Weekly Wrap-Up: Verbs and Adverbs

Now that the Olympics are over, we needed a new topic to focus on for a month or so. I was browsing the children’s nonfiction shelves at our local library, and got inspired by a series of Words Are CATegorical books. We’re learning about words this month. Everything from parts of speech to figures of speech to where words come from is fair game. As a bonus, we’ll be reading a biography of a famous woman in celebration of Women’s History Month.

We started with verbs and adverbs (mainly because I had to request the noun book). The books are To Root, to Toot, to Parachute: What Is a Verb? and Dearly, Nearly, Insincerely: What Is An Adverb? by Brian P. Cleary. There’s a whole series of these books, and we’ll be using a number of them over the next few weeks. Cleary describes the part of speech in rhyming text that amusingly illustrates how to use that type of word by example. I even managed to learn a few new types of adverbs. (Hint: they don’t all end in -ly.)

Our biography for the week was about Henrietta Leavitt, called Look Up!: Henrietta Leavitt, Pioneering Woman Astronomer by Robert Burleigh. I had never heard of her, but thought she’d be a nice complement to our Big Bang unit study last month. As a bonus, she was referenced briefly in The Cancer Chronicles, which I just finished. I love when books overlap like that.

We did get out of the house on Thursday and headed to the Erie Maritime Museum to round out our lessons on the War of 1812. I forget what a nice little museum that is, and I had never been in the upstairs area before. We got a tour from an excellent guide, who took us on the Flagship Niagara even in the freezing cold. Highly recommended if you’re ever in the area.

And those were the book highlights of our week!

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