Books, Picture Books

FIAR – Hello Lighthouse

Your word is lamp on my feet a light on my path. Psalms 119:105

祢 的 话 是 我 脚 前 的 灯 , 是 我 路 上 的 光 。诗篇 119:105

Hello Lighthouse – Winner of the Caldecott Medal in 2019, Sophie Blackall, author and illustrator, painted a beautiful story of the life of a lighthouse keeper. The story evolved along with his life as he got married and became a dad while fulfilling his duties as a lighthouse keeper on the highest rock of a tiny island. Regardless of seasons and weather conditions, the lighthouse and the keeper remained as a beacon.

We were crawling through this book from Christmas to New Year and through CNY! A wonderful way to end and start the year by reminding ourselves that God is our lighthouse; with scripture verse from Psalms 119:105.

"Your word is lamp on my feet a light on my path."
Love it that I found the mandarin translated version from the library

Here are some of our go-along activities…

Experimenting with Light – How light travels; through different objects such as mirror, opaque box, translucent paper.

White Light: Why spinning a wheel of rainbow colours produce white light?


Tape resist canvas painting

And how can we forget our lovely lap book to document her “Hello Lighthouse” learning journey.

Art & Craft, BFIAR, Books, Learning Through Play

Before Five in a Row (II)

The Big Green Pocketbook, Caps for Sale, Angus Lost, Blueberries for Sal

I decided to journal my BFIAR journey (in parts) with younger Gem as I was clearing photos to make more space in my phone. How I miss spending more time with her and older Gem previously before they started formal school. We took a BFIAR hiatus as they started school but I think I would like to resume and possibly move on to FIAR (for younger Gem) and Beyond FIAR (for older Gem).

Each book we rowed has a key memory verse as well as lap book to “document” her activities as keepsake. More than a year on, we still have them and she would take them out for a “review”!

The Big Green Pocketbook by Candice Ransom

“The fruit of the spirit is kindness.” Galatians 5:22

“圣灵所结的果子是恩慈。”加拉太书 5:22

The key theme I was trying to bring out from this story was kindness. The kindness of the people the character met when she went to town as well as the bus driver who returned her pocketbook, which contained her entire day! Kindness is doing good and not expecting anything in return.

We also discussed about the invisible bucket from “Have You Filled Your Bucket Today?”

Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina

“In your anger do not sin.” Ephesians 4:26

“生气却不要犯罪。” 以弗所书 4:26

Angus Lost by Marjorie Flack

“I will not be afraid for you are close beside me.” Psalms 23:4

“因为祢与我同在。” 诗篇 23:4

Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey

“Wherever you go I will go.” Ruth 1:16

“你往哪里去,我也往那里去。”路得记 1:16

When grandpa gives you blueberries, read “Blueberries for Sal” and make blueberry muffins!

Credits: https://www.homeschoolcreations.net/printables-from-a-to-z-from-homeschool-creations/