Tuesday, January 22, 2013

FIAR:Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel

This is our third week of "rowing" with Five in a Row. We are absolutely loving it! It is so much fun!

This week, we are "rowing" Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel. Yesterday, we watched a short video on steam shovels, after reading the book. Today, I made the kids each a sensory bin with various dried beans and some construction trucks we had in our car bin.
I had them play with that while I read the book. I find that if I keep their hands busy, they listen a little better to the story.

After we finished the book and played for a bit in the sensory bins, we did an art activity with squares. I had some sticky backed foam that I cut into various sizes of squares (Since Mike Mulligan had to dig a cellar for the Town Hall "nice and square.") They had so much fun doing this. They each made their own version of the "Town Hall."
When they were finished, we read through the book, All Sorts of Shapes. We spent some time talking about all the different shapes and finding them in the room around us.

As I said before, we are really enjoying this curriculum. I encourage you to look into it. I don't get anything from the company for telling you about it. I research things to death before I make a decision, especially when it comes to my children's education, so I like to share my opinion on products for others to read.


Alecia Jackson said...

What ages are you doing FIAR with? I have been looking into it....we are doing K and Pre-K:-)

Laura~PeaceofthePrairies said...

Right now, my kids are 2 and 4. They will be turning 3 and 5 in the next few months, so it will be about pre-k and K.

Alecia Jackson said...

So do you use the FIAR or the before FIAR. I think there is one for that at least.

Laura H. said...

I use FIAR. Right now I'm working through Volume 1.