row this book in the Spring. We are in our second week of the school year, so we aren’t planting seeds. But the kids grew a garden with me over the summer, so they had experience recently with how long things take to grow. We focused on reading books about root vegetables, did a few fun worksheets, and watched a video from the Magic School Bus about planting seeds.
Our extra activity this past week was going to be making cornbread since it’s mentioned in the book. We talked a lot about how cornbread is easy to make, and it fills your bellies up. It was perfect to tie in with the Appalachian culture. But as time goes, we still have the cornbread box sitting on our counter. We will probably get to that tomorrow and revisit the book one more time. As mentioned earlier if you can time this book to row around the county fair, its perfect to enter a turnip as they do in the book, or at least show your kids the prized veggies. We worked on money this week for math along with our regular curriculum too since the story focuses on earning money to buy new shoes.
As life goes, sometimes I’m not sure they are absorbing what I’m teaching. Or sometimes I think they are bored with what they are learning. But then they hear a strange bird outside and stop and ask me if I think it’s a whippoorwill and I’m quickly reminded that my efforts are not going unnoticed.
We are rowing Make Way for Ducklings this week and the kids are already very into it. I’m finding that Five In A Row really helps solidify a lot of social studies and science. This is great since these are not my strong spots.
If you want to see how we rowed Mike Mulligan click here. Happy Rowing!