Wife, Mummy, Nurse: Katy and the Big Snow #FiveonFriday

26 February 2016

Katy and the Big Snow #FiveonFriday

At the start of the school year, I had great plans of regularly posting things we did in homeschooling, but life moves quickly. After a month passed, I thought, "Why bother?" I realized that I do not have to post every week; instead, I can post when time I'm able. I have found many ideas for homeschooling online and decided to try and share things I've found helpful.

Like I wrote in the fall, we settled on Five in a Row as a general studies program for kindergarten. The idea behind Five in a Row is you read one book to your child/children throughout the week and from that book, you draw out lessons in various subjects-practical math, science, social studies, and art. I usually spend Friday and Saturday nights planning the days, reserving books from the library, and printing out pages from Pinterest. Last month when I found out we were going to have a blizzard, I decided to row Katy and the Big Snow, instead of Who Owns the Sun? (This worked out better than I realized because with February being Black History Month, rowing Who Owns the Sun? worked out wonderfully.)

Science: We learned about snow and how it's made. (Charis definitely retained the information because when we were in Pennsylvania and she went sledding, a 13 year old girl asked, "Do you know how snow is made?" She replied, "Yes. It begins with a speck..." and went on to explain it to the teenager.)

The Story of Snow by Mark Cassino

This book starts out by saying that snow starts with a speck, either ash, pollen, bacteria, or bits of salt evaporated from the ocean. Once vapor sticks to the cold speck the process is started for the speck to become a snow crystal. We also learn about the various shapes of snow crystals, and their different names. I like that there is a prominent line on each page and smaller wording underneath. If you have younger children, you might want to just read the big print to them.

Snow is Falling by Franklyn M. Branley

This book is not as technical as the previous book. Rather it explains the good and bad of snow. A few benefits of snow: 1)Snow covers plants and animals. It acts like a blanket, protecting the plants and animals from wind, ice, and cold. 2)Melted snow gives water for wells, streams, and rivers. It makes the soil ready for planting. It goes on to talk about the negative things snow can do. At the end of the book, there are two experiments listed for parents to do with their children.

Bible: The verse Charis and I memorized was Psalm 51 v 7:
Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
Math: On the opening page of Katy and the Big Snow, we learn that "Katy was a beautiful red crawler tractor." She had 55 horse power at drawbar. One of the activities Charis did was group and count pennies by fives.

Leaping Lizards by Stuart J. Murphy

Lazy lizards are getting ready for a show, but there are only five and fifty are needed. The book adds lizards in group of five until there are fifty. At times, there's a small break to explain that 10 and 10 make 20. If you're trying to teach your child to count by fives or tens, check this book out.

Social studies: This book is perfect for teaching map skills, direction, and street signs. It was very providential that the day we were going to go over map skills, Charis realized the North was not the direction she thought. I then taught her that you always need to look at the legend of a map to see what the symbols mean.

Follow that Map! by Scot Ritchie

My daughter loves looking at maps with my husband, so it was a no brainer that I should read books to help her gain more knowledge in what interests her. The books starts out by defining map and goes on to explain the different things on a map: compass rose, scale bar, landmark, symbol, legend or key, and route. Then it tells a brief story and allows the reader to find Max and Ollie. Even though we finished Katy and the Big Snow three weeks ago, Charis still asks to read Follow that Map!

Signs in Our World by

Another thing my daughter gets from my husband, reading road signs. This book is easy to read. It has close to 100 different signs. Most of the signs are street signs, but there are indoor signs included in this book. After reading this book, Charis, Justin, and I went walking around the neighborhood looking for different signs.

Art: We tied it in with the lesson on maps and compasses and made a compass collage. Template found here.

What do you do for your child's education? Public school, private school, or home school?
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  1. I love the concept of Five in a Row, and it sure looks like you guys had fun! We homeschool too - I blog about it at desperatehomeschoolers.com. Thanks so much for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday on Mommynificent.com this week!

  2. I love Virginia Lee Burton's books! Pulling together all these snow resources in a fun and engaging way must have been so rewarding for you, and for Charis. Thanks for sharing!

  3. What a great list of snow/winter books! I am leading a kindergarten co-op on snowflakes in a few weeks, s I will check these out at our library.

  4. I love the idea of drawing themed practical lessons. We've done something similar but never in an organized way like this.