Category Archives: The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge

Craft Day

I had a craft for each of the kids today and I let them also do the other one’s craft. I predicted correctly that they would be very disappointed if they didn’t get to do a craft that the other one was doing. They really enjoyed both of them.




Two little red lighthouses. Elliot mistakenly wrote his name on the cup when it was right-side up, forgetting that we were turning them upside-down.





Two happy little caterpillars.

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Art for The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge

Today was our art day. We enjoyed the many interesting pictures in the book that show the contrast in size between the lighthouse and the bridge. Elliot’s assignment was to draw his own picture where there are two (or more) things that have a big contrast in size.

Here is our inspiration from the book.

Elliot drew a picture of one of the World Trade Center towers next to another building, a lighthouse, and lots of cars. He got an idea to add measurement on the side so we could actually see how drastically different in size these things are.

We added “contrast in size” to our Choices Artists Can Make to Add Interest page.

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Language Arts for The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge

We had lots to cover for language arts for The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge. We had a few vocabulary words to learn and we reviewed compounds words and personification. We talked about some of the parts of speech and looked at the title of this book and determined what each word was and admired the way the author chose to balance them. We enjoyed coming up with other nouns and then listing off adjectives that could be used to describe them.




We decided “personification” belonged on our list of Choices Writers Can Make to Add Interest, because it definitely made this story interesting and enjoyable.


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Science for The Little Red Lighthouses and the Great Gray Bridge

We have so much to cover for this book that it could keep us busy with the science topics alone for the entire two weeks. We’ve been reading about the many different kinds of bridges for the last few days. Today we focused on lighthouses and learned about what they’re for, how they are all unique, and how the way they work has changed over time. We noticed in one of our library books that there seem to be so many lighthouses in Massachusetts. Elliot is anxious to see if he spots any of them when he visits the Boston area in a few weeks.

I surprised him with a lighthouse coloring book I bought at the Homeschool Book Fair back in May.



I almost forgot that I had this book stashed away. It’s the true story of young Abbie Burgess keeping her family’s lighthouse lit all on her own for four weeks. Elliot really loved it.

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Social Studies for The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge

Today we read about New York City and learned about so many things such as the Hudson River, the Brooklyn Bridge, the Washington Bridge, the Statue of Liberty, Central Park, Grand Central Station, Broadway, Chinatown, the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, the New York Botanical Garden, and the United Nations. Elliot is bubbling with excitement about his upcoming visit to “the big apple” and he has told me he wants to see EVERYTHING we’re reading about. Oh boy.




Here he is planning out his day in New York and what he wants to see there.

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The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge

We have moved onto our second FIAR book, The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge by Hildegarde Swift. We’ll be learning all about New York, lighthouses, bridges, and boats.


Our story disk is placed on New York.

We’ve got such a great collection of go-alongs for this book. We’ll be doing a lot of reading over the next two weeks.

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