Sunday, August 2, 2015

FIAR-The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge

This week's row was The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge, by
Hildegarde H. Swift and  Lynd Ward. Last week, we went on a trip to Nag's Head, NC, to see the Wright Brother's museum, and on the way home, we stopped by Bodie Island lighthouse to get a head start on this book.

 We placed the story disk on the map, right by New York City.

We talked about lighthouses. We discussed what they are used for, and why they are important. Lily made a lighthouse, and drew a boat.

 We talked a little about New York. We talked about the Statue of Liberty. We looked it up online, and Lily got to see pictures of the real thing. Afterward, we made a crown and torch, and Lily pretended to be the Statue of Liberty.

 We made a lighthouse. We found a small flashlight, and put it in the bottom of the lighthouse. Then, Lily took it into a dark room and let it shine.

 We discussed that lighthouses are very important. We talked about the rocks on the shore, and how dangerous it could be for the captains of ships if they didn't have lighthouses to help them see how close they were to shore. We talked a little about sight, and what it would be like to be blind. I tied a scarf around Lily's eyes, and she had to maneuver through the room blindfolded.

 We talked about New York, and how culturally diverse it is. I told Lily that New York is known for it's Italian food. We made the Focaccia bread and baked lasagna from the FIAR cookbook.


 Trying them out! Lily liked the bread, but thought the lasagna was just "ok."  I really enjoyed both!

I ordered some art DVDs from the Homeschool Buyers Coop a couple of weeks ago. They are great! The Home Art Studio DVDs come in different grade levels. I got K-2. I popped in the DVD, and Lily watched the lesson. Since we are talking about bridges, we chose the Monet-style bridge from the 2nd grade DVD. It turned out great! Lily really enjoyed this art lesson. You can grab the DVDs here: (affiliate link)

 Finished! Monet-style bridge. :)
I found a compound word game and printed it out. Lily caught on to this concept really quickly. She even came up with a few compound words of her own! Grab the cards here: 

We talked about bridges, and how they help us out. We discussed that some bridges are for walking over, and that we can drive over others. She built some bridges with her magnetic blocks. 

We discussed personification. We talked about the different examples of personification in the story. We talked about the different feelings the lighthouse felt throughout the story. Lily made some examples of personification. 

It was a great week. Lily really enjoyed this story. Next up is Night of the Moonjellies, by Mark Shasha. Lots of fun stuff! :)


  1. Looks so fun! :) We used to live not too far from Cape Hatteras.
    Night of the Moonjellies is one of my all-time favorites!! Have fun!

  2. Thanks! Night of the Moonjellies looked like a fun one! We've enjoyed it so far. :)