Friday, January 7, 2011

Lighthouses, Bridges, and Bows, Oh, My!

The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge: Restored Edition
This week Tigger and I (with Sweet Pea tagging along) did a super simple unit study - the only kind I'm capable of pulling off at this point! - based on The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Grey Bridge by Hildegarde Swift (with wonderful illustrations by Lynd Ward). This is one of our absolute favorite read aloud books.We've actually worn out one copy of the book and the one we have now is a hardback in great condition that I found at a thrift store. The idea of anyone giving this book away is cuh-razy to me, but hey - we'll take it!

We used some of the printable things available from Homeschool Share (resources for this book available here) I don't know if I've mentioned it before, but Homeschool Share is one of my favorite sites. (This is turning into a post about my favorite things - completely unintentionally!)

We read some other books about bridges and lighthouses. Our favorite was this one:
Bridges Are to Cross (Picture Puffins)
Bridges are to Cross by Philemon Sturges, which we found at our library. The illustrations are amazing.

Tigger also read Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie by Peter Roop and The Lighthouse Children by Syd Hoff.

We made a poem / coloring sheet (we used clip art of a bridge) with Christina Rossetti's poem,  Boats Sail on the Rivers:

Boats sail on the rivers,
And ships sail on the seas;
But clouds that sail across the sky
Are prettier far than these.
There are bridges on the rivers,
As pretty as you please;
But the bow that bridges heaven,
And overtops the trees,
And builds a road from earth to sky,
Is prettier far than these.

Tigger read this poem every day (the easiest way I know to memorize a new poem).

We tried building bridges out of duplos or legos and we talked about the bridges we drive over or see on a regular basis. Tigger's only experience with lighthouse is her granddad's extensive lighthouse collection but some day we plan to visit some "for real," as Tigger put it.

This post is linked up to Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers' Weekly Wrap-Up.

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Our Side of the Mountain said...

Is The Little Red Lighthouse a series of different books? I know I have one, but I don't think it's with a bridge. (I'll have to search for it this weekend.) Sounds like a fun study (and a book not to miss)!

We LOVE Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie! Maine book, right?


Karabeth Baptist Homeschool said...

Make sure you take Tigger's granddad with you if you ever get to see one "for real" or he'll be so jealous!

Sarah said...

Sounds like a fun week. We really enjoyed studying this book last year.

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