Friday, January 22, 2016

BFIAR: Caps for Sale!">Caps for Sale: A Tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys and Their Monkey Business
This week in Before Five in a Row, Silas, Titus and I read the book "Caps for Sale". They really enjoyed this book, especially the mischievous monkeys who steal the peddler's caps!

On Monday, we read the book and then talked about trees. I found a worksheet where Silas could label the four main parts of a tree - leaves, branches, trunk and bark. I wrote the words on the marker board, and he had to copy them on the paper. He did a great job!

On Tuesday, we talked about money since the peddler sold his caps for fifty cents each. I made a simple worksheet with a square for a penny, nickel, dime and quarter. I let them do a coin rubbing of each one and write the amount each coin is worth.

On Wednesday, we read about monkeys and made a mini-monkey book. We also counted the caps in the book, and Silas helped me "read" it.
On Thursday, Silas made a bar graph counting the different colored hats the peddler had. Then I had him draw a picture of his favorite page in the book. I found a short sentence to match the picture and had him do "copy work". I wrote one word at a time on the marker board as he copied them down. He did a pretty good job.
On Friday, we are going to make chocolate covered bananas and just read the story for enjoyment!
In math, Silas worked on addition with counting cubes. He practiced counting to 30 and saying the months of the year.
 In All About Reading, he learned the lowercase "q", "r", "s", and "t". I have discovered that Silas learns best when playing games - it engages his attention and helps him with retention. So I made a few file folder games and laminated some simple 4-6 piece puzzles {that are mixed up in a bag}. He has to draw a flashcard and complete the action - either say the letter or match it to the uppercase letter. Then he can draw one puzzle piece and start completing the puzzles or do one step on the file folder game. It helped a lot, and he didn't complain about "flash cards" as he usually does!
We had a fun and busy week! How about you?


  1. How fun! Caps Sale has been one of our favorites! The kiddos love the monkeys! Thanks for hosting!

    1. My boys loved reading this book each day! Thanks for linking up.

  2. Looks like a fun one! We haven't rowed this one yet, but my 6 year old wants to study monkeys, so we might do this one soon and extend it into a "primates" unit to include the big kids.

    1. If my boys would have been a little older, we would have extended the monkey theme! Thanks for linking up.

  3. Brings back such fun memories! My girls still love getting out the hats I bought for this book and balancing them on their heads.