With all of our artist studies, it's been a while since we rowed, but last week, we picked it up again with a study of Mr. Gumpy's Motor Car by John Burningham. Amazon's synopsis of it reads, "When Mr. Gumpy decides to go for a ride in his bright-red car, everyone wants to come along -- a rabbit, a cat, a dog, a sheep, chickens, a calf, a goat, and a boy and girl. 'All right,' says Mr. Gumpy. 'But it will be a squash.' So they all squash in and, for a while, chug along happily. Then it starts to rain, and the car becomes stuck in the mud. Who will help Mr. Gumpy push the car out? 'Not me,' says each passenger. In the end, however, they all have to help, and a wonderful time is had by all."
This story takes place in England, so we placed our story disk on our world map in the general vicinity of England, since it has long since been covered up by other story disks! How we love FIAR!
What better way to celebrate a study of London than to have a tea time? We decided to make a cake for our tea time, which Maggie is preparing here.
As we perused Burningham's artwork in the book, we noticed the concentric circles he made to illustrate the rays of the sun. This is not typically how the sun's rays are depicted so I challenged Maggie to illustrate this, too.
We also noticed how Burningham illustrated the action of the stuck tires in the mud with this splatter effect. I then challenged Mags to illustrate the same effect, with a different picture.
For our mathematics focus of this book, we used a word problem to figure out how many legs were in Mr. Gumpy's motor car. There were twelve characters, but some of them had a different number of legs each than the others. We used the printable found at http://www.homeschoolshare.com/mr_gumpys_outing.php to answer the question.
It was time for our focus to shift to the science concepts in this book. Mr. Gumpy and his passengers were caught in a storm, which gave us the opportunity to do a study on the water cycle and clouds. We used our Usborne See Inside: Weather and Climate flap book to help us.
After our reading, we watched the "Sid's Rainy Play Date" episode of our Sid the Science Kid: Weather Kid Sid DVD.
(The same can be found on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_paSDHDuXAg.)
We followed that with another video, "The Magic School Bus Kicks Up a Storm," also on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jF48Usa3jUk).
Once we had our reading and the videos under our belts, we headed outside to spot and identify some clouds!
Here, Mags is using her weather window to name the clouds.
Next, we set out to complete a really neat activity we found at http://iheartcraftythings.com/preschool-cotton-ball-clouds-activity.html, using cotton balls and paint to create the different cloud shapes on paper. I labeled the paper and challenged her to create the shapes with the cotton.