Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Five in a Row Wee Gillis

Wee Gillis
For 2 weeks we rowed Wee Gillis. There was so much to learn from this book. I don't have that many pictures from this book but here is what we did for the 2 weeks:

  • She learned all about Scotland. She learned how their countries animal is the mystical unicorn. She learned about the Loch Ness Monster, We did a mini lap booking in our binder all about Scotland. 
  • She woke up most mornings to have oatmeal for breakfast like Wee Gillis did.
  • We watched the movie Wee Gillis, I got a copy of it from the library.
  • She watched youtube videos on Scotland, kilts, fighting Scots style of the past, how to make a kilt, Scotland's castles, Loch Ness Monster, Sheep, long hair cows and so many other things of Scotland.
  • She designed her own family plaid
  • did a mini lap book on dears, sheep and cows
  • Compared the lowlanders and  highlanders what makes them different and what makes them the same.
  • Discussed family names since Wee Gillis name is so long that they nicknamed him Wee Gillis. If Samantha used her family names for her name this is what it would be Samantha Abbie Blais Baptista Demeres Mathias and that is only going back to the grandparents names.
  • Did her own artwork and we made a copy of it in black and white to show the difference it makes in what stands out. The book is in black and white.
  • Talked about the poem My Heart's In The Highlands. She recited it to her father.  She also wrote it in cursive.
  • We talked about fog as Scotland has lots of fog and lucky for us a few of the days it was very foggy in the morning.  She said she wouldn't want to live where there is fog a lot of the time. 
  • We cooked a traditional Scottish broth.  Next time I will make it with beef not lamb.  We all didn't like the lamb part but enjoyed the broth.
  • Se had a snack of Scottish shortbread cookies.
  • I brought out a bag I had knitted with wool and then felted for her to feel as we learned about sheep.
  • She also enjoyed learning some Scottish words and their meaning. 
  • She was excited to realize one of the songs she was learning in the children's choir is a Scottish folk song.  
 We really did enjoy this row.  There was more that we did but these are the highlights.

Here are the educational books we used to learn all about Scotland, sheep and deers.

Fun books we read along with Wee Gillis

 Here is Samantha's Loch Ness Monster she actually made this for 2 subjects.  For Wee Gillis and learning all about the Loch Ness monster and for our states study. I taught that week about Vermont and much to our surprise Vermont has their own version of Loch Ness Monster. 

 Here she is helping me prepare the ingredients for our Scottish broth. She looks happy here because I didn't tell her yet that we were putting lamb in it. 

Her title page for our FIAR binder. She used some of the art techniques she learned... Crosshatching to show the cheeks and using black and white to make the main parts stand out.  

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