Night of the Moonjellies



We carried on with our beach “theme” for the month by rowing this story about a little boy who spends a few days per week during the summers helping out at his grandma’s seaside hot dog stand.

Social Studies:

We talked about the character quality of responsibility.  It takes a lot of effort to run a small family business and the little seven year old boy in the story is a big asset to his grandmother.  He takes his job seriously and wants to do his part to help out.  I explained to the boys that in a family, each person does his/her part to help out, whether that means keeping the house clean or working in the garden or even just being there for a sibling who is distressed.  We all have responsibilities in life, but the biggest responsibility is to be there for those people who we love.

The setting of the story is New England, so I explained to them that “New England” is actually a grouping of several different states.  I told them which states make up New England (Massachusetts, Vermont, Maine, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Rhode Island) and we discussed why they might have been named “New England” (The Pilgrims came from England and began to settle in this New land).

Language Arts:

We discussed the contrast between the parts of the story where the setting was frenzied and the other parts of the story where the setting was peaceful.

We talked about how the names of ships and boats are set in italics when they are printed in a story. And also how they are underlined when written by hand.

Art- Chalk Pastels:

If you have not yet allowed your children to work with chalk pastels, be prepared!  The art medium used in this story is pastels.  I brought out what I thought were chalk pastels and let the boys start drawing.



They were doing a pretty good job trying to re-create the cover of the story.  Easy peasy.  Then it dawned on me that the “pastels” I gave to them were actually just crayons.  So I rummaged through my art supplies and found a box of real chalk pastels.  Good grief, if they are not the messiest disaster of a product I’ve ever allowed my children to use, I don’t know what is.  Within five minutes I could feel my blood pressure rising as they discovered how easily the chalk could be smudged.  Which of course led to this…


And it wasn’t long before they looked like this…


And let me tell you the dark colored pastels (like the black pictured above) stain things.  Their arms were smudged black for a day or two afterwards and my vinyl-covered table has permanent black smudges on it now.  If I’d had any idea, this would have been one of those outdoor projects.  Now I know.

Art- Warm Palette/ Cool Palette:

This is the story that gave me the inspiration for the color schemes of our map wall letters.

Throughout the story, there is a constant shift between warmth and coolness.  When they are outside at night, the colors are all blues and greens.  Then they go inside a warm boat or house and the colors shift to oranges and reds.


I explained the difference between salt water animals and freshwater animals to the boys.  They learned about how the oceans are salty and the lakes and rivers are fresh…sort of!

We also read through our book, What’s Under the Sea?




Math- Running a Small Business:

The name of the restaurant in the story is Mar-Gra’s…named after his grandmother Mary and her sister Grace.  So we decided it would be cool to do our own little restaurant theme and combine Conner and Logan somehow.



I wrote their names on paper one day and then cut them in half.



Then I rearranged the names and told them to pick which combination sounded better.  “Con-an’s” or “Log-ner’s”

Logan picked “Conan’s” and Conner picked “Logner’s”.  Of course.  So we let daddy choose that night.  He chose “Log-Ner’s”.

So we got to work making signs.









The sign was looking really cute until the phone rang and I got distracted.  When I came back, this is what we had…



Oh well, it works!

I printed up a menu and we invited some family members over for lunch.



We pulled out our play money and gave each of our guests a pile of cash to use.





When our family showed up, we took their orders first and got all the money squared away up front. The customers tried to give the boys extra money for their orders so that they’d have to make change.







Then my mom and sister helped me get all the food prepared.  Remind me never to open a restaurant!  Sheesh!  Talk about hard work!  The boys helped a little to serve the food, but really they were too distracted playing with grandpa and Aunt Kiki.  😉



We had sandwiches, salad, soup, and chips.



When we were done Conner asked what was on the menu for dessert.  🙂   Mommy fail!


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