Five in a Row

Paddle-to-the-Sea Unit Study Chapter 8-9
Testing the Tongue Mapping Theory

Remember testing the tongue mapping theory in elementary school? We were told that the tongue was divided into different sections. Each section was meant to taste either salty, sour, bitter or sweet. I clearly remember sitting in class, watching the teacher go around the class, dropping a drip of mystery fluid onto each student’s tongue. According […]

FIAR:  Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel

We have been reading Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel, as part of our Five in a Row (FIAR), Volume 1 curriculum.  This is a classic children’s book, written in 1939.  It is about a man who takes his well-loved steam shovel, Mary Anne, on an adventure to show that they are just as good – […]

Kids never get tired of building, do they?  As I was going to bed last night, I tripped over an elaborate arrangement of blankets, toys and chairs in the hallway, which was apparently a gnome village of some sort.  As I peeked into Clark’s room, I see his room completely draped in more sheets and […]

Learning About Steam Power

We’ve been studying the classic children’s book, Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel as part of our Five in a Row homeschool curriculum.  This is the story about Mike Mulligan, who along with his beloved steam shovel, Mary Ann, finds himself caught in a changing world.  In fact, the book was written in 1939, around the […]

As the weather slowly turned cool, ushering in fall, our next reading adventure seemed an obvious one.  Five in a Row:  How to Make an Apple Pie and see the World.  Growing up, I have some wonderful memories of my parents taking us each fall to the apple orchards to pick bushel after bushel of apples. […]