Thursday, February 26, 2015

Presidents Study: Chester Arthur books and crafts

Chester Arthur
by Mike Venzia

Chester Arthur
by Paul Joseph

Chester Arthur was once known as the be fisherman America.  He painted a picture of him fishing!


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Mystery of History Volume 2 Lessons 73-75

Lesson 73  Dante Alighieri, Poet of the Middle Ages

We watched some of this You tube video.

Lesson 74  The Aztecs (The Mexica)

We read this book as an add on to the lesson.

You Wouldn't want to be an Aztec Sacrifice!
by Fiona MacDonald

Lesson 75  The Hundred Years’ War 

I had him watch this video.


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

USA study: Tennessee

State facts:
         1.  Chattanooga has the world's largest freshwater aquarium.
         2.  Coca Cola was 1st bottled in 1899 in Chattanooga.
         3.  The Lay potato chip company was started in Nashville in 1932.  It later merged with the Frito company and became Frito-Lay in 1961.

by Paul Joseph

Swamp Angel
by Anne Isaacs

When the Whippoorwill Calls
by Candice Ransom

Knoxville, Tennessee
by Nikki Giovanni

Count on us
by Michael Shoulders

Goin' Someplace Special
by Patricia McKissack

V is for Volunteer
by Michael Shoulders

On Granddaddy's Farm
by Thomas Allen

Luck of Potatoes
by Helen Kettlman

Our footprint guitar!

We also made a guitar with a kleenex box and rubberbands.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Poppins Book Nook: Poetry: The Cow in Apple Time and a giveaway!

Welcome back to another month of Poppins Book Nook!!  
Jill R. Ehm-Creator's photo.
This month was a poetry theme.  We chose the book:

The Cow in Apple Time
by Robert Frost

I love Robert Frost!!  I got 3 from the library and this is the one Conner chose.

We practiced our rhyming words and fed our cow apples.  

Can you tell Mocha loves apples!!

Thinking the camera is an apple!

Enjoying the snow!

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Presidents Study: James Garfield books and crafts

James Garfield
by Megan Gunderson

James Garfield
by Mike Venzia

James Garfield was the 1st left-handed President.

Practicing writing our name with both hands.


Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Mystery of History Volume 2 Lessons 70-72

Lesson 70  The Great Khans and the Mongol Invasion of China

Making a yurt like Gengis Khan and the Mongolian Empire.

Umbrella, clothespins, and sheets!!


Following the trail of Marco Polo by Geronimo Stilton

Lesson 72  Sir William Wallace and Robert Bruce, Bravehearts of Scotland 

The Door in the Wall
by Marguerite de Angell


Tuesday, February 17, 2015

USA study: Alabama

Some cool Alabama facts:

1.  Rosa Parks and the Civil Rights Movement had some major victories in Alabama.
2.  George Washington Carver discovered 300 uses for peanuts at the Tuskegee Institute.
3.  You are not allowed to wear jeans down the main street in Anniston.

Rookie Read about
by Holli Leber

I am Rosa Parks
by Rosa Parks with Jim Haskins

Y is for Yellowhammer
by Carol Crane

Life on a Plantation
by Bobbie Kalman

If a Bus could Talk
by Faith Ringgold

A Picture Book of Helen Keller
by David Adler

For this state, we did a coloring sheet for Rosa Parks.
Black History Month Second Grade People History Worksheets: Rosa Parks Coloring Page
And, made peanut butter pie!

Monday, February 16, 2015


Our next installment into our Answers in Genesis Our Universe series brings us to the sun.

We added this book to our core texts

The Sunshine Makes the Seasons
byFranklyn Branley

Reflecting the sun using a pie pan, water, and a mirror.


Thursday, February 12, 2015

Presidents Study: Rutherford B. Hayes books and crafts

Rutherford B Hayes
by BreAnn Rumsch

Rutherford B Hayes
by Mike Venzia

Rutherford B Hayes started the Easter Egg Roll.  He also had the telephone installed in the White House.

Practicing rolling eggs!