Our latest Five in a Row book with the boys was When I Was Young In The Mountains.
(Please note: this post contains lessons from the FIAR manual AND activities that were added by me.)
When I Was Young In The Mountains by Cynthia Rylant is along the same theme as our last row, Daniel’s Duck. As with Daniel’s Duck, this one also takes place in the Appalachian Mountains. It is a woman reminiscing about her childhood growing up in the mountains. It is a very sweet book about the daily life of a simple country family. The boys and I really enjoyed this book.
We used a lot of the same books we had used for Daniel’s Duck about the Appalachian Mountains and about mountain life in general. We placed our story disk on West Virginia on the USA map. We learned about what a General Store was and how stores have changed since then. We also learned about Traveling Photographers and other occupations mentioned in the book like Storekeepers, Preachers, Coal Miners and Farmers. We talked about how things have changed since the time period of the book, just in daily life as well as our homes and belongings.
For Science, we learned all about snakes. In the book, the Grandma kills a snake she found in the garden and the kids have a photo taken by a Traveling Photographer of them with the snake. We used some books we already had to learn more about snakes and then we made a snake using a popcicle stick. It was a craft I had found on Pinterest. It was simple and very fun. Hulk had to make one for each member of our family!
We had a lot of fun with this book. Appalachian Mountain books are especially dear to me because my grandparents grew up in the mountains in Tennessee and so it always makes me think of them.
We’re moving on to our next book, The Salamander Room!
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