Papa Piccolo

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A tomcat finds responsibilities, joys and satisfaction as he decides to adopt kittens!  – FIAR manual

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There was a lot of info about Italy, and more specifically- Venice, on the inside cover pages, so we read all of that…

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We put our Italy flag on in our passport books.

 

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And worked throughout the week on the Italy page in our coloring books.

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We put our story disk over Venice, Italy.

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We read a few go-along stories…

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our favorite of them being Madeline and the Cats of Rome.  (It worked out well that we followed our row of Madeline with Papa Piccolo because there were many things that seemed to tie the two together.)

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We used our Draw-Write-Now books to learn how to draw a cat.

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And learned about complimentary colors, using the color wheels provided in the back of the FIAR manual.

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Using this knowledge, I had the boys each pick a complimentary color scheme to color their gondola cut-out’s…

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Conner chose red and green.

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Logan used blue and orange.

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and I was left with purple and yellow.  🙂

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We went out to lunch one day with some of our family to a pizza restaurant…

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and after eating our pizza, we ordered canoli’s for dessert.  🙂

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I ordered a new game for our family, Rat-a-Tat-Cat, reasoning that learning about cats was a good excuse to purchase it…

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We are a game-playing family.  We aren’t great about doing read-aloud’s, we don’t even push sit-down work very much, but we love ourselves a good family game!

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And this game has become a new favorite!

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We played it at least once daily for a week straight.  It has a little bit of math practice, along with some elements of poker, and we’ve had a lot of fun with it.  🙂

We also talked about fatherhood and adoption.  We’re still finishing up our reading of The Family Under the Bridge that we started when we rowed Madeline, which is about a homeless man who “adopts” a homeless woman and her children.

We touched briefly on the story of Marco Polo, so that the boys would understand why the two adventuring kittens were named “Marco” and “Polo”.

A simple, but good rowing experience!

 

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