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State Studies Unit 1 :: Week 4 Mid-Atlantic

This is an outline of our State Studies Unit 1 :: Week 4 Mid-Atlantic States. It is the fourth week of a 9 week homeschool unit. Read the State Studies Unit 1 Overview to learn more about the program and catch up on past weeks.

If you are following along at home, please note that there will not be a posting next week. We will be taking our Spring Break. We will continue the unit the following week.


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Read about:
Pennsylvania, PA, Harrisburg
Maryland, MD, Annapolis
West Virginia, WV, Charleston*
in Our Fifty States and The United States of America.
*Southern State

Map: Add the 3 new states to your United States Study Map. We color Mid-Atlantic States dark blue and Southern States purple. They are colored coded on the quizzes. Number the states on the map to coincide with your state list (it gets too hard to fit all the state names directly on the map).

Color: Dover Coloring book page or State Information Page (coming soon) for each state. We like to add a couple of extra notes about the state in the margins. These are things that we learned about in our readings. Again we color Mid-Atlantic States dark blue and Southern States purple.

Community Enrichment Book: Boy of the Deeps

Community Life Book: Life in a Commercial City pages 1-17

Activity Page: It seems like these are popular. I will try to keep up with them and continue making them. This week it ties in with Boy of the Deeps is about Children at Work.

Read Aloud: Bud, Not Buddy chapters 1-4

Student Reader (3-4 grade): Lost Star by Patricia Lauber chapters 1-5

Narration: Complete a narration on either Boy of the Deeps or your student's daily reading from Lost Star. You can use the Reading Journal or any of the other free Journal Page that you would like. If you need help with learning how to incorporate narrations into your studies, I recommend the book The Complete Writer: Writing With Ease. The Reading Journal includes space for your student to choose several words from his reading that were unfamiliar to him to use as vocabulary words.

Copywork: Use sentences from Boy of the Deeps or the Bud, Not Buddy for copywork.

Art Project: Barn Star Designs/Hex Signs (directions coming soon)

Cooking: Make the recipe from The United States Cookbook: Pennsylvania Soft Dough Pretzels NOTE: We used kosher salt as our topping in place of the sesame seeds.

Picture Study: Choose 1 image from Come Look With Me: Art in Early America to study this week (we chose The Family Record).

Poem for Memorization: You will have four weeks to memorize "The Sandpiper" by Witter Bynner. Try to learn one stanza per week.

State Quarters: Another fun activity to add to this unit is collecting Quarters from all 50 states. You can display them in a quarter map.

Quiz: Study the 3 states and capitals you have learned throughout the week. Your student should be able to identify each state on the map, along with its capital and postal abbreviation. You can use your map or flashcards to study.
Week 4 Map Quiz

If you are following along with us and completing the State Studies activities at home we would love to hear about your adventures. You can leave a comment here with a link to your blog. If you don't have a blog or just want to share more photos we would like invite you to join our Wee Folk Art Homeschool Flickr group. Have fun!
 

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State Studies Unit 1 :: Week 3 Mid-Atlantic

This is an outline of our State Studies Unit 1 :: Week 3 Mid-Atlantic States. It is the third week of a 9 week homeschool unit. Read the State Studies Unit 1 Overview to learn more about the program and catch up on past weeks.


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Read about:
New York, NY, Albany
Delaware, DE, Dover
New Jersey, NJ, Trenton
in Our Fifty States and The United States of America.

Map: Add the 3 new states to your United States Study Map. We color Mid-Atlantic States dark blue. They are colored coded on the quizzes. Number the states on the map to coincide with your state list (it gets too hard to fit all the state names directly on the map).

Color: Dover Coloring book page or State Information Page (coming soon) for each state. We like to add a couple of extra notes about the state in the margins. These are things that we learned about in our readings. Again we color Mid-Atlantic States dark blue.

Community Enrichment Book: Queen of the Falls

Community Life Book: Life in a Fishing Community pages 24-end

Activity Page: I have made these for the first few weeks of the unit but I'm not sure if I will continue them making. Let me know if you like them. I've used these to go along with the Community Enrichment Books. This week it is about Niagara Falls.

Read Aloud: From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankeweiler chapters 7-10

Student Reader (3-4 grade): Windcatcher chapters 16-end

Narration: Complete a narration on either Queen of the Falls or your student's daily reading from Windcatcher. You can use the Reading Journal or any of the other free Journal Page that you would like. If you need help with learning how to incorporate narrations into your studies, I recommend the book The Complete Writer: Writing With Ease. The Reading Journal includes space for your student to choose several words from his reading that were unfamiliar to him to use as vocabulary words.

Copywork: Use sentences from Queen of the Falls or the Mixed-Up Files for copywork.

Art Project: Faux Salt Glazed Pottery (directions coming soon)

Cooking: Make the recipe from The United States Cookbook: New York Waldorf Salad

Picture Study: Choose 1 image from Come Look With Me: Art in Early America to study this week (we chose Painted Kas).

Poem for Memorization: You will have four weeks to memorize "The Sandpiper" by Witter Bynner. Try to learn one stanza per week.

State Quarters: Another fun activity to add to this unit is collecting Quarters from all 50 states. You can display them in a quarter map.

Quiz: Study the 3 states and capitals you have learned throughout the week. Your student should be able to identify each state on the map, along with its capital and postal abbreviation. You can use your map or flashcards to study.
Week 3 Map Quiz

If you are following along with us and completing the State Studies activities at home we would love to hear about your adventures. You can leave a comment here with a link to your blog. If you don't have a blog or just want to share more photos we would like invite you to join our Wee Folk Art Homeschool Flickr group. Have fun!
 

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Photos MB 2/28/14-3/15/14

 

Painting Cork Buoys

This is a relatively easy project to complete with your kids. While reading Going Lobstering, my girls made sort of a game out of finding the right buoy in the pictures. The idea that every fisherman paints his buoys will a special pattern was fascinating to them and they really enjoyed looking at pictures of buoys online. So I decided that we would make our own "buoys."

For this project you will need:
Old Corks (4-6 per person completing the project)

We bought a bag of recycled corks.

Acrylic Paint
Paint Brushes
Optional: White Primer Paint

Thumbtacks
Magnet
String

First use our Buoy Activity Page to design your own Buoy. Remember that you need to keep the pattern simple, easy to recognize, and easy to paint. You can only use 2-3 colors in your design.

Choose 4-6 corks of a similar size and shape.

Prime your corks if you want full coverage, otherwise some of the labels will show through. We did not have primer in the house and skipped this step.

Paint your pattern on all of your corks. Yes, they ALL have to be the same. This was hard for my youngest to follow. She wanted to make a bunch of different corks but the idea is to have one design that is uniquely yours. Be sure to let each color dry before adding another.

When dry, you have your own set of buoys that will in fact float.

Some children may enjoy playing games with their finished buoys. To play a fishing game, you will want several different sets of buoys. Place a thumbtack in one end of each cork. Tie a magnet to a string. Place all the buoys in a large bowl/tray of water. Fish for your own buoys.

 

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Photos MB 2/28/14

 

State Studies Unit 1 :: Week 2 New England

This is an outline of our State Studies Unit 1 :: Week 2 New England States. It is the second week of a 9 week homeschool unit. Read the State Studies Unit Overview to learn more about the program and catch up on past weeks.


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Read about:
Massachusetts, MA, Boston
Rhode Island, RI, Providence
Connecticut, CT, Hartford
in Our Fifty States and The United States of America.

Map: Add the 3 new states to your United States Study Map. We color New England States light blue. They are colored coded on the quizzes. Number the states on the map to coincide with your state list (it gets too hard to fit all the state names directly on the map).

Color: Dover Coloring book page or State Information Page (coming soon) for each state. We like to add a couple of extra notes about the state in the margins. These are things that we learned about in our readings. Again we color New England States light blue.

Community Enrichment Book: Going Lobstering

Community Life Book: Life in a Fishing Community pages 12-23

Activity Page: I have made these for the first few weeks of the unit but I'm not sure if I will continue them making. Let me know if you like them. I've used these to go along with the Community Enrichment Books. This week it is about lobster buoys.

Read Aloud: From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankeweiler chapters 4-6

Student Reader (3-4 grade): Windcatcher chapters 8-15

Narration: Complete a narration on either Going Lobstering or your student's daily reading from Windcatcher. You can use the Reading Journal or any of the other free Journal Page that you would like. If you need help with learning how to incorporate narrations into your studies, I recommend the book The Complete Writer: Writing With Ease. The Reading Journal includes space for your student to choose several words from his reading that were unfamiliar to him to use as vocabulary words.

Copywork: Use sentences from Going Lobstering or the Mixed-Up Files for copywork.

Art Project: Painting Cork Buoys

Cooking: Make the recipe from The United States Cookbook: Boston Baked Beans

Picture Study: Choose 1 image from Come Look With Me: Art in Early America to study this week (we choose Capture of H.R.M. Frigate).

Poem for Memorization: You will have four weeks to memorize "The Sandpiper" by Witter Bynner. Try to learn one stanza per week.

State Quarters: Another fun activity to add to this unit is collecting Quarters from all 50 states. You can display them in a quarter map.

Quiz: Study the 3 states and capitals you have learned throughout the week. Your student should be able to identify each state on the map, along with its capital and postal abbreviation. You can use your map or flashcards to study.
Week 2 Map Quiz

If you are following along with us and completing the State Studies activities at home we would love to hear about your adventures. You can leave a comment here with a link to your blog. If you don't have a blog or just want to share more photos we would like invite you to join our Wee Folk Art Homeschool Flickr group. Have fun!
 

Copyright © Wee Folk Art, LLC 2008-2014. All rights reserved. Please do not reproduce our text, images or patterns without prior written consent. Please contact us with any questions.

Photos MB 2/28-14-3/10-14

 

Mixed Media Sailboats

While learning about the New England states, we completed this fun mixed-media sailboat painting. It combines one of our favorite activities, wet on wet watercolor painting, with recycling easily found papers. I love how playful and whimsical the finished paintings turned out. Enjoy!

Materials:
11" x 15" 140lb watercolor paper (27.9 cm x 38.1cm 300g)
watercolor paints
brown paper bag
newspaper
paint brushes
glue sticks
painter's tape
water :)
optional - pattern which you can download HERE

Begin by taping your paper to your waterproof work surface. I used 1" painter's tape. I lined the tape up with the edge of the paper so it was only tape to the table at the corners. Rub your fingers over the tape to make sure it makes a good bond. You do not want paint seeping under the tape.

We used a wet on wet watercoloring technique. Begin by using a wide brush and getting your whole page wet.

Pick a blue, and water down the color. Using your wide brush, sweep on blue in long horizontal strokes. Make sure the brush is wet enough so the paint bleeds on the paper. Leave some white edges, especially in the top half which will be the sky.

Using an assortment of blues and greens, use wet sweeping horizontal strokes to make the sea. This should be about the bottom half of the paper.

Using an old brown paper bag, cut out 5 boats. These should be in varying sizes. Larger boats will be placed in the front of the painting, with smaller boats will be up closer to the horizon. (Explain the concept of "prospective" to children, and how things that are closer to us appear larger.) Everyone except 7 year old Pixie was able to free form cut boats. She was struggling so I drew boat shapes for her and she cut them out. I've included a pattern page which can be found HERE if you'd like some help with shapes :)

Next, cut out sails with sizes in proportion to the boats. Again, everyone but Pixie did this free hand, but you may wish to use the pattern.

Match the appropriate boats and sails and paint. Paint. Allow to dry. Try to keep them flat, but it they do roll, you can straighten them out when you glue them to the paper.

Position the boats and sails on your watercolored seascape.

Feel free to trim any boats or sails to get them to fit or for proper sizing. When ready, glue them to the watercolor paper using a glue stick.

Using a thin brush at detail to the painting including masts and birds with black and waves with blue.  Point out that the larger birds are closer.

Remove tape and hang you paintings!

We invite you to add photos of your kids' completed Mixed-Media Sailboat Paintings to our Wee Folk Art Kids :: Arts & Crafts Flickr group.

 


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Photos: 2-24-14, 2-25-14

 

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