Our four picture books for Friday were, Down Down the Mountain by Ellis Credle, which is our Five in a Row book for the week (we started rowing it Friday), P is For Pelican: a Louisiana Alphabet Book, It Was Disgusting And We Ate It and Big Tracks, Little Tracks: Following Animal Prints (requested again).
We read Down Down the Mountain by Ellis Credle first and then talked about the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Appalachian culture and growing turnips. I'd like to try to get a turnip this week for the boys to try tasting.
Next we read P is For Pelican: a Louisiana Alphabet Book. Because we are from Louisiana and we read a lot of picture books about Louisiana culture, they were familiar with many of the things in the book. And since B is for beignet, we made some, which were yummy.
It Was Disgusting And We Ate It was both fun and disgusting. The boys really enjoyed about half of it, but after that, it started getting a little too gross for them (chicken blood soup was, I think, what pushed it over the top). I think we're all glad we read what we did as it was interesting.
We saved Big Tracks, Little Tracks: Following Animal Prints for last. Thursday afternoon, I had pulled out our jumbo animal tracks stamps that came with our What's Happening At the Zoo Kid Kit. This kit is really cool. Each stamp is mounted on a clear see-through top for easy, exact placement. Andrew found them and stamped animal tracks on the floor in the foyer (thank God that jumbo stamp pad is washable ink!). After I stopped hyperventilating, I realized that our big paper roll, taped down in the foyer would be a great place for those stamped animal tracks. So, after reading the book, we stamped tracks all over the paper on the floor. Then Nicholas labeled the tracks.
We also did more Math U See and some Explode the Code. Nicholas is still reading to me from the Phonics Readers series.