Amber’s mountain is beautiful, but it is a lonely place- until the day Anna arrives, bringing both her friendship and the will to teach Amber how to read. Suddenly Amber’s world his filled with a new magic- and new challenges.
This was a quick and simple row for us. We focused on two main topics…mountains…and books. Conner and Logan have been making strides in their reading lately, so it was a well-timed topic for us. 🙂
We did put our story disk over the Appalachian Mountains…
(Excuse the footballs that are taking over our map…Conner is a major football fan, so each year during football season we put the teams on display on our map to reinforce a little U.S. geography with him.)
And I had the boys find the Appalachian Mountains on our globe with their fingers (mountain ranges are raised on this globe)…
We read all about mountains in our Usborne Book of Wild Places.
And we went out in the backyard to build some mountains in our large sandbox…
Since this story has a very female bias to it, I decided to manly up this row by turning our mountain into a volcano. I filled a water bottle with vinegar and red food coloring and had the boys bury it in the mountain.
Then I poured baking soda into the top of the water bottle.
We did the experiment twice, with two different filled water bottles.
Then we talked a bit about how roads are built on mountains. I showed them what happens when you try to drive a car straight up the side of the mountain (it rolls and flips backwards). Then I showed them the appropriate way to build the road curving around and up the mountain gradually.
It didn’t stay together so well on the dry sand, but they got the idea.
We watched this video about how books are made…
And then we went on a tour of a local bookbinding facility!
It is a large warehouse-type building.
The employees were all very friendly. This guy made each of the boys his own Mickey Mouse print on cardboard out of a shiny vellum material.
This company has been in business for around 50 years and many of their binding practices are more old-fashioned.
I honestly can’t remember what this machine did. But the boys found it very fascinating!
This is the three-knife-cutter, which we saw on the video…
This was one of their all-in-one machines that they use when they have a large order and it does everything from start to finish.
The shrink-wrapping machine out by the dock that gets the large orders ready to ship off…
Each boy got to take home a little book full of blank pages for coloring…
And that’s it…quick and enjoyable. 🙂