Monday, February 16, 2015

Five In A Row: Katy and the Big Snow

For the past two weeks, we've been reading Katy and the Big Snow, which is a favorite around here for most of us.  I *almost* hoped it would snow as a great book illustration, but alas, it did not (probably just as well as LittleBear loathes anything cold).

Our calendar board for the week...

For Bible/Character Building, we talked about Responsibility and what that means.  We also talked about how Katy's responsibility was to clear the snow and I challenged LittleBear to think about what his responsibilities are.  In addition, we read stories each day out of our Children's Book of Character Building Book 2 and also out of our Read and Share Devotional.

For language arts and math, we continued to do pages out of Math-U-See Primer (lesson 25) and Explode the Code 2 (lesson 9).  We also finished our Handwriting Without Tears Kindergarten book.

For Social Studies, we talked about community helpers (sing it with me! "Oh, who are the people in your neighborhood?...")/running a city and then built our own city!  I had LittleBear cut out labels and then build and label each building.  We talked about what the city would be like if it didn't have an X (like a grocery store or fire station).

Cutting out labels! 

A Fire House and Pharmacy labeled...

The whole city with a pile of unused bricks in the middle...I think our white furry helper also took out a couple of buildings when his curiosity got the best of him...

Our beloved white furry helper who ALWAYS comes running when we sit on the couch to read a book together...

After that, we spent the rest of the week focusing on developing map skills.  We talked about where we are on a map from planet to street address and also reading a map, north/south/east/west, etc.  LittleBear loves maps, so this part of the week really interested him!

LittleBear's work this particular day...He did it all himself and I am crazy proud...this is huge improvement for him!

For Science, we talked a little about winter, but mostly about snow, snowflakes, etc.  LittleBear's favorite was learning about "Snowflake Bentley," a farmer in Vermont who was fascinated by snowflakes and tried to photograph them in the late 1800s-early 1900s.  When I explained that Grams' family lived in that same area of Vermont, he got super excited!

All-in-all, we enjoyed these two weeks and are already enjoying our new book this week!  Hooray for books!

Resources and printables I used for Katy and the Big Snow can be found at:
People In Your Neighborhood on Youtube (we watched several different ones of these)

Go Along Books we used for Katy and the Big Snow (* indicate ones we especially liked):
*The Mitten by Alvin Tresselt
*The Mystery of the Missing Red Mitten by Steven Kellogg
*The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
*There's A Map on My Lap by Tish Rabe
*The Tiny Snowflake by Arthur Ginolfi
*t's Snowing by Gail Gibbons
*Flakes and Flurries by Josepha Sherman
*Snow by Uri Shultevitz
*The Secret Life of a Snowflake by Kenneth Libbrecht
*Snowplows by Jeffrey Zuehlke
*Follow that Map!  A First Book of Mapping Skills by Scot Ritchie
*North, South, East, West by Franklyn Mansfield
*Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin
*The Story of Snow by Mark Cassino with Jon Nelson, PhD
*What Do People Do All Day?  by Richard Scarry
*In the Town All Year Round by Rotraut Susanne Berner

Putting our story disk on the map, since we don't have a "Geopolis," we chose NYC who was receiving record snowfall at the time...

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