Monday, May 16, 2011

Grandfathers's Journey

Now to catch up on that last book of the week that we did way back in March. This week's choice was Grandfather's Journey by Allen Say. Zoey and I both really enjoyed this book. It is a story about a Japanese man who comes to America in the early 1900's and falls in love with the country but misses his home country. Throughout his life he goes back and forth between the countries. The story is written with few words but tells an immense story.

We started as usual with the story disks. We put one in Japan and one in California. We talked about how the main character liked and disliked different things about each place he visited. Then we tried to talk about our likes and dislikes of different places but let's just say that was a short conversation. We reviewed different things about Japanese culture. We had learned about these when our book of the week was A Pair of Red Clogs. I always say I never know what will stick with Zoey. Well, one of the new Japanese culture things we looked at this week was fans with Japanese artwork. Since then Zoey notices them everywhere. Funny how that works.

For language arts we discussed poetic prose, imagery, and similis. I don't know if she understood much of it or not. For art we discussed the formal style of each of the pictures in the book almost as if they were photos. Then we discussed the reflections and shadows used in the artwork. We used a flashlight to see how things can be light on one side and dark on the other. I tried showing Zoey how to draw shadows and she just wasn't getting it. No big deal but she wanted to understand what I was trying to tell her. All of a sudden she says, "Oh, I get it now!" It was so funny. The next day we worked with watercolor pencils. These are awesome! Zoey and I both loved working with the.

There were so many art lessons with this book I didn't want to miss any so we also explored origami. I ended up doing all of the folding but it was cool. The next week when Zoey went to the Monday afternoon library class for school-aged children they made origami! Perfect timing.

For applied math we counted how many days in a week, weeks in a month, and months in a year. We also counted some things in the book. I have science scheduled on Friday and because of Gymnastics we keep missing it or catching it in the following weeks. We looked at books with beautiful pictures of American landscapes and also learned a bit more about birds.  Little did I know we were about to learn about birds up close and personal. To be continued with my summary of the Spring Download N Go. Hopefully coming soon.