Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Katy and the Big Snow (Row 2)

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I am so excited to start Five in a Row again!  I adored FIAR when I did it with the boys, but I hadn't quite made the leap into adding another student fully into our homeschool day.  Eleanor is Kindergarten age and has been doing some math and has started Logic of English Foundations, but I could tell she was ready for more.  I wasn't ready to put her in AO Y1 yet, so I thought this would be the perfect transition!

Anyway, I chose Katy and the Big Snow for our first row, because we were supposed to get hit with some winter weather, and even if we didn't get a "big snow" like Katy, this is such a fun winter row!  I then realized the geography/mapping aspect would be good for introducing maps and the story disks, so it worked out well.

I tried to mostly stick to one theme per day, but that meant we weren't necessarily focusing on a single subject some days, as recommended in the manual.  We typically only school 4 days a week at home (we have a weekly co-op) so this has always been done out of necessity anyway.

Day 1 - Social Studies
Cities, Responsibility, Street Signs, Map Skills 
While I read the book, she colored a little coloring page that I found in the FIAR Facebook group, with the intention of using it as the front page for this unit.  (We're just going to put everything into a sketch notebook this year, since she has no need for a portfolio, and see how that works out.)

Much of these lessons were conversational, but she loves to draw so I asked her if she wanted to draw her own map of her own city.  She started with the road around her city, and included a fire station and fire engine, hospital and ambulance, a building for the electric company (and all the electric poles that provide power lines to the different buildings), and a pet store/vet's office, parking lots, as well as a central place for alligators and crocodiles, and a park!  She named it Star City.

Star City, in progress

She wanted to do more, so that's when we we talked about street signs.  We cut out a stop sign from a pamphlet and she colored it (even though she knows the letters are white), then drew her own on a dry erase board, before drawing a great big storm!

I'm guessing this was supposed to be related to the snow storm . . .

Monday was up to around 50 degrees, but I remained hopeful she would get some snow.

Day 2 - Geography; Language Arts; Art
Meet the Character-Katy, Personification
Art: Detailed Personality 
We had some snow flurries and a light cover and moved into a wind advisory, but no big snow.  I normally do the Story Disk on the first day (so we have all week to review) but we didn't do it Monday, so I got out our world scrunch map and we talked about Geopolis again, and she picked USA to place it.  Then I gave her a blank one to color and put in her FIAR notebook.

For Language Arts and Art we talked about Katy, then I introduced Personification and we looked ate the illustrations as discussed in the manual.  She had asked me the day before how Katy could think, then on this day she'd joked about Katy being able to talk, so it was a good day to introduce it, and the conversational art lesson tied in so naturally. After we talked about it, I asked her if she wanted to draw something that was personified.  She picked a Mermaid, because she said it's a fish with a human body that can talk.

She got a birthday card in the mail later that day, and showed me the smiling flower - I could see the surprise and recognition in her eyes!  She couldn't remember the word at first, but she was thinking of personification!

Day 3 - Science and Music
Weather, Water, Snow, Snowflakes 
We got a light covering of snow in the wee hours of the morning, but with the whole polar vortex, negative windchill weather, we did not go play in the snow.  I'm more of a "Sun Day" mom.  However, we did fill a 2-cup measuring cup full of snow, and watched it quickly melt down to less than 1/3 of a cup.

{Messy Morning Hair Don't Care}

Instead of reading the book today, I let her listen to Suite No. 3 Katy and the Big Snow.  She enjoyed the variety of it!

We read a simple reader call Water by Emily Neye.  It was very basic, so Emory (9) was not impressed and insisted on giving her more details about the water cycle and clouds afterwards!

At one point, she wanted to do something in her notebook, so she drew a snowflake, and we talked about how all snowflakes are unique.  She also made a variety of snowflakes with pattern blocks.  {Pattern blocks are great for patterns, geometry, spacial reasoning and so much more - from Preschool and up, we have used these for years!}

Day 4 - Mathematics & Drawing
Grouping and Counting by Fives
I introduced the concept, but she wasn't especially interested.

Measuring Snowfall
So I did something similar to what I did when I rowed this book with the boys, and we got out a tape measure, and measured up the wall the snowfall in inches and feet and compared our height to the snowfall!

My wild girls!  {Yes, they dressed themselves!}

As I said, she loves to draw, and was eager to put something else in her notebook, so I grabbed a Draw Write Now book.  This tractor was from the "farm" section, but she didn't care!  I have the whole set, so I think I'll align a drawing with a book whenever possible.

When she realized there were more books to row (from her story disks) she was so excited to choose the next book!  She loves cats and saw the cat story disk, so she chose Papa Piccolo!  I never rowed this one with the boys, but I was excited for her enthusiasm!

You can also check out my first row of Katy and the Big Snow with the boys.

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