This semester, I’m tweaking our schedule a bit so we’ll have more time for literature-based unit studies. During my planning time prior to this semester, I had the opportunity to spend several hours at our local homeschool store, poring through different curricula that use this method.
We already use Tapestry of Grace for history, so this concept of building a series of learning ideas around a piece of literature isn’t totally foreign to me.
As I looked through each of the different books at our local homeschool store, I could more easily wrap my brain around what this might look like in our own homeschool. I also had the privilege of having a dear friend walk me through each step, which was also helpful. 😉
Over the course of this semester, we are reading some selections from Five in a Row, some from Tapestry of Grace, and several selections from Beautiful Feet. The rest of the books I chose are wonderful, timeless classics that we love.
Even though we’ve read them over and over, we’re going to read them again with a fresh eye and new activities to go along with them.
As we incorporate more literature-based studies into our homeschool, I’ll publish those here so you can use them with your own little people.
The Story About Ping
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This past week, my girls and I read The Story About Ping by Marjorie Wiese.
My girls are 6 1/2, 4 1/2, and 3 and to say they adored this book is an understatement. Once they figured out that we were using the book all week, they squealed in delight!
Each day, the big question at breakfast was, “When are we reading Ping?”
We completed several of the suggestions listed in Five in a Row and also added in a few of our own.
One the first questions from the book was about the barrel on the little boy’s back, so that sent us in a neat direction to study things that float and things that sink…and why they do that.
My oldest daughter practiced tally marks using all of Ping’s family members and my little girls worked on counting and recognizing numbers.
I also made a book report-type printable for my 1st grader. We’re learning how to find the author, illustrator, copyright date, and more.
My girls love handwriting, so I also made a few handwriting pages for them with words taken from the story.
The Story About Ping Printables
I created several printables related to The Story About Ping.
In this 10-page printable set, you’ll find:
- How Many of Each? – Count the number of Ping’s family members and answer the word problems at the bottom
- How Many of Each-Tally Marks – After counting Ping’s family, write those amounts as tally marks
- Color the Duck – Color the duck using the simple directions
- China flag – Color the flag of China; includes handwriting practice
- Count & Color Ping’s Family – Color the number of ducks according to the directions
- Does It Float or Sink? – Fill in the chart with your predictions and results of various objects
- Book Report – Complete the Book Report page with facts from the story
- Writing Practice – Practice handwriting using words from the story.
I hope your little ones enjoy Ping as much as we did! Happy Reading!