Tuesday, October 7, 2014


Our most recent FIAR row was Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans, a classic.  We have been reading this book (and its sequels) for years, but it was fun to delve into it in a different way.  Here is what we did ...
After we read the book, we watched the video for this story on YouTube.
Next, we started our study of the geography of this book -- Paris, France.  First, we colored and placed our story disk on our world map.
Once our story disk was placed, we completed the France map out of our Dover Around the World Coloring Book by Winky Adam.  (I love this book and photocopy out of it a lot.)
Great work, Mags!
Then, using the geography printables we found at http://www.homeschoolshare.com/madeline.php and http://www.homeschoolshare.com/country_france.php, we learned more about France's location and flag.  (These we set aside for a lapbook we decided to make on France.)
These printables are always so helpful!
After that, we did some reading on France.  We read A Visit to France by Kirsten Hall ...
 ... Countries of the World: France by Michael Dahl ...
 ... France ABCs: A Book About the People and Places of France by Sharon Katz Cooper ...
 ... Count Your Way through France by Jim Haskins ...
 ... Look What Came From France by Miles Harvey ...
... Cities of the World: Paris by R. Conrad Stein ...
 ... Great Cities of the World: Paris by Gill Stacey ...
 ... and The Inside-Outside Book of Paris by Roxie Munro.
After our reading, we watched this DVD, Countries Around the World: France, that we picked up at the library. 
We thought it would be fun to make the little paper Paris from 
http://madebyjoel.com/2011/08/paper-city-paris.html.  It was!  Here is Maggie with her paper Paris, donning my beret!
 For dinner, we made the quiche from The Five in a Row Cookbook (page 12).  It was wonderful.
  And for dessert, we made Madeleine cookies using the recipe we found at http://www.food.com/recipe/gourmet-madeleine-cookies-199205.  (I picked up this Madeleine pan for under $10 on Amazon.)
 They turned out so good!
 Here is Maggie, showing off her Parisian fare!
She is such a great kid!
 On Day 2, I made the fruit Eiffel Tower I saw at http://www.kiddiefoodies.com/dessert/eiffel-tower-welcome-to-paris, using raspberries, blueberries, and a banana.  So cute!
 It made this girl very happy!
For some fun Paris reading, we read our Anatole book again, by Eve Titus.  (You may remember we did a book club post on this book a while back.  Here is the link to that post: http://homeschoolingmom2mags.blogspot.com/2013/01/anatole.html.  Check it out!  It was great fun!)
(Here are a couple of pictures from that event.  This first one is our table setup for our book club.  I made the tablecloths look like the French flag over the length of the table and put out French delicacies.)
(We had a cheese tasting with many French cheeses, like Anatole.  It was a lot of fun!)
We also watched Rataouille, set in Paris, too.
On the second day of this row, we discussed the poetry and repetition in Madeline, as well as some new vocabulary words.  One of these words was "appendix," since Madeline had hers removed in the story.  To better understand the appendix, we looked in our Usborne See Inside Your Body book by Katie Daynes and Colin King.
Here is a picture from that book.  (You can see the appendix hanging from the large intestine.)
 We then completed this copy work writing page from http://www.homeschoolshare.com/madeline.php.
Once our writing was complete, it was time to focus on art, particularly, architecture, as Madeline is full of great examples of it!  We completed this great little accordion book we found at http://www.homeschoolshare.com/madeline.php, which focuses on some very famous buildings in France.
 Once closed, it was tied with a ribbon and would be later added to our lapbook.
After our accordion book was completed, we then put together the "Eiffel Tower Facts" pocket we found at http://www.homeschoolshare.com/country_france.php.
Here are the strips that go inside the pocket.
(We wrote the answers on the back.)
Next, we completed the postcard for Paris we found at http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/paris-eiffel-tower-postcard.  Once we filled in the lines (she wanted to address it to her friend, Olivia), we added a sticker to it that I had in my scrapbooking items that looks like a Parisian stamp.  Finally, we glued the postcard into our lapbook.
 Since we were on the topic of the Eiffel Tower, we thought we'd try our hand at the infamous sugar wafer Eiffel Tower that has been rolling around Pinterest.  I found a link for it at
http://ediblecrafts.craftgossip.com/eiffel-tower-cookie-sundae/2010/07/13/.  I had heard it was tough to make, so I didn't have high hopes, but I made it a cute little finishing flag anyway.
Here, Maggie is showing her approval that we got the bottom constructed.  (The truth is, we did and then it fell four times!)
We managed to finish it (though it was somewhat unsightly) and snap a picture before it fell the fifth time.  She was pleased, though, and enjoyed eating the rubble!
Later, we made a Madeline hat, with a yellow plastic plate and bowl, purple crepe paper, and a glue stick.
Once we glued the rim of the bowl upside down into the plate, we fashioned a bow out of our crepe paper and glued that down, too.
She was so proud of this!
We ended up cutting a hole in the bottom of the plate so it would sit on her head better.
We also talked about the symmetry the author used in his illustrations of Madeline.  Once we found some examples of this in the story, we read Seeing Symmetry by Loreen Leedy.
We then talked about staying healthy, as suggested in the FIAR manual.  We read The Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library’s Oh, the Things You Can Do That Are Good For
You! All About Staying Healthy by Tish Rabe.  (These books are great!)
After our reading was complete, we finished putting together our lapbook for France.  It turned out great!
 We are staying in Paris this week with our next row, Mirette on the High Wire.  See you then!


  1. So great! You got the wafer tower to work! I'm so jealous!! :-) I love the lap book.....another great row.

    (I'm still sad we are done with Madeline. I may need a revisit someday.)

    1. Don't be fooled! The wafer tower was standing for only 90 seconds after our fifth try! Haha! Thanks for your nice comments! :)

  2. This is all so great! I am getting ready to do Madeline with my little rower! I saved this page months ago and I am very excited to do some of these fun activities. Thank you!