September 28, 2011
Josh and Elliot headed out early last Thursday morning for Boston. Elliot’s Aunt Buzzy (Josh’s sister, Elizabeth) lives there and showed them around her wonderful city.
The Boston Public Garden
The Boston Children’s Museum
“Old Iron Sides”
On Saturday the guys took a bus to New Jersey, Where Elliot’s Aunt Stacey and Uncle Steve live.
They visited The Thomas Edison Historical Museum in West Orange, NJ.
New York City
Sadly, the park where Jeffrey’s Hook Lighthouse (The Little Red Lighthouse) is was closed, so they were unable to see it, but they did see the George Washington Bridge.
September 21, 2011
Today was art day for Make Way For Duckings. We learned the neat story about how Robert McCloskey actually bought two Mallard ducks and brought them back to his studio apartment so he could observe them and learn to draw them accurately. He even put them in his bathtub so he could observe what they look like in water! Elliot was very amused by this and we were able to talk about how preparation and determination can pay off. We also discussed the technique of shading that is used a lot in the illustrations. Though the pictures are not colored, they are still very interesting due to the details and shading.
He worked diligently to make his own artwork with shading.
We added “shading” to our Choices Artists Can Make to Add Interest page.
We also added Make Way For Ducklings to our Caldecott Medal book list.
September 19, 2011
We had a pretty simple language arts day, which I’m thankful for considering we’re cramming six days of school work into three days to make up for what Elliot will miss when he is on his east coast trip at the end of this week. We learned a few new vocabulary words, discussed the rhyming (the ducklings names), and completed our information page on the book.
We also added “rhyming” to our Choices Writers Can Make to Add Interest page.
September 14, 2011
We had a great time today reading about ducks and feeding the ducks at the park.
September 12, 2011
Here’s Elliot’s map of the journey Mrs. Mallard and her ducklings took from the Charles River back to the Public Gardens.