Until last month.
We began our FIAR journey with The Story About Ping. We had actually read the story a while back ago, but “rowing” the book made it SO much more meaningful, and the story itself quickly became a favorite for my kids.
We started off with an oral reading and discussion, using the FIAR Christian Character and Bible Supplement to guide our conversation. That first day was rather interesting. I found that my son had a hard time with understanding why Ping had to get a “spanking” since he didn’t think he had done anything wrong. I heard him out, and we discussed it a bit further. We also talked about consequence in general, both positive and negative, and why obedience was important. We also discussed the importance of using discernment when making decisions and ended up going much deeper than I had anticipated. It really was fruitful in many ways.
Over the next four days, we did a number of hands-on activities. First, we read about life in China in Children Just Like Me.
We then used our Melissa and Doug World Maps to identify and color China.
The kids were then inspired to make their own “porcelain” and used air clay to make their own bowls. (I love when they come up with their own creative ideas!)
We then enjoyed eating an Asian stir fry with chopsticks, which soon became a favorite utensil.
We then looked a bit at science and how things sink and float. We used this worksheet to make predictions about each item then tested each in water.
The children were excited to discover how some things would float until filled with water.
We also studied ducks and how their feathers are coated with oil to keep them from getting soaked in the water. I found this idea on Pinterest and cut out two paper bag “ducks” for each child. The children brushed olive oil on one of the ducks. They then dropped water on both the oiled duck and the plain paper duck to see how the oil keeps the water off.
We also used this printable to cut and paste the body parts of a duck.
Then, we used this printable to graph each of the members of Ping’s family.
Finally, we looked at the artistic way the artist showed movement in water. I drew Ping in various poses from the book then had the children draw the curved lines to show movement.
The children also practiced using different pencil colors to color a sunset.
Finally, we used this hands-on activity to sequence the events in the story.
The week was such a success, and they grew so fond of the book overall. The neatest part was watching how excited they were to listen to the book on the very last day. I thought that they would be “tired” of it and had them work on one of the activities while I read, thinking that it would be enough for them to just listen. Instead, I found them both staring straight at the book, mouths slightly opened, and just as mesmerized as when we read it on the very first day.
It was amazing.
We will definitely be “rowing” more books soon!
Which are your favorite FIAR books?
Click here for the printables we used during our “row.”
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