Friday, January 30, 2015

Five In A Row: Storm In The Night

This week we read a book I was initially hesitant to read, but has ended up being a really great choice for us.  I was concerned someone might start becoming afraid of thunderstorms, but ironically, the opposite has happened in that now I have two kids who love to talk about them.  Go figure!!!  This homeschooling thing is full of surprises.

Anyone who has talked to LadyBear this week might have heard that it's important to not stand under a tree, but instead go inside if there is a thunderstorm outside.  FYI, she is very passionate about this...
 Our girl, getting into the true spirit of the week with her lightning mask...

Each day we read the story from the Bible where Jesus calms the storm from the boat, using a different Bible or Bible story book we had in the house.

For Social Studies each day, we talked about the emotion of Fear and what we do when we find we are afraid.  The first day we talked about prayer and putting on our Armor of God.

 Armor of God Bear helps illustrate for us!

The next day we talked about reading the Bible and seeing what it has to say, since we believe it is true.
 Reading some Bible verses addressing fear that Mom chose for him..

Then we talked about listening to Praise and Worship songs when we are afraid.

Jammin' out to some songs about not being afraid because God is always with us...

The fourth day we talked about the importance of talking with Mom or Dad when we are afraid, so they can help us work through it.  Then the last day we talked about practical ways to prepare ourselves (within reason) in case a bad storm does happen.  We talked about storm safety and I showed the kids our emergency kits and what was included and talked about what we do if a bad storm hits us.
Ben going through his emergency (72 hr) kit, we found several things we need to update!

For Science each day, we tried to cover a different topic relating to storms.  I found a lot of great worksheets that were a major help here (linked in my Pinterest board if you're looking for them).  We learned about the Water Cycle and defined evaporation, condensation, and precipitation...

We studied different types of clouds...
Talking through different types of clouds...

We talked about how Clouds form with a cool science experiment...

We looked at the mechanics of thunderstorms in particular...
 Fun with static electricity!

And then we went to see the Magic School Bus "Kicking Up A Storm" exhibit at the Mayborn Museum that talks all about weather and thunderstorms!

Water Cycle review!!!

Math and Language Arts along with Handwriting were accomplished through our normal daily worksheets.  LittleBear has finished the Handwriting Without Tears Kindergarten book, but still needs practice, so I have been pulling some free worksheets off the web for him to do each day.

Loving the blue corn chips and the worksheets (ok, maybe not the worksheets so much...)

For Art, we talked about a few different paintings I found that addressed rain...We also tried drawing our own storm.

 Yup, that's a basket of unclean laundry in the background...just keepin' it real, y'all!

 LittleBear and his supercell thunderstorm complete with tornado!

And for our fun food activity, we attempted to make cloud cookies (you know, those cute puffy cookies made of meringue)...

So excited to be in the kitchen together!

Clearly meringue is not my gift...Oh well, the fun is in the trying, right?

All in all, I think this is the best week of school we have had in a while...mostly because Momma tried to have a really good attitude the whole week :)  We had SO many great books this week, it was really hard to get through them all, but we made it through most of them and even kept a few to read for fun next week.

Resources and printables I used for Storm In the Night can be found at:
Go Along Books we used for Storm In the Night (* indicate ones we especially liked):
*Little Cloud by Eric Carle
*Oh Say Can You Say What's the Weather Today? by Tish Rabe
*Weather (A Scholastic First Discovery Book) by Gallimard Jeunesse and Pascale de Bourgoing
*God's Armor for Me by Amelia Shearer
*Meteorology (A True Book) by Christine Taylor-Butler
*Down Comes the Rain by Franklyn M. Branley
*Flash, Crash, Rumble and Roll by Franklyn M. Branley
*A Raindrop's Journey by Suzanne Slade
*Thunderstorms (A True Book) by Chana Stiefel
*Watching the Weather: Thunder and Lightning by Elizabeth Miles
*Storms and the Earth by Nikki Bundey
*Like A Hundred Drums by Annette Griessman
*Lightning: Sheets, Streaks, Beads and Balls by Suzanne Harper
*Inside LIghtning by Melissa Stewart
*Storms by Seymour Simon
*A Drop of Water by Gordon Morrison
Hurricanes and Tornadoes (Eyewitness) by Jack Challoner (we didn't get to read this one)
Tales of Thunder & Lightning by Harry Devlin (we didn't get to read this one)
Experiements With Weather (A True Book) by Salvatore Tocci
Thundercake by Patricia Polacco (a lot of people rave about this one, but some of us couldn't get past the fact that the grandmother and child were walking around outside during a scary thunderstorm to collect the ingredients for the cake)

We chose to put our story disk on Tornado Alley because there was no specific location mentioned in the book...

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