All Finished with Tornado!

Our unit study on Tornado has officially been finished.   It is something I really WANT to like but just don’t.  It felt like a lot of “busy work” and Big Kid didn’t really enjoy it either.  The story was fine but it seemed like the review stuff was rather heavy for a 7 year old and there was a lot of rehashing the same stuff over and over again.  I thought it would help with reading comprehension, and it may, but I don’t think it is any more effective than answer questions about the books we read with Build Your Library which has much more awesome selections.

One of the things the unit study talked about, at the end of the book, was how stories have a problem, rising action, a climax, falling action, and then a resolution (pictured below).  I thought this was a good *idea* but in practice, with such a short simplistic book, it wasn’t a great example.  The other “big” thing they suggested be done for the end of the book was having the kid draw a different cover for the book, so I had BK do that.  The brown structure in the picture is the dog house with the dog inside of it.

We also did more Singapore and Life of Fred.  Singapore was more about measurements, this time weights, in both pounds and kilograms.

For history we read about Caesar and Cleopatra, though not a ton about them just yet.  We have foster kittens here since an neighbor found them and was ill-prepared to deal with kittens, and we needed names for them.  I figured, why not use current subject matter?  So now we have Caesar and Cleopatra the kittens.

I also had BK read a few library books about tornadoes, actual tornadoes, to tie in with the literature study.  He seemed to really enjoy them and learn quite a bit from them.  He seems to be rather science-minded which is awesome.

The other big thing to happen here is Little Kid started public school kindergarten on Tuesday.  So far she seems to like, though the second day of getting her on the bus was a challenge (I had to carry her up the steps!).  She says her favorite part of the day is going outside, which isn’t really surprising.  I am hoping she continues to do well though I do hope she decides she wants to homeschool for 1st grade.  I miss her terribly during the day and although he would never admit it, BK does too.

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