Friday, May 3, 2013

Pet Projects: Smiling Wolves Reading Books Inspire Yet Flummox Me

Stanley and I hope you have had a wonderful week and that your weekend ahead is happy and fun.

Our Week in Review:
Thank you for reading and sharing,

Katrina von Cat the Master of Wisdom and Knowledge

The Glorious Flight: The Joy of Discovering an Old Lapbook

In the midst of a massive spring cleaning project, I rediscovered a small stash of lapbooks. 

These are lovely lapbooks that Neighbor Girl and I created together when she was younger. Ahhh, back in the days when I apparently had a tremendous amount of time on my hands. 

Five in a Row made a huge impact in our early homeschooling days. We enjoyed the books selected in the program and loved the activities associated with them. The Caldecott winner, The Glorious Flight by Alice and Martin Provensen became one of our favorites. 

This lovely picture book shares the story of Louis Bleriot. His tremendous persistence in creating an airplane that will cross the English Channel, is told in an amusing way.

Rather than doing a formal book review, I will share a selection of pages from our lapbook from The Glorious Flight. It is difficult to believe that we made this five years ago. Time sure flies.  

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Title: The Glorious Flight
Across the Channel with Louise Bleriot
Written & Illustrated by: Alice and Martin Provensen
First Published in 1983 by Viking Penguin Inc.
Awards: The Caldecott Medal (1984)
Themes/Topics: Airplane History, Inventions, Geography (France, English Channel), Persistence
Opening: "It all began one morning." 

The Glorious Flight Lapbook

The cover of our lapbook contains our alternative title ideas.

          • Chitty, Chitty, Bang, Bang Flight
          • Good Flying, Bad Landings
          • Making it Across the Channel
          • All of Papa Bleriot's Planes
          • The Bunny Rabbit Flight

Since this was Neighbor Girl's lapbook, I had her sign and date the inside cover. 
Gotta love it.

A picture of a channel.

This book introduced Roman Numerals in the names of Papa Bleriot's planes.

We discussed different ways to travel. My favorite: "On a Dinosaur."

A fun way to introduce onomatopoeia: allow your child to come up with their own word-sounds. 
She had so much fun finishing these sentences.

For descriptive writing, I cut out pictures for her to describe to me.

I highly recommend Five in a Row (FIAR) for an early year unit study curriculum. You may use as much or as little of the activities as you wish - which is right up my alley. I honestly, do not think we would have enjoyed most of the books that we studied using FIAR nearly as much as we did with all of the supporting activities listed in Five in a Row. Don't get me wrong, they are all fantastic books but when you read a book and do a week's worth of activities with that book - it becomes an experience rather than just a good book. Being five years on the other side of this, we both still remember the books well and I only wish that my stash of lapbooks was a much larger pile. 

On another note, Stanley and Katrina are thrilled to be a part of JeanzBookReadNReview's Middle Grade Giveaway (over).   

Of course, stay tuned for Stanley and Katrina's exciting giveaway for this month - below is a sneak peek picture! Please note: The giveaway is over. Click here to view a picture of the winner's Skype session.

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Disclosure: I purchased the Glorious Flight years ago at a used book sale and FIAR was purchased for use in our homeschool. I received no monetary or in-kind compensation for my honest review of either books.

Hi! I am a homeschooling mother to one precocious tween daughter. Most of my reading consists of preparatory reading for upcoming history, math, science, geography, literature, (you get the idea) lessons. However, sometimes I am lucky enough to fit in a book just for fun and will review these "fun" books for my dear friends, Stanley and Katrina von Cat the Master of Wisdom and Knowledge. You may call me Neighbor Girl's Mom or Cool Mom. 

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Visiting the Zoo

Stanley and I surprised Neighbor Girl & Cool Mom, today, by sneaking on their trip to the Philadelphia Zoo. It was a gorgeous day to be out and about. 

We had a lovely time and hope that you had a great day, too! 

Thank you for reading and sharing,

Katrina von Cat the Master of Wisdom and Knowledge