Category Archives: Miss Rumphius

Language Arts and Art for Miss Rumphius

I’m a bit behind on updating this week, so I’ll just combine two lessons in one entry. For language arts we learned about libraries and the process that a writer goes through to write and publish a book (Miss Rumphius was a librarian). Elliot immediately said, “This makes me want to write my own book!” (I can’t even count how many times Elliot has gotten an idea for an assignment before I’ve even had the chance to propose the idea. It happens all the time! Five in a Row inspires creativity without having to force it on them!) He set right to work writing and illustrating his book. He told me he’d love to send it to a publisher when he’s done. I tried to let him down easy that it may take quite a bit more experience before we’re ready to get published.
On our art day we discussed evidence of motion, due to things such as wind, in artwork. There are many illustrations in the book where we see things like grass swaying in the wind, flags flapping, wind-blown hair, and things like that. Elliot’s book was still a work in progress, so I challenged him to include some evidence of motion in at least one of his illustrations.


Here are the first two completed pages of his book about seasons.

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Science for Miss Rumphius

We’ve continued our study on seeds and germination with Miss Rumphius. We talked about the word “sow” (as opposed to “sew”. We’ve been keeping a list of homophones we come across and added these two.) We found several Bible verses that talk about sowing seeds and what that is often used as metaphor for.
We’ve been keeping an eye on the beans we planted. They’ve taken a bit longer than expected to sprout, but we’ve finally noticed some changes in the last few days. Unfortunately last night our egg crate was blown around by the wind, but we were able to salvage most of our little bean sprouts and replant them in a pot, so hopefully we can keep watching them for a while.





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Social Studies for Miss Rumphius






This has nothing to do with Maine or Miss Rumphius, but after noticing that Elliot had a thing for doing everything in rainbow colors today, I was reminded of a little art project I frequently did growing up. After we finished up with our Maine projects, I showed him how to do it and he loved it! He practices writing his name in cursive all the time, so he was really excited that he could do it all by himself without any help.

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Miss Rumphius


We’ll be learning about Maine while we read Miss Rumphius. Though the author never actually says it takes place there, we are given lots of clues that would suggest that it’s very likely that it does. We’ll also be continuing our study on seeds and flowers and we’ll be learning about libraries and books too.

We moved all our story disks that take place in the U.S. to our U.S. map since it allows us to be a little more precise in where they are placed.

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