It’s April and the wild violets are blooming in the hay fields.
Here is what we’re up to this month:
We are continuing to work on our penny whistle skills, trying to master Hot Crossed Buns, Mary Had a Little Lamb, London Bridge, Baa Baa Black Sheep and Row, Row, Row Your Boat.
Vincent (4th grade) – The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost
Jude (Kindy) – Cock a Doodle Doo by Mother Goose
Me – Daffoldils by William Wordsworth
Main Lesson Block for 4th Grade:
We are finishing up our second block of Norse Myths, with the Twilight of the Gods and Ragnarok on the schedule this coming week. Vincent has really been anticipating the war between the gods and the giants. I’m using Norse Mythology by Charles Kovacs and supplementing with Norse Gods and Giants by D’Aulaires. We are continuing to work on our drawing and summary skills during this block.
Normally, I like to keep our blocks contained within the month, however, our extended spring break has interferred with this. The second week in April will see us beginning our final block of the year. I am combining US Geography (an extension of the local geography we began the year with) with our final Man and Animal block. I plan to take about 6-8 weeks, studying one region of the country per week. Both my boys have always liked geography, so I anticipate this being a fun way to end the year. It seems like I have a bunch of resources for this block. Mapmaking with Children by David Sobel, The United States of America by Millie Miller and Cyndi Nelson, Yankee Doodle’s Cousins by Anne Malcolmson, Native American Stories told by Joseph Bruchac and Minn of the Mississippi by Holling Clancy Holling. My goal is to keep facts to a minimum, and try to conjure a regional sense of place through biography and story. I have ordered a few other books by Holling Clancy Holling and may use them also. I’ll keep you updated as the block progresses.