The end is so close we can taste it! This week Ian finished up Level B of Spelling You See, so he gets to take a break until we start second grade in July. Since he completed the first grade work in Mathletics
already, I let him choose what he wanted to do for math each day, and he alternated between Mathletics and GPALOVEMATH
. He’ll work on 2nd grade lessons in both of those until I settle on what we’ll officially use next year. The bulk of our week, however, was spent on the Knights and Nobles
unit study from Homeschool Legacy.
“Knights and Nobles” Week 3: Knights
This week our focus was on knights, a subject that has long interested Ian. He enjoyed everything we did this week as part of the unit study.
We already have so many books about knights, I didn’t bother trying to hunt down most of the free reads suggested in Knights and Nobles at the library.
The favorite book for both boys was Imagine You’re a Knight by Phillip Steele. It has several projects included, such as constructing a knight’s helmet, and knight and horse paper dolls. Ian had already completed the projects when Grandma first brought the book home from England last year, but there are little pockets to keep them in, so both he and Elijah enjoyed getting them out again and playing with them. The book also is packed with information and fascinating illustrations.
Other picture books we read this week were Young Lancelot
by Robert D. San Souci and The Making of a Knight
by Patrick O’Brien. Our chapter book was The Sword in the Tree
by Clyde Robert Bulla. Ian and I took two weeks to read through it together, and we both really enjoyed the story. I was unfamiliar with Bulla until I saw his books suggested on the Ambleside Online
site as beginning chapter books. While this book was easy enough for Ian to read, it was so well written that it didn’t feel awkward for me to read aloud (as I’ve noticed with other easy chapter books). It was such a good story, Ian wanted to read more after we finished, so I encouraged him to start another book on his own. (I put several of Bulla’s books on his Kindle.)
For a fun taste of the medieval period we watched Disney’s The Prince and the Pauper
, and then later in the week we watched the rest of the episodes that are listed with it on Netflix
, Old King Cole
, A Knight for a Day
, and Ye Olden Days
). We also watched The Sword in the Stone
now that we’d finished reading some Arthur stories.
At some point in the past I had bought a Knights Sticker Pack, so we pulled those out and the boys had fun creating sticker scenes (there were two sets in the pack). Arianna had already used up one set of the similar Princess Sticker Pack, but thankfully we still had one more so she had some sticker fun as well. It was a fun way to include the younger ones in our study.
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