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We are just now returning to our Five in a Row (FIAR) books for the current school year, and I didn’t ever post about this book from last year.
My plan is much different than actually completely a book a week; instead we usually row two books a month. If you’re new to FIAR, rowing a book means reading multiple times, and then doing matching activities to deepen understanding for all subjects.
FIAR is a fabulous literature-based curriculum, and while we use it as a supplement, my boys (now ages 4 and 7.5) love, love our FIAR time. Honestly, it’s memory-making and learning all mixed into one!
Check out my Five in a Row resource page for plenty of helps.
A FIAR favorite – Cranberry Thanksgiving
About a year ago, we read Cranberry Thanksgiving, a delightful book about a grandmother and granddaughter, and their Thanksgiving dinner guests.
So naturally, we needed to learn more about cranberries themselves. We watched a few YouTube videos, this one is helpful, and talked about how cranberries float in water.
All because of those little air pockets inside! This led to a few sink and float activities as well.
Then we pretended to harvest cranberries by first flooding the ‘bog’…
And then gathering the floating berries…
Of course, having all these cranberries called for some cooking in the kitchen!
The book offers a recipe, but we changed it up some to fit our own preferences.
My youngest son looks rather Jewish with his scarf! Not sure what was up that day… Remember how he loved wearing a tie everyday? I guess it was time for scarves.
Anyway, here’s the recipe we used:
- 2 cups sifted all purpose flour
- ¾ - 1 cup turbinado sugar
- 1½ teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ cup butter
- 1 egg, beaten
- ¾ - 1 cup orange juice
- 1 cup fresh cranberries, chopped
- Sift flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and baking soda into a large bowl.
- Cut in butter until mix is crumbly.
- Add egg and orange juice and mix until dough is moist.
- Fold in chopped cranberries.
- Spoon into a greased loaf pan and bake at 350 for an hour.
- Check for doneness by inserting knife or toothpick in the middle - if it's clean, it's done!
- Remove from the loaf pan and cool on a wire rack.
You can find plenty of free printables for Cranberry Thanksgiving at Homeschool Share.
The final project was one my 7 year old completed, inspired by a page within the book. I’ll show you the final product, and then offer step-by-step instructions for what we did:
Making a Silhouette Picture
We decided to pattern the colors after the fireside scene in the story. To make a picture similar to ours you’ll need:
- camera, photo paper, printer
- sharp scissors
- chalk pastels
- glue stick or mod podge
- heavy paper (sketch pad, card stock or other)
Step 5: While the paint dried on the picture cutout (we did another layer of paint after it dried), my little guy used his chalks to make a background similar to the book.
Step 6: When this was done, he used glue to attach photo to the page — a beautiful art project!
As you can see, the paint is still drying some on his silhouette above.
Overall, a wonderful memory-making row! Don’t forget to take a peek at my Five in a Row resource page for helps.