Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Supplementing FLL1, Lessons 81-90

A continuation of how we're adding to First Language Lessons Level 1 to make it more kinetic learner friendly. (Click here for my posts on previous lessons.)

(Lesson 82) Mr. Nobody Poem

Thanks to the few hand signs we worked out for this poem, the boys memorized it in record time! They even performed it together as part of our local library homeschooler book club Poetry Month get together. I made a video of Builder Boy saying and signing it. (Only a few of the signs are official signs.)

Mr. Nobody, by Anonymous
I know a funny little man,      ("y" hand tickling nose)
    As quiet as a mouse,      (pretend you're nibbling cheese and talk quieter)
Who does the mischief that is done
    In everybody’s house!      (use hands to show the slant of the roof, then the walls of a house)
There’s no one ever sees his face,      (shake head, stroke face)
    And yet we all agree      (nod head)
That every plate we break was cracked     (make a circle shape with your hands, break it apart)
    By Mr. Nobody.      (use thumb to point to someone behind you)

’Tis he who always tears out books,      (make a book with your hands, pull one hand away)
    Who leaves the door ajar,     (sign door as shown in video)
He pulls the buttons from our shirts,     (pretend to pull button off your shirt)

    And scatters pins afar;      (pretend to scatter)
That squeaking door will always squeak,     (sign door again)
    For prithee, don’t you see,
We leave the oiling to be done    (twisting motion with fist)
    By Mr. Nobody.      (use thumb to point to someone behind you)

The finger marks upon the door   (pretend to make finger marks)
    By none of us are made;     (shake head)
We never leave the blinds unclosed,
    To let the curtains fade.
The ink we never spill;   the boots   (make fist, turn to the side, sign shoes by knocking fists together)

    That lying round you see
Are not our boots,—they all belong
    To Mr. Nobody.      (use thumb to point to someone behind you)
That's pretty much all we added to this group of lessons. Coming up near the end of the book, and there is quite a bit of review. There is also some writing work that we've been skipping because that's still not a strong area for Builder Boy and we feel we are getting enough copywork with Writing With Ease. Once we start FLL2 we will start doing some of the extra copywork then. But for now, having a nice easy subject that doesn't take to long and can be done mostly verbally to start off our school day is a perfect fit for us.
The lessons and the poem we got from FLL1. The original link is an affiliate link for buying it straight from the author, the picture is a link to the Amazon listing. I came up with the extra signs on my own. 

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