I finally get to talk about a book that Popstar just got done rowing! She has been asking me forever when I’m getting to one of her books. She is finishing up 6th grade right now and she is coming to the end of the Volume 4 FIAR books and just finished Arabella. Her books have taken longer because there are more lessons to go with them as they are geared for older kids. This book had alot of fun things to learn about and we really enjoyed working on it.
(Please note: this post contains lessons from the FIAR manual AND activities that were added by me.)
Arabella by Wendy Orr & Kim Gamble is a sweet story about a boy named Matthew and his grandfather. Matthew comes to spend a summer with his grandfather who lives on an island. Matthew admires all the beautiful things his grandpa has in his little cottage, especially The Arabella, which is a model ship that his great-grandfather had made. One night a storm comes and this model ship ends up being blown out the cottage window and into the sea. Matthew decides to take grandpa’s boat and go look for the model ship, all on his own. It isn’t easy, but he ends up getting it and we find out that Matthew is actually a handicap boy who uses a wheelchair and so it makes it that much more inspiring.
There was so much to explore with this book: islands, ocean, sea animals, sailing, ships, coral reefs, weather, and the list goes on. We started with placing our story disk on Australia. The story never tells where the setting is exactly, but it was published in Australia so we went with that.
We used a lot of library books to learn about islands, ships and coral reefs.
Popstar also read the book Nim’s Island, which is by the same author, Wendy Orr. She enjoyed reading the book and was excited to watch the movies after she finished the book.
To finish the study, we made a salt dough island. It was a lot of fun and I think it turned out good!
This really was a fun study, I always enjoy ocean studies a lot. Please feel free to comment, I’d love to hear from you!
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