These are a few more projects we've done this fall while we learn about the first Americans. Norah's holding a Native American rain stick. The Indians made theirs out of a hollow cactus stalk, spikes and pebbles. We made ours out of a paper towel tube, straight pins and dried rice. (You know you are home school family when you celebrate finishing another roll of toilet paper or paper towels because you always need the tubes!) She's also wearing an Indian vest made from, yes, an Outback take-out bag, a head dress made from scraps of paper and a drum made from an oatmeal container. I'm not crafty, so this unit is killing me. But, you can see that Norah is having a ball and is fascinated with Native Americans now, so who cares what I think!
"...the child should have a set time everyday to read for fun. Begin with half an hour for first graders, and build up to an hour of reading time daily... This is an important part of the child's education: it improves his reading skills, teaches him the habit of sitting still with a book, and reminds him that reading is fun... free reading ought to be spent on literature at or slightly below the child's present reading level so that he can simply enjoy himself. The easier reading will help him increase his speed." The Well Trained Mind: The Guide to Classical Education at Home by Jessie Wise and Susan Wise Bauer