Grapevine and Olive Shoots

growing in grace and knowledge.

The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge.

on July 29, 2014

Our first “row” of the year was the wonderful (true) story of “The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge.”  This book made me wish for the first time in 7 years that I still lived in CT (within driving/train distance to NYC); it would have made an awesome field trip with which we could have combined a visit to the Cloisters, my absolute favorite museum ever…but I digress.

The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge.

Let me pause for a moment and address a common concern regarding Five In A Row.  I worried that Peanut might get bored reading the same book every day for a week (sometimes even two!) but this is the same girl who has been obsessed with Frozen for 7 MONTHS, and who likes to hear the same fairy tales at bedtime repeatedly.  We both really enjoyed re-reading this book as we dug into different facets of the story.  Here are some glimpses of what we learned:

Bible: You are the light of the world. (Matthew 5:14)

This was our memory verse for the week, and along with singing “This Little Light of Mine,” we discussed what it means to shine and reflect God’s light to those around us.  We also talked about the symbolism of God as our lighthouse, providing safe passage and steering us away from rocky shores.



Character/Social Studies: Pride and Humility

We learned about the difference between good pride (in a job well done; e.g. Peanut’s family contributions, aka chores) and bad pride (thinking you are smarter or better than someone else; e.g. bragging about one’s Elsa dress/doll to a friend over for a play date), and how the little red lighthouse experienced feeling both superior and inferior, but ended up feeling right-sized in the end.  I also introduced the character trait of humility as the antidote to pride and we read some examples in the Bible.

Language Arts: Compound Words

We did some rebus puzzles, practiced handwriting, found all the compound words in the book, and she came up with some of her own and included illustrations (I love the flip-flops!).


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Fine Art: Shapes and Sizes

She used many different kinds of shapes to assemble a lighthouse:



We also examined how the illustrator used a juxtaposition of large and small objects to emphasize parts of the story.  She was challenged with painting a picture using this idea (I suggested two different animals) but she likes to play it safe and tried to copy one of the illustrations instead.  Of course I can’t find the photo but trust me, it was pretty similar. 🙂

Math: Life of Fred, Lesson 1

I seriously love this way of learning math and wish it had been around when I was in school.  Peanut was engaged from the get-go with the story of Fred and Kingie, and we repeated Lesson 1 for a few days during the week, using slightly different number combinations in the problems at the end of the chapter.  She was very concerned with using the proper punctuation and checking off each problem as she solved it correctly.



Science: How Lighthouses Work

Lots of great lighthouse books from the library, both fiction and non-fiction.  Emphasis on their function and the different kinds of lights and sounds through the ages.  And since we live on the Seacoast, we got to see three great examples: the Whaleback Light, the Portsmouth Harbor Light, and the Wood Island Life Saving Station.

Cooking: Lighthouse Snack

Okay, this one was kind of a reach…but Pinterest yielded a cute idea for making a lighthouse snack, which I tweaked a little to replace fruit roll-ups with real fruit.  The best part was that this included all of Peanut’s favorite foods: ice cream cones, strawberries, Nutella, marshmallows and Annie’s fruit snacks!  And voila, the icing on the cake of our first row:

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