- We discussed why Larnel's mother visits Mrs. Katz so often ~ she is a lonely widow with no children, and this was a way for them to be a good neighbor. We talked about other ways we can be good neighbors.
- We found Poland (where Mrs. Katz is from) on our globe.
- We talked about immigration, and where our ancestors came from. With more time, I would have done a simple family tree.
- The story begins with a picture of Mrs. Katz looking at a photo, but we can't see who it is. The manual suggested asking the student who they thought might be in the picture. Rose wasn't sure, so I offered her suggestions, such as her husband, or maybe Larnel himself.
- We learned lots of fun Yiddish words such as bubeleh, borscht, and kugel, using the manual's vocabulary section.
- We used ideas in the manual to help us notice and appreciate the wide variety of colors, textures, and patterns throughout the book. Lots of details to notice!
- We flipped through the pages of our book just to admire the way the artist drew such realistic expressions on the faces of Mrs. Katz and Larnel.
- The manual suggested having the student compare their view out the window to Mrs. Katz's view, so we talked about that for a bit. There was a suggestion to draw your view, but she wasn't into that, so we skipped it.
- We counted the baked goods in the deli illustration - my favorite picture in the book!
- We discussed the math problem in the manual - how many grandchildren would Tush have if each of her four kittens had four kittens. We took it to great grandchildren, then great great grandchildren.
- I read her the sections in the manual about cats and cooking with yeast. I had planned to make a kugel with her, but we never got to it!
So that wraps up FIAR for us for a little while. I do plan to pick back up with volume 2 in September. We probably won't row every book in that volume, but I do plan to row these, time permitting:
- Three Names
- Wee Gillis
- Owl Moon
- Mirette on the High Wire
- They Were Strong and Good
- The Story of Ferdinand
- The Tale of Peter Rabbit
- Mr. Gumpy's Motor Car
- Miss Rumphius
- The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge
- Harold and the Purple Crayon
- Follow the Drinking Gourd
- When I Was Young in the Mountains
- Gramma's Walk
I will probably skip these, because they aren't available through inter-library loan:
Babar, to Duet or Not to Duet
The Giraffe that Walked to Paris
Down Down the Mountain
You can see the books we have already rowed from volume 2 and volume 1 here.