One of our more recent rows (and our second of three in our study of Italy) was The Clown of God by Tomie dePaola. It is a beautiful read! Amazon's synopsis of it reads, "In this retelling of the old French legend, a juggler offers to the Christ Child the only Christmas gift he has." Maggie and I were both so touched by this story. I even plan to read it to my Sunday School class this Christmas.
This story takes place in Sorrento, Italy, so after we colored our story disk, we placed it over Italy on our world map.
In our ongoing study of Italy, we completed a second page about the country out of our Maps To Color and Learn: Europe coloring book and set it aside for our Italy lapbook.
Next, we completed the pages about Italy out of our Understanding Text: Passports workbook.
http://homeschoolingmom2mags.blogspot.com/2015/10/the-duchess-bakes-cake.html), but we reviewed that time period in The Usborne Encyclopedia of World History (pages 284-287).
You just can't do rows based in Italy without food. We decided to do the two recipes for this book out of The Five in a Row Cookbook, "Minestrone Soup" and "Parmesan Bread."
Mags loved helping with the soup! Here she is, ready to drop the bay leaf in!
Our bread came out beautiful!
Giovanni was a juggler. We talked about juggling, then watched this fun video of some talented jugglers at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oPv2NuDTuYI.
As a child, Giovanni juggled produce. I challenged Maggie to have her hand at these cucumbers!
I challenged Maggie to illustrate three different types of trees on her paper, too.
Finally, we decided to make the "stained glass" cookies from the recipe at http://www.homeschoolshare.com/clown_of_god.php. We chose a star, a heart, and a flower for our cookies.