Friday, September 5, 2014

All Those Secrets of the World

Our next row was All Those Secrets of the World by Jane Yolen, a story set on Chesapeake Bay about a four-year-old girl whose father goes off to war.  During his absence, she learns a secret of the world which helps her understand this time apart from him.  It was a sweet read, but opened up discussion of some hard things that were new to Maggie -- war, lengthy separations, etc.
To become better familiar with Virginia, where the story takes place, we looked through Virginia by Karen Sirvaitis.
(In that book, we noted this picture of a warship made in Newport News, just like the warship in All Those Secrets of the World.)
We also looked through From Sea to Shining Sea: Virginia by Dennis Brindell Fradin ...
... and O is for Dominion: A Virginia Alphabet by Pamela Duncan Edwards.
After our reading, we colored our story disk for this book ...
... and placed it over Chesapeake Bay.
Then, it was time to talk a bit more about war, particularly World War II.  We used the map out of our Usborne The Story of The Second World War by Paul Dowswell to better understand the vastness of this event.
Here is a picture of that map, along with a picture on a button of Maggie's great-grandfather who fought on D-Day in Normandy.
We then used this Usborne Sticker Dressing: Second World War sticker book to add uniforms to US soldiers that would have fought during that time.  (I love these different sticker books Usborne offers!)
Our US servicemen (from the US Army, US Marine Corps, and US Navy, from left to right), dressed in their dress uniforms from the WW2 era.
Here is the army serviceman.  Note the drab green in his hat and clothes.
It is the very same uniform that the narrator's father wore in the illustrations in this book!
Later, for dinner that night, in honor of Chesapeake Bay, we made the clam chowder and crab cakes recipes out of The Five in a Row Cookbook (page 76).
A Chesapeake Bay dinner!
The next day, we talked about the art of this book.  We noted that the medium used for this book was watercolor.  Then, we set out to make our own watercolor picture of the US flag, like the one made at  (I always check out Kristina's blog when planning my FIAR studies.  She does a great job!) 
We decided it'd be fun to add star stickers to our flag, though it seems we forgot a few!  Looks great, Mags! 
After our watercoloring, we talked perspective, as that was a major theme in this book.  I got a great idea for helping her understand the concept of perspective at  Here, Maggie is measuring the dog waste receptacle from afar.  It measured in at two inches!
 But, when she got up close, it was much larger!
 Then, I told her to turn around and put her hand out so I could take a picture of her.  It was after the picture was taken that I showed her it appears she was holding this tree!  (She loved that!)
 Then, she wanted to be measured.  From afar, she seemed to be a little over half an inch.
But, in actuality, she measures at quite a bit more than half an inch!  Fun!  :)
We moved on to talk about the tuba, as it was an instrument named in this book.  We read Musical Instruments: Brass by Wendy Lynch ...
... then watched these two videos of tuba players!
After that?  It was time for a treat -- chocolate ice cream cones with chocolate jimmies, just like in the book!
It was then time for science.  We talked a lot about Chesapeake Bay and the animals there with the help of  Then, we discussed oil spills, as All Those Secrets of the World mentioned the oil in the water of Chesapeake Bay at that time, probably from the many large ships docked there.  To get familiar with oil spills, we read Oil Spill! by Melvin Berger ...
... then watched this YouTube video about the same.
Next, we set out to simulate our own oil spill.  Here are our critters that will be affected.
 They were placed in the clean, healthy water to swim happily.
Using vegetable oil and black food coloring, we made some oil for our water habitat.
 Next, we poured the greasy oil onto our critters.
 The oil spread fast!
 It was no time at all before our critters were covered in the muck.  The oil permeated everything and fast.
 I then showed her how oil is repelled from some dish liquid.
 So we used it and a toothbrush to clean and save our ill critters.
 All better and in a cleaner, healthier habitat again!
 She saved the wildlife from the awful oil spill!  Thumbs up!
Lastly, we talked about sycamore trees, also mentioned in the book, and did an image search to get familiar with them:

And "that was all she rowed!"  Ha!  Sorry ... I am such a cornball ...

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