Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Unit Study on Sheep

To go along with Passover and the season of Spring, our literature based unit study selections recently were Charlie Needs a Cloak by Tomie dePaola , Mountain Born by Elizabeth Yates, Weaving a Rainbow by George Ella Lyon, and The Little Lamb by Phoebe Dunn. The kids really enjoyed these books and activities. Mountain Born was a family read aloud that lasted the whole time. I highly recommend it--even for adults. It is about a boy who grows and learns the joys and life of a shepherd. We learned about sheep, saw the lamb for Passover, learned about the process of turning their wool into yarn, we dyed some natural wool yarn, read about Yeshua being our Shepherd, and wrote and memorized part of Psalm 23. Charlie Needs a Cloak had some humor to it, either with the little mouse that could be found on each page or how the sheep were behaving. There were lots of laughs from the kids. It is a simple book but certainly worth the read. This was Ezra's favorite. Weaving the Rainbow had lovely watercolor pictures that Olivia really enjoyed. The Little Lamb is based on a true story of a girl that bottle feeds and raises a lamb until it grows too big and begins to cause trouble. The story includes photographs for illustrations. This was Gabe's favorite and he asked me to read it more than once a day. :)

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