Friday, June 27, 2014

Started: First Grade History

Rose and I are working on week 3 of Bookshark K. The history spine for this level is Living Long Ago. I think it is going to be a great first introduction to history for us.  The text is brief and very age-appropriate and the book is filled with colorful illustrations and lots of hands-on ideas. Here, we read about first clothes. I still need to get her some corks to make the mammoth tusk necklace....

 Lately, we have been reading about the first people, particularly cave people and the first farmers. And we have done just about every project we have come across in the book.

Unfortunately, I have not remembered to take photos of each project, but I am trying to be better about that! For one project her siblings helped her build a little shelter in the woods with fallen branches. For another, she made a version of an early boat using pipe cleaners and a plastic bag. And most recently, she tried making dyes out of natural materials.

We found a lovely assortment of flowers around the yard. They looked really pretty and she was sure they would mash up just as pretty...

 I let her use a mortar and pestle for this, which was great fun....

But unfortunately, the resulting "mash" just didn't dye fabric very well. I told her we will try again with berries once ours start coming in. I am really looking forward to this first year of history with my baby!

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