These past few weeks we took a detour into Five in a Row. I love all things French, so I thought it would be fun to row a few books in France. We did FIAR in Pre-K. It is written for K-3, but I just didn't know how to see this as legitimate school. My thinking has changed so much since that first year. These early years is really about teaching that learning is all about fun and exploring, teaching that books are wonderful, and spending time together is the cherry on top! I wish I had stuck with it for a while. Back then I didn't have to confidence to know how to plan it, and I wasn't sure it was "enough." I grieve not continuing it as I look at blogs who have homeschool moms really bringing these books to life. Michele over at Delightful Learning is a pro at making school fun :) You should check out her droves of FIAR posts.
We had SO much fun with Madeline. We did this along side our MFW France studies. It didn't add too much time, but it added a LOT of fun! We actually did this back in Pre-K, but I'm not sure I did it justice. I wasn't sure if my boy would like reading a story about a little French girl, but boy was I wrong! Not only did my 9 year old enjoy it, even Aedan my big boy, would stop his studies to hear the story read. I checked out several different Madeline books from the library. Forgive the pictures. Many were taken with my phone, but they are wonderful memories nonetheless.
In France we must study the famous arteeeest Monet,
so we make our own version of Water Lilies.
We used painter's tape to make a bridge and covered it with bingo blotter dots.
We live near a great museum that actually has a few Monet paintings. This is Mill at Limetz by Monet.
Usually the Water Lillies painting is not roped off but it was when we visited. Bad mobile phone pic, but you get the idea :) At least we got to see it!
We visited the impressionist section at the museum.
Silas enjoyed using the magnifying glasses to study the details.
We stopped in the medieval section for Aedan's sake :)
There are so many magnificent works at our museum. They never get old.
This is probably one of the most famous paintings at the museum, so I snapped a pic. It isn't a French artist (Caravaggio was Italian), but since we're studying Europe it counts right? This is Saint John the Baptist in the Wilderness by Caravaggio. I think it's pretty amazing :)
What museum trip would be complete without a trip to the fancy courtyard for a delicious treat? These chocolate croissants were amazing!
We have loved all the French food we get to try!
Even Eddie came for the trip.
Of course when studying France, one must sample fancy cheese and chocolate no? We have a fabulous store that lets you sample cheese from all over the world.
Chocolate? Yes, please! I read French Women Don't Get Fat a few years back. I wasn't a chocolate lover then, but the way she described her mother eating chocolate sent me on a quest to learn to eat dark chocolate like a French woman. Valrhona is as good as it gets, and now I am a true woman who loves Chocolate as I should :)
Silas's least favorite was goat cheese. He was up in arms for quite a while about that. He loved Swiss and gouda the best.
This is such a fun store. Silas asked if we could stay forever. He said, "Man...cheese really does make the world go round!"
Oh yes I did, and it was worth every penny!
This was Silas's cheese choice of all the samples we tried was Indiana Sweet Swiss. Yum!
He forbade any of us from having any. Aedan doesn't like cheese anyway, and I'm not easily forbidden. He shared with me in the end.
A sweet friend sent me a Starbucks gift certificate (thanks Michelle!), so while I enjoyed my coffee, the kiddos got to have a Madeline (I might have snagged the third one.)
This time instead of a lap book made out of file folders I used my handy-dandy ProClick to bind one. I used card stock, and it worked perfectly!
We got all these elements over at Homeschool Share. I love how much you can glean from one simple picture book. If you're looking, there is always something to learn.
You can watch Madeline on YouTube. The kids got a kick out of these videos. We sang these songs all week. So catchy! Hope you enjoyed the look at our Tour de France! Au Revoir!