I wasn't sure which book to do first and the one that it happened to be was chosen by happenstance. I had checked out the book The Carrot Seed from the library and was doing research on activities that might go along with it when I realized it was one of the B4FIAR books. so I decided to go ahead and plan our first B4FIAR lesson.
This book is quite short and extremely simple. Perhaps it is meant to be easy for a younger reader to read on their own. Liam loved it and asked me to read it numerous times. We probably read it about 8 times in all during the week. By the second day he was attempting to "read" it on his own and saying "It won't come up." in the appropriate spots. Cute!
After reading the book the first time through we added a new word to our vocabulary: persistence. I explained to Liam that being persistent means not giving up. I also explained that the little boy had been persistent by continuing to take care of his carrot plant, even after being told repeatedly that it wouldn't come up. I tried to go over this idea each day we read the book.
I downloaded the lapbook template here on the Homeschool Share website. I really liked the activities included in the lapbook. Here are some of the things we did.
Coloring our orange items. You'll have to see the book, but the illustrations in the book are quite dull (color-wise) and muted until you get to the end when the carrot has sprouted and there is a giant orange carrot.
Carrot sizing from smallest to largest.
I don't know why he has such a confused look on his face here. Perhaps he was still trying to absorb what I'd been telling him about what plants need to grow. I explained that plants need sunlight, air, water and soil to grow, then we colored them together.
Our letter C words that we colored together. Good review of our letter we learned last week.
There were also some ideas for doing carrot math in the lapbook, so we did some math activities with carrots, I just didn't snap any pictures during those activities. I was able to work in very simple addition activities by having him give himself, his daddy and me a (paper) carrot, then count how many there were altogether. We did a few things along those lines.
We watched a short time-lapsed video of a plant growing on the PBS Learning Media site. I wanted to leave Liam with the understanding that a plant was a living, growing thing, so we discussed this a little bit after we watched the video. I'm not really sure how much stuck though. It's ok, I think just being introduced to the concept is enough for now.
We made carrots out of playdough and Liam had a lot of fun chopping them up and pretending to eat them. Had to choose the week when I didn't have any actual carrots on hand to do a carrot theme, right?
We worked together on a carrot collage. I had seen the idea of painting with the green plant portion of the carrot, but again, didn't have any carrots on hand for us to do this. I don't think this turned out too badly though.
There were definitely some things I wanted to do that I didn't get to. One suggestion was cutting off the top of a carrot and placing it in water and watching the greenery grow back. Or planting a seed and watching it grow, something we'll definitely do in the spring.
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