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FIAR: Katy and The Big Snow

March 13, 2012

I like 'rowing' our books in season-- part of the Melancholy in me; wanting things in some type of order!  However, with such a mild winter and other lessons going on, we just never got around to rowing "Katy and The Big Snow", until now.  March has brought us some very windy weather, with a day of snow flurries, but it was gone within hours.  We were able to get outside once this winter and play in the snow, but that was it!  I'm not complaining though; the first snowfall of the season is always pretty and I love having snow at Christmas time, but after that... the cold weather/snow can hitch a ride somewhere else! 
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T really enjoyed this book and I enjoyed getting to cuddle up and read it to him.  With the exception of reading before nap time, he is not much of a cuddler (is that a word?!) during our Five in a Row readings; I think because he liked the book he was more apt to cuddle with me.  More often than not, he sits on one of his ride on cars.  I love snuggle time with him, though!  My little boy is growing up....

We "rowed" another book by Virginia Lee Burton earlier in this school year; we read "Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel."  Both books are full of charm; it's a no wonder both are considered classics.  Katy and The Big Snow is about a hard working red tractor who "becomes a heroine as she finally gets a chance to work and fulfill her responsibilities" (summary from FIAR manual).

Social Studies:
  • Using Beginning Geography, T learned the points of the compass.  We have talked about cardinal directions before, so it was a bit of a review, too. 
  • To practice more with cardinal directions, we played "If You Were Katy."  I placed several community location pictures, as well as signs to indicate N, S, E, W, around our living room.  T rolled the die to find out where he was to go to. 
  • T and his snowplow!  I attatched a hamper to his ride-on toy! 
     Before he set off to help, we talked about which way the needle would point on our printable compass; then, he was on his way.  He worked hard, just like Katy : )  T had a lot of fun playing this game! 
  • Completed a Road Signs lapbook page from Homeschool Share.
Language Arts:
  • T is one page away from finishing up Explode the Code book 1 and I am just so proud of him!  ETC combined with All About Spelling, really helped him gain confidence in blending his sounds together to read!  I picked up a Little Critters "Play Ball" early readers book and he read most of it without my help!  Finding beginning readers is tough!  They are either too easy and/or a little bit too wordy and over-whelm him. 
  • We revisited Personification; I gathered a bunch of toys and had T sort them into two piles: objects that showed some type of human characteristic and not-personified.  Afterwards he placed eye stickers on a bunch of his toys and we made up stories together!  He is such an animated story-teller, usually using actions rather than words to describe/ show something! 
  • Copywork
  • Counted by 5's
  • I introduced T to measuring in inches and feet; T really enjoys measuring things, so I pulled out a long piece of butcher paper from his art easel and we measured how much snow fell in the city of Geopolis.  I worked with T on measuring 4 inches, 10 inches, 2 feet, 3 feet, and 5 feet.  Then I made some snow paint and we covered the piece of paper! 
  •  Afterwards, T had fun rolling his cars in the snow but unfortunately they all got "stuck" just like in the story-- but we couldn't find our Katy to help them out, so they just stayed there!  I left T to feed Little Sis, but loved hearing him play with his cars. 
     Five feet of snow is a lot!!   
  • Made a "How Many Inches" worksheet for T to complete:
  • I found a website full of Kindergarten Math activities based on Ohio standards. T played "Measure with Paperclips," "Measure with Inches," "Which Tool to Measure With," and "Math Lingo"; after one of the measurement activities, you could "set off" fireworks and another you could build your own house.  Definitely will be checking this site more more ideas!   
  • Cut and paste Rainbow City activity: a mix of St. Patrick's Day and big city life : )
  • Snowman Puzzle: I cut a snowman into strips that T had to piece back together.  Afterwards, I asked T if he wanted to add a couple of buttons, and a couple turned into a snowman COVERED in buttons! 
  • Well, I was hoping for one last snowfall... and it didn't come, so we just read a couple of books about snow. 
And, just for fun we made some yummy white chocolate covered banana snowmen-- YUM!

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I usually have our next book somewhat planned and I have nothing yet!  I am thinking we will row "Clown of God" by Tomie de Paola to work in the rainbow/ St. Patrick's Day theme.... stay tuned!


Brittney said...

My boys enjoy Burton's books too!

jmommymom said...

We love this book. I did five in a row with my son a few years ago and it was wonderful. Now we still homeschool and although he has outgrown Five in a Row we still use similar homeschooling techniques.

Vicki said...

Hey! A road commission lesson! Cool!!! ;-) That snow plow you fashioned for him was so creative!!! You always impress me with these neat lesson plans.

Mariel @ The Learning Basket said...

Love the ideas! I followed you on Pinterest!

Michelle said...

I love the snow plow you created for your son what a clever idea! I feel like we did not read or do many snowy day activities here for the same reason, the mild winter did not motivate me to think about snow. I guess last year made up for it :) Thank you for linking up to stART and sharing your ideas!


Enchanted Homeschooling Mom said...

What great ideas! I love the cardinal directions with the snow plow (that's very creative!). Don't you just LOVE the Explode the Code series! Thank you for linking up this week to my Enchanted Thursdays Blog Hop!

Enchanted Homeschooling Mom said...

What great ideas! I love the cardinal directions with the snow plow (that's very creative!). Don't you just LOVE the Explode the Code series! Thank you for linking up this week to my Enchanted Thursdays Blog Hop!

Enchanted Homeschooling Mom said...

What great ideas! I love the cardinal directions with the snow plow (that's very creative!). Don't you just LOVE the Explode the Code series! Thank you for linking up this week to my Enchanted Thursdays Blog Hop!

Lorie said...

Love all the ideas but I know my son would REALLY love the "plow" you added to the ride-on toy! I'll have to remember that one! :)

Thanks so much for linking up to Kid's Co-op!

CacheyMama said...

I LOVE the snow plow! All the great learning that is going on is awesome and looks like so much fun. Thanks for linking up to Thinky Linky Thursday!
Lori @ Cachey Mama’s Classroom

Erica said...

I agree the snow plow is a fantastic idea.

Jane@Buzzmills said...

Love the snow plow, compass and street signs ideas!!! It's funny how you just take those street signs for granted, but only b/c you've always known them! Thanks for stopping by! Have a great weekend!

Abby said...

What a great row, I'm excited to use some of the ideas when we row it next winter! I love the activities for teaching directions.

JDaniel4's Mom said...

What a great unit! I love the snow plow and snowman! I pinned this post!

Thank you for linking to Read.Explore.Learn.

Michelle said...

Fun! The snow plow is great. Love how Abby is peering over the edge of her high chair to see what he is doing. :)

Carla at Preschool Powol Packets said...

These are fabulous ideas! I love the sock snow play--that's the only kind of snow we get around here!! Thank you for sharing at Teach Me Tuesday!!

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