Sunday, July 31, 2011

Goodnight Moon

Goodnight Moon
We "rowed" our first book, using our Before Five in a Row curriculum. We chose Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown as our first selection and we had so much fun with it!

"In a great green room, tucked away in bed, is a little bunny. "Goodnight room, goodnight moon." And to all the familiar things in the softly lit room--to the picture of the three little bears sitting in chairs, to the clocks and his socks, to the mittens and the kittens, to everything one by one--he says goodnight." (

The book is written in rhyme and so we started our week working on rhyming words.
I used images found on Homeschool Share to create a rhyming words worksheet for Ella.  This was her first experience with rhyming work.  She didn't quite grasp the concept on her own, but she did have a good time being included.

I made a rhyming memory game for the girls to play.  Again, I used the images found on Homeschool Share.  Instead of matching two of the same picture, the girls were to match rhyming pictures.  Although Ella had to be told the "matching" picture to look for, both girls loved this game and asked to play it again and again.

For our final rhyming activity, the girls put together their rhyming puzzle.

The book is illustrated with black and white pictures on every other page and color pictures on every other page.  The colored pictures are illustrated in the primary colors (red, blue and yellow) and one secondary color (green).  We did a primary/secondary coloring mixing experiment, which I talked more about here.
Arin recorded the results of the experiment on this simple sheet that I made her.

We worked on a paint mixing experiment.  I gave the girls a plate with blue paint and yellow paint on it.  Apparently, I didn't give them the right ratios of paint because the resulting green color wasn't very bright or pretty, but they got the idea. 
They used the green paint to color a sheet of cardstock.

We later used these pieces of green painted cardstock as a background for Arin's illustration/narration of the story.

The girls worked together on the Goodnight Moon activity found here.

One of the things mentioned in the story, was a pair of mittens.  Ella worked on a mitten coloring matching game.  We printed mittens from here.  On the blank mittens, I made Ella's handprints in the coordinating colors as the colored mittens.  Then, Ella was to match the colors and clothespin them together.

Sometimes you need to mix it up a bit and use your mouth to open the pins.

It's always fun to complete a task!
Ella worked on the letter M this week.  I wrote about her coloring the letter Mm here.  She also learned what sound the letter M makes.
In the story, the little bunny says goodnight to all the objects in his bedroom.  Arin wrote words of objects in her bedroom.  We hung the labels around her room and every night she has been saying goodnight to everything.

Once again, we used the images from Homeschool Share in an activity.  Arin used these pictures in a goodnight sequencing activity.

In the story, the bunny says goodnight to clocks.  Arin reviewed time telling to the hour.

We also learned about the moon this week. 
The girls sponge painted the phases of the moon (found here).  Then, we put them in order and named each phase.  We should have made one more dark moon to complete the cylcle (or maybe set the phases up in a circle?)

We learned how craters are made on the moon by doing this experiment.  We filled a pan with flour aka the moon and then dropped magnetic balls aka meteors onto the moon.  Then, we used a second magnet to remove the magnetic ball.  The result was  a crater left on the moon's surface.  They loved, loved, loved this experiment.  It made a huge mess (we should have done it outside), but it was priceless to watch them enjoying the lesson so much.

As a special treat, the girls helped bake Moon Pies.  We used the recipe found here.

The story also mentions a red balloon.  As our last activity, the girls did a science experiment with their daddy.  They were able to successfully push a wooden skewer through a balloon without popping it.  We also explained to the girls how this could happen, but I am pretty sure that explanation was too advanced for them.

We had a great first week of school.  Next, we'll be rowing My Blue Boat by Chris L. Demarest


  1. We love five in a row and I love your breakdown of the week. We start school in 5 weeks. I may have to use some of these ideas:>

  2. GREAT activities! The girls did super and thank you for sharing all these wonderful ideas :)

  3. What an awesome row! Love how you put their narration and illustration on their painting, those handprint mittens are too cute! and how fun (and yummy) do those moon pies look. :) Wonderful!

  4. P.S. Have you seen the FIAR blog roll? You should add your blog! :)

  5. What a wonderful row! I'm so glad that you joined the blogroll :) I'm excited that I get to row B4FIAR with another child.

    Many Blessings!

  6. That crater making does look like some good ole messy fun! And I love the idea of using magnets to pull them out.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!

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