Popstar finished the last chapter of Homer Price back in January for her Beyond Five in a Row for school.
(Please note: This post contains lessons from the Beyond Five in a Row Volume 1 manual and activities added by me.)
Chapter 6, the final chapter in Homer Price, is called “Wheels of Progress.” In this chapter, a rich lady (who helped make doughnuts earlier) wants to help the town. She ends up building a new suburb full of homes and they decide to make each home exactly alike, so they are all the same. Each house is completed and the town has a big celebration.
We spent three school days on this chapter.
Day One: Popstar read the chapter and completed the Writing/Discussion Questions in her notebook. Then we talked about the History/Geography lesson on People’s Signature Trademarks. We talked about how Homer’s Uncle always pulled on his beard and tried to think of other examples. After that, we went over the History/Geography lesson on Women’s Suffrage. We read over the lesson and looked up the people and organizations who led this movement online. Then we added the 19th Amendment to our Timeline Notebook.
Day Two: Popstar read over the Bible lessons, which were about generosity and the fruit of the spirit. After that, we went over the Language lessons. We talked about famous sayings then did the Vocabulary lessons. There was a list of new words and I had her choose 5 of the words and write a sentence with each of them. That was a suggestion in another Language lesson and I really liked the idea.
Day Three: We worked on the Fine Arts lessons. In this chapter, it says that every one of the identical houses had a print of a famous painting over the fireplace, “Whistler’s Mother” by the artist James Abbott McNeill Whistler. So we learned about that painting and looked it up online.
The second Fine Arts lesson was about designing your own checkerboard. Throughout the book Homer’s uncle plays checkers a lot, so this was a good way to end our study. Popstar was a little intimidated about creating her own, so I helped her. We used construction paper and then used buttons for the checkers. It was actually a lot of fun and she challenged Daddy to a game when he came home from work!
So that finished up our study of Homer Price. We did not spend a week on any special projects, like we did with the Boxcar Children. We just need to move onto the next book because we were getting a little behind. This was a good book, but honestly not one of her favorites and so she was ready to move on. She’s moving onto her next book, Thomas A. Edison Young Inventor. I’m excited, I think it’s going to be a lot of fun!
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