FIAR - Miss Rumphius

Thursday, April 30, 2015

And so we come to the very end of our 3rd grade year... I'm trying not to be too sentimental. This week we did the last Life of Fred Elementary book, the last MFW ECC assignment, the last everything. I wanted to wrap up our year with our last Five in a Row book. We still have a few FIAR books that we haven't rowed. I'm sure I'll pull them out and do them casually, but next year we are on to other things. I hope to have grandkids someday that I can experience these books with, but that's a long ways off. There is something about the end of 3rd grade. It seems like everything gets a little harder, the expectations higher, and the work maybe even a tad longer for next year. I've watched my little guy grow up so much this year. Overall, we had a really wonderful year. I plan to write a summary of our year in another post. I am sad to end the year, but I am also looking forward to the lazy days of summer.

Since we condensed our Antarctica study I decided to row Miss Rumphius. This book is a perfect way to end a year of traveling the world. Miss Rumphius is a woman who spends time with her grandfather who is an artist when she is a child. He tells her of places that are far away, and so she decides that she will travel the world too. We see her take trips to the Caribbean, the Middle East (or maybe Northern Africa), to the tops of tall mountains, and Australia. Because we had visited all those places in our studies this year it was especially fun to see her see those places too.

Her grandfather tells her that someday she needed to find the thing that she could do to make her world a more beautiful place. After an accident that left her back injured that left her bedridden she noticed lupines growing outside her window. After she recovers she discovers them far away from her garden windowsill. This was fun because Silas knew after our study in botany that the wind or birds must have carried those seeds all that way, just as Miss Rumphius says.

The little guy on the right is in Kindergarten. His sweet mom is one of my very best friends. She did FIAR with him all year, and they had so much fun! She told him that we were doing the same book they were doing this week, and he said, "They aaaare?" He was so happy that FIAR wasn't just for little kids. One of the best things about homeschool is that kids don't age discriminate like you see in school. Aedan is known to be a pied piper of little boys at every park. They all just love him, and he is never too cool to hang with little kids. My friend's little guy told her that Aedan was his best friend. That melted my heart. He's such a precious little muffin. Silas's best friend is sitting next to him. Next year Silas and his friend will be doing HOD Preparing together :) I'm so thankful for sweet friends to share our journey with.

She decided the way to make her world a more beautiful place was to plant lupines everywhere.

She tosses them along the path, behind the church and near the school until the whole town is full of them.

We went to one of our favorite nature spots with friends.

They walked along the paths...

...making their world a more beautiful place too :) It will totally make my heart smile if we go back someday and find lupines growing along the path.

If you've followed my blog you know we have loved to experience the foods from all over the world. Since Miss Rumphius visits the Caribbean and Africa I thought I'd mix those two. I had bought tapioca back when we studied Africa, but I forgot to make it. I made this Vegan Coconut Tapioca Pudding and topped it with kiwi, mangoes, blackberries and coconut that I had toasted. Pretty good if you ask me. My mom told me when I was a kid that I always would say "I don't wike Coc-ee-nut." I guess a girl can change her ways :) We enjoyed this after our nature walk with our friends.

My friend brought coconut water for us to try.

She also brought plantain chips :)

When I visited the store it was full of all kinds of strange fruits. I wish I could have gotten them all! I got a coconut, a passion fruit, a few mangoes, kiwis and a kiwano melon.

This is what it all looked like cut open minus the passion fruit that just was plain not right!

None of us had tried star fruit before. It is said to have originated in Sri Lanka.

I have to include this blurry pic because Silas's face is classic! Not his favorite. I think it might have needed to ripen just a tad more.

Kiwis originate in New Zeland. We learned this on our travels Down Under! Silas actually loved the kiwi. I buy them all the time, but he always refused to try them. There is something about all this together that made it fun, and he learned he liked something new. Praises!

 This is what the kiwano melon looks like inside. They are native to Africa, but they are grown in other places now too. Here is a visual guide on how to eat a kiwano melon. They are in the cucumber family. You gotta love God's creation :)

This is how my boys felt about trying kiwano melon. They both tried it and had more than one bite. Aedan said it tastes like boogers that don't taste bad. Appetizing right?!

I also bought a coconut!

The boys look apprehensive here because I have bought coconuts before that the water was super bad! This one turned out to be pretty good. I had planned to go to the downtown library, but we just didn't make it. I think my fun steam has run out. I do plan to make jerk chicken, black beans and another pavlova when friends come over this week just to finish our week out. This was a great end to a fun filled year. Thank you so much for walking along side of us <3


  1. We really loved Miss Rumphius! I loved your take on tropical and tying in some unusual fruit.

  2. It was a fun book to do after doing all that traveling in ECC :)

  3. LOVE! And those fruits just look amazing! My husband won't eat coconut, but I especially love it toasted unless its on white cake with white frosting. :) So neat that you tied in Miss Rumphius with your final week of ECC. :)

  4. We have eaten a lot of coconut this year. I definitely like it toasted or not at all. This was a great tie in book for our travels :)


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