Amber on the Mountain

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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…

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(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)…

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Mountains:

We read all about mountains in our Usborne Book of Wild Places.

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And we went out in the backyard to build some mountains in our large sandbox…

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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.

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Then I poured baking soda into the top of the water bottle.

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We did the experiment twice, with two different filled water bottles.

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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.

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It didn’t stay together so well on the dry sand, but they got the idea.

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Books:

We watched this video about how books are made…

And then we went on a tour of a local bookbinding facility!

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It is a large warehouse-type building.

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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.

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This company has been in business for around 50 years and many of their binding practices are more old-fashioned.

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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…

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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.

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The shrink-wrapping machine out by the dock that gets the large orders ready to ship off…

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Each boy got to take home a little book full of blank pages for coloring…

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And that’s it…quick and enjoyable.  🙂

 

 

 

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