Fridays this year are going to be a “break from the regularly scheduled program”. After a few light language activities and a round of fun math, we’ll spend the rest of the day doing one of three things.
1. Two Fridays out of the month we’ll take a quick trip around the world to another country. If you’re a Five In a Rower, you’ll appreciate the book I’m using for our “trips”. It’s called Read Around The World With 20 Great Picture & Chapter Books. Each country is introduced using a children’s book, then there are maps and other activity suggestions to learn more about the country. I’m adding a non-fiction book and atlas study each time, too. We’ll do some sort of cooking project, art activity or other fun project to add to our worldly experience each time. After each visit, we’ll add a marker to the world map to show where we’ve been.
2. Another Friday each month will be devoted to an artist study. We’ll read books about the artist, study some of his or her art and try some of their techniques out ourselves. I’ll leave the info books and certain art supplies out for the month to use during free time. I’m sure I’ll be posting pictures of these each month.
3. The fourth Friday will be dedicated to a seasonal activity. Timely science experiments, crafts and other fun learning. I’m using a book called Science Projects for Holidays Throughout the Year to give me seasonal science lessons.
The biggest flaw in the Friday plan is this….I like to take field trips and Fridays tend to be perfect for field trips. At least my intentions are good, right? We’ll see what happens.
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