This week we rowed “Katy and the Big Snow” by Virginia Lee Burton. A cute little story about a red tractor by the name of Katy. After the little town of Geopolis is snowed in after a blizzard, Katy is the only one that can save the day.
(New this Week) Felt Board I spent some time this weekend and made a felt board. Alexa spent some time building a house and yard out of shapes. This went along well with this book which focused on town life, and responsibility.
We also did some map activities. On the third or fourth page of the book there is a map of Geopolis with a key surrounding it. Treyton and I worked on finding a number and then finding the correlating building. We did this every day we read the book, he enjoyed it so much. We decided to practice some map skills by coloring a map of Wisconsin and labeling where we lived.
If you ask Lexie where she lives, she knows. It was good, to have her do a map exercise to show her.
Treyton’s Map Studies In MFW, we learned about the French exploring Michigan, the great lakes and the Mississippi river. They made friends with the Indians who traded canoes with them. We learned about how they would portage their canoes. Coincidentally Tim (my hubby) is from Portage, and Mommer and Papa still live there, it’s a place that Treyton knows well. So we talked about why the city is called Portage. I had Treyton draw the major rivers of Wisconsin, and then where Portage is located - he understood even more why it was called that. He did a great job.
Painting with Tractor Treads Katy is a tractor (obviously), and has treads instead of wheels. We wanted to take a closer look at how different tires make different tracks.
The best way we thought to do this was painting with tires.
A simple activity that we did this week was to just play with tractors. To be honest, Lexie doesn’t play with trucks much, so this was a different type of play-time for her, it was good for her.
Build a city with blocks and trains.
Make our own Weather-Wheel
Alexa colored, cut and glued the weather wheel.
More Map Skills – Drawing the Neighborhood and Bedroom
I had Lexie attempt to map her bedroom. She drew her bed, which was great, the rest of the room were mostly scribbles but they all represented something to her ;)
Painting with Snow
Her original narration:
“Katy is a red tractor, she has wings to push the snow. She pushed the snow. She helped the people, get to the hospital over there. Katy was a hard worker. She worked hard and hard. Work and work and work.”
Retold as she flipped through the story:
“Katy was a red tractor. She pushed the snow in the whole city. A tractor went in the water, Katy pulled the tractor out. Katy came out in the big snow. It was raining, and snow. It dropped and dropped – five drops. Katy be a hard worker going in the snow. Katy pushed the snow to help people, the whole city. Katy worked hard all to over there. Katy kept going and going. There was an airplane, Katy pushed the snow so the airplane could come. Katy went home tired, she was a hard worker.”
We are loving our FIAR journey so far. It’s working out so much better this way. Next week, we will be doing a B4FIAR book (Blueberries for Sal) and from there I think we will be doing Curious George, I think :)