View Full Version : What FIAR books really inspire you to go all-out?

Rivka Wald
12-14-2010, 10:13 AM
We've got a two-week break coming up, and I want to plan a really great, activity-packed, awesome book for when we come back in January. It seems like we've done a lot of books recently which were good rows but nothing really stand-out and sparkly.

So help me pick our next book. I know that all of FIAR is wonderful, but which books have inspired you to do an amazing row, and what did you do?

For us, so far, the big standouts have been:
The Bee Tree (highlights: lots of science experiments and a field trip to the honey harvest festival)
The Duchess Bakes a Cake (highlights: building a catapult, yeast experiments, medieval dinner)

Candace C
12-14-2010, 11:27 AM
For January I would choose Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening. My kids and I are actually memorizing this poem right now!! :)

And here are tons of fun ideas (http://candacemercyisnew.blogspot.com/2009/01/winter-nature-study.html) to go along with your winter/snow theme and this book!!

Candace C
12-14-2010, 11:40 AM
Ok, I get all excited just thinking about all these fun things we did. Don't forget too, that in vol. 4 is Snowflake Bentley - you could do one or the other or take a whole month and do fun snow stuff with both books!! (and a Before tie-in would be Snowy Day.)

Some other fun snowy ideas:

Arctic Iceburg Play (http://candacemercyisnew.blogspot.com/2009/01/arctic-iceburg-playing.html)

Painting with Marshmellows (http://candacemercyisnew.blogspot.com/2009/01/painting-with-marshmellows.html)

Ice Sculptures (http://candacemercyisnew.blogspot.com/2009/01/ice-sculptures.html)

Penguin study (http://candacemercyisnew.blogspot.com/2009/01/penguin-unit.html)

Borax Crystal Snowflakes (http://candacemercyisnew.blogspot.com/2009/01/borax-crystal-snowflakes.html)

Don't forget about playing with shaving cream inside at the table and calling it snow. :) AND, cutting out paper snowflakes, of course!

12-14-2010, 11:57 AM
We like The Very Last First Time in January, paired with a study of the arctic and Mr Popper's Penguins as a read aloud. ;) Hanna's Cold Winter is another fun one. Also Another Celebrated Dancing Bear, The Wild Horses of Sweetbriar and Mailing May.

Books that we do lots of stuff with:

Peter Rabbit/Miss Rumphius (gardening/plant experiments, spring crafts...)

Night of the Moonjellies (oceans, playing restaurant...)

How to Make an Apple Pie (fall theme, apples...)

Giraffe that Walked to Paris (Egypt, giraffes...)

Roxaboxen (building a Roxaboxen, Sonoran desert, cactus...)

Story about Ping (China, ducks...)

The Raft (forest animals, building a raft...)

Climbing Kansas Mountains (comparing real mountains to Kansas mountains, wheat, the Dust Bowl, farming, US geography...)

I know there is probably a lot I'm forgetting but those are the ones that really stick out in my mind. ;)

Christi in VA
12-14-2010, 01:26 PM
Vol 4 : Cowboy Charlie, The Bravest of Us All

Rivka Wald
12-14-2010, 02:50 PM
For January I would choose Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening. My kids and I are actually memorizing this poem right now!! :)

And here are tons of fun ideas (http://candacemercyisnew.blogspot.com/2009/01/winter-nature-study.html) to go along with your winter/snow theme and this book!!

Okay, so maybe the problem is me and not choosing the wrong book. We just did Stopping by Woods last week, and it was enjoyable enough but sedate, nothing special.

Susie in MS
12-14-2010, 02:54 PM
I am looking forward to my dd dissecting owl pellets with Owl Moon.

We have done a lot with The Giraffe and A Pair of Red Clogs.

Candace C
12-14-2010, 04:01 PM
Hi again! :) Those winter/snow ideas can be done with ANY of the winter-ish titles that have been listed in this thread!! "Going all out" can be done with nearly ANY book, just research and find fun ideas...google or FIAR blogs can be a great resource for this.

For me, I enjoy the research end of it...the planning...the finding the 'perfect' go-along activities.

However, not everyone does! And that doesn't mean your "row" needs to be labeled a failure by any means!! I'm sure your kids are learning and enjoying a lot just by reading the books together with you and the lessons you are choosing...don't be too hard on yourself! FIAR looks different in each family's home!! And that is part of the beauty of FIAR. ;)

Chris D.
12-14-2010, 05:50 PM
We've only done a few books so far, but I have supplemented them with various different activities I've found in the archives here or on homeschool share, and my daughter always sounds sad on Monday when she finds out we're leaving the last book behind and moving on to the next. It doesn't have to be anything that complex to be fun for the kids. We mixed primary colors of playdoh to make secondary colors and rolled them into balls for Clown of God and my daughter thought it was the greatest thing, but it was so simple. I'd say just look for a few activites that spark your interest and go with it.

Kendra AU
12-14-2010, 06:18 PM
Paul Revere's Ride.. we bunny trailed for 6 weeks with the REvolutionary War and my kids STILL talk about this and adore everything about it. I bought them nutcrackers to paint for Christmas and they each did them in the form of a soldier from that time.

Ping was gobs of fun too we learned Chinese, looked at bil's photos from when he visited, went out for chinese food, did lots of sink and float experiments, and ran to the park to check out the gobs of ducks.

Rag Coat was fun and there's SOOOOO many mining things you can do with that as well. Not to mention quilting. My boys each made themselves a doll quilt when we read that book.

We bunny trailed with the Giraffe so we could study Ancient Egypt for a while too. We would have loved a trip to the zoo, but that would have involved a plane ride for us, so we settled for watching Giraffes on the computer.

Kendra AU
12-14-2010, 06:19 PM
Ooo.. and

Another Celebrated Dancing Bear.. we had fun with the water cycle (boiling water), learning about bears, and learning to do the russian dance.

Apple Pie is fun with trips to apple orchards, testing all kinds of apples, and "traveling the world" to get the supplies. We also tried a meal from each country she visited (one each day of the week) and had a blast with that book. :D

12-17-2010, 01:28 PM
Madeline, hands down! We spent two weeks on it, and in addition to the FIAR manual, we:

- made French bread
- made our own butter
- made crepes
- did an experiment on yeast & bacteria with leftover ingredients from the French bread.
- did an experiment on germs with glitter!
- did lots of math with 12 madeline girls
- got sidetracked with ballet and hot air balloons.
- rented the Madeline movie at the end of the time.

It was our favorite book so far. Here is a link to my blog post from that week: http://meandmygirlproductions.blogspot.com/2009/11/madeline.html

Sally in Oz
12-17-2010, 04:55 PM
MichelleO - some great ideas!

Now you just need to have a FIAR category on your blog so we can see all your other fun ideas ;)