FIVE IN A ROW: PAPA PICCOLO
We decided to incorporate a literature-based, unit studies homeschool curriculum called, Five in a Row, to our homeschool this year.
I am so excited to start this curriculum.
What I really appreciate about Five in a Row after reviewing the manual and going through a few lessons with my kids:
- It is not boring.
- Works for those who have multiple kids with different age range. My kids are 5 and 7 and this works wonderfully.
- The kids look forward to it everyday because it’s not the same subject day after day.
- Prep for me was very minimal. It took maybe 15 minutes each day before the kids woke up and my prep was done.
BOTH my kids enjoyed homeschool this week, they did not complain that they have to do some mundane homeschool work.
My goal is that they cultivate the joy of learning, so Five in a Row is already looking very promising! 😀
MONDAY: SOCIAL STUDIES
First, the kids packed their suitcases and we pretended to “fly” to Venice, Italy. 😉
They got their “airplane” snacks.
We talked about the canals in Venice and how people travel by foot or the gondola.
We watched these two short videos.
I mentioned about the architecture and certain landmarks in Venice like St. Mark’s Square, but not much interest was shown so we moved on.
We looked for Italy on the map and colored the flag of Italy.
I played some Italian music in the background while they colored.
We learned about Marco Polo and I used this audio online on Marco Polo since I forgot to check out a book from the library on it.
Here they learned about his travels to China, the silk road, trade, and Kublai Khan.
Then, we played Marco Polo, except not in a pool, but our living room!
They noticed that some of the words were a different language.
Ellie said she remembers how to say grazie, which means thank you in Italian, from something she had watched previously.
Micah wanted to practice some Italian on Drops (a language learning app) and so they did for about 10 minutes or so.
Micah requested spaghetti for dinner, so that’s what we had.
Later in the evening, they asked to read Papa Piccolo again and so we did.
This time, Micah noticed some italicized words and asked why is it like that.
So, we talked about word fonts and I explained that tomorrow we will learn more (since it’ll be language arts).
We also talked more about fatherhood and adoption. How it was not a mama cat that adopted the kittens, but rather a papa cat.
They commented how sad that the kittens have no mama, but were glad that Piccolo decided to care for the kittens.
TUESDAY: LANGUAGE ARTS
We read Papa Piccolo again.
We read Aesop’s fable, The Fox and the Sour Grapes. We talked about the meaning of this fable and I asked if they can recall the part where Piccolo did the same thing as the fox in Aesop’s fable.
I wrote the vocabulary words in Micah’s notebook and make sure we talk about those specific words when we are reading.
I don’t make him memorize or spell the words. He is not there yet, but I just want him to understand the meaning (or definition) of those words.
We played charades game where they acted out some of the action words like worried, perched, awoke.
Ellie worked on a couple pages in her Good and the Beautiful Level K Primer Course Book.
Micah also worked on The Good and the Beautiful for additional language arts. Less tears for spelling now, yay!
You can get the entire Level One Language Arts Course Book FOR FREE here.
We ended up purchasing it because I didn’t want to print and bind the whole book.
We had some “Italian” snacks and sodas for our afternoon snack thanks to Trader Joe’s!
We watched a short video of last year’s Regatta in Venice that someone recorded and posted on YouTube while eating our snacks.
In the evening, we read Fancy Nancy and Nate the Great.
Fancy Nancy is a VERY good book for learning vocabularies. Great for introducing new words to little ones, like Ellie. 😊
Nate the Great is a nice, short detective chapter book that Micah enjoys.
Today, we read Papa Piccolo again.
We focused on the illustration of the book.
We talked about live eyes, illusion of speed, and how the artist used yellow for light.
We watched the Primary Colors Song. They absolutely LOVED this song.
Then, we learned about Complementary Colors.
For Micah, since he is a little more advanced than Ellie, he watched another video of Color Theory Basics, which he thoroughly enjoyed.
After that, we painted!
We read Papa Piccolo. Again. Yes, again.
We used some math cube links and pretended they were shoes.
We counted the pairs of shoes in the store where Piccolo asked Sophia to take care of the kittens.
We talked about groups of two’s and pairs of things like scissors, pants, and shoes.
Micah also worked on a lesson in his Math Mammoth curriculum.
Ellie and I read this fun Eric Carle One, Two, Three math booklet that I bought a long time ago from Costco.
She also asked to do some Mind Benders.
I really like the Mind Benders series from The Critical Thinking Company, check it out!
If you are interested, here is a post I wrote on my top fav. 8 math curriculum.
We read Papa Piccolo.
For science today, we looked up the different types and breeds of cats.
We identified what kind of cat Papa Piccolo was, and the other cats in the book as well. This was really fun.
We discussed the difference between purebred and mixed cats.
We also touched a little bit on peripheral vision, which was mentioned in the book part of the story when Papa Piccolo “saw something out of the corner of his eye.”
We did some demonstration of what peripheral vision means by having them look straight ahead and then used a stuffed animal and move it from behind their heads toward the front.
WRAPPING IT UP!
We ended our exciting journey to Italy by making lasagna and enjoyed it by eating with our neighbors.
The kids also have piano lessons once a week and practice 6x/week.
We like My Bible First for devotion. In fact, it was these lessons that helped Micah take off with reading last year.
They also stay pretty active by building obstacle courses, playing made-up games, chess and other board games.
We usually go for a walk or the playground in the evenings since it’s been pretty hot here in Illinois during the day right now.
Unfortunately, no sports this summer due to the Coronavirus Pandemic.
I hope you enjoyed a peek into what we do in our homeschool!
Let me know in the comment section below if you’d like to see more posts or even videos (if I can figure out how to edit and upload!) on how we homeschool.
Also, for those of you who are homeschooling, which curricula are you using for your homeschool this year?
Please let me know in the comment section below! I’m curious!