While the kids listened to me read, they colored geometric designs. Mindware has some free samples of their coloring books that are perfect for this.
I divided the book into twelve lessons.
Read p. 6-27. Point out the places mentioned on a map.
Our first activity was to find shapes out in nature and draw the object and the shape: the circle of a dandelion, the triangle of clover leaves, the star of a rose's sepals. There was much to find and Zahana and Rohan did as well as Miah and Larkin.
We also looked around the house for shapes in man-made objects. After practicing some geometric designs, such as spiral, wave, square, circle, cross-hatches, zig-zags, and triangles, and looking at pictures of Native American geometric designs, each of the kids drew a picture of patterns and geometric designs.
Lesson 2 involved the sun and shadows. We've had lots of overcast days and haven't had a chance to do the projects I planned, so I'll share lesson 2 another day.
Read p. 36-46. Locate places discussed on a map.
Look at aerial pictures of fields and farmland on internet. Notice right angles.
Look at right angles around the house, outside – poles, trees, houses, etc.
I gave the kids a board, hammer, nails, string, and marker, and told them to construct a right angle and then a square. I made sure the board didn't have any right angles on it. Going by the info we read in the book, the kids were able to figure out how to do this. In retrospect, I should have given them something more forgiving to work with, like clay to poke their nails into.
After making the triangle, we checked their work with a protractor.
Perfect! This activity helps them to remember the 3-4-5 right triangle.
Next, the kids made a plumb line and level. I told them they could use anything they wanted. They used mini popsicle sticks, which made for very small instruments, but it worked!