Tuesday, October 30, 2012

FIAR: Storm in the Night

Storm in the Night by Mary Stolz

This story is about a little boy and his grandfather sitting through a storm that has taken out the electricity. The Grandfather, a great storyteller, tells a story of a time, when he was a young boy himself, and he was scared of storms.

This week in our row we focused primarily on weather.

Read Alouds

My Fears

Alexa and I put together a fear mapping page.


We then talked about what the Bible had to say about fears. We looked up Isaiah 40:10 and wrote it down.


The following day, I had Alexa copy the verse herself. This is the first experience she has had with copywork.

Science Notebook

Because we are now switching from Life Science to Earth Science I had Treyton design a new science binder to start collecting all of our science labs, worksheets and lapbooks. He did a great job grasping the “Earth Science” topic and included clouds, rocks, earth, the sun, stars and more on his page. IMG_5162He is a “binder kid” and prefers all of his work to be in binders (which is awesome, because I too am and “binder kid” ;)) so this was probably the highlight for him this week – A NEW BINDER!! IMG_5164

Magic School Bus Movie: Kicking Up a Storm

I found the Magic School Bus Series on DVD on Amazon, and thought it was reasonably priced considering all the episodes you got so I purchased it. The kids LOVE it and we have watched not only the storm episode to go along with this weeks weather unit, but also the digestion, germ and butterfly episodes.


We worked on reading thermometers this week, something Treyton already has down pretty well, but it was good review. IMG_5165I found a couple of easy worksheets that he completed, which I thought he would enjoy and was a good start our weather unit.

Storms & Weather

We learned what three main elements effect the weather: sun (temperature), water (moisture) and air (wind).

Science: Make a Rain Gauge

Tim made a rain gauge with Treyton on Tuesday, and luckily we actually got some rain this week. IMG_5055We ended up getting a 1/2 inch on Wednesday and then 3 inches over the weekend. IMG_5056I had actually bought a $5 rain gauge on amazon, thinking that we might not get to making a rain gauge this week (yes, my husband is awesome), but it actually ended up being nice to have the chance to compare our rain gauge’s accuracy – which it was right on!! Way to go boys!


We discussed the three main types of clouds: cumulus, stratus and cirrus this week.

And what clouds are made out of: tiny droplets of water

Science Experiment: Make a Cloud

We made our own cloud by putting hot water in a jar and some ice in a metal pan. IMG_5065After the pan had time to cool, we put it on top of the jar and watched as a cloud formed near the top of the jar.IMG_5072When we took the pan off we could actually see the cloud come out. IMG_5067

Keep a Weather & Cloud Journal

Treyton has been keeping a weather journal for a while, so I had him keep a cloud journal for a couple of weeks; while I had Alexa keep a weather journal (which she has been doing for a while) but we talked more about it than usual.

Different Types of Clouds (Craft & Lapbook)

I had Alexa make the three different types of clouds we studied this week using cotton balls. IMG_5097

Treyton completed a lapbook piece drawing each type of cloud we were studying to put into his science journal. IMG_5166


Science: Make and Anemometer

We attempted to make an anemometer to measure wind speed. IMG_5102The assembly itself wasn’t too bad, but we never did have success with it spinning the way it was supposed to (even on a windy day). Our pinwheels did much better.

Fun Craft: Make a Pinwheel

We colored and assembled pinwheels from Living Life Intentionally’s Weather Unit.    IMG_5105_edited-1




Science: What Makes the Seasons

We read “Sunshine Makes the Seasons” and did the classic orange and flashlight experiment where we stuck a skewer through the orange to show the tilt of the earth – labeling the North and South poles, and then had one student walk the earth around the sun (flashlight) to illustrate that at different times of the year we are tilted closer or further from the earth creating longer and shorter days which thus creates our seasons. IMG_5129

Season Wheel

They also colored a Seasons Spin Wheel. IMG_5168Both of the kids know the four seasons, I am working with Treyton to learn which months are a part of which seasons.

Seasons Paper Doll

Alexa colored her own paper doll with clothes for all different seasons. IMG_5159I thought she would love this activity, but to be honest, it was like pulling teeth to get her to color and cut it out. Oh well, you win some, you lose some.  IMG_5160    

Art: Paint a Rainbow


Extra Links

Storm in the Night @ Homeschool Share

Online Cloud Matching Game

Storm in the Night Row @ Living and Learning Now

Storm in the Night Row @ Kinder Days

Cloud & Evaporation Experiment for Toddlers

FREE 40 Page Weather Unit

Weather Stick Puppets

Squishy Paint Sun Craft 


Scholastic Water Cycle cartoon
The Magic School Bus "Water Cycle"
Bill Nye the Science Guy "Water Cycle" part 1, part 2, part 3
Bill Nye the Science Guy "Storms" part 1, part 2, part 3

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Artist Study: Henri Matisse

Books We Read

Pieces of Art We Studied:

image The Roof of Collioure

image The Plum Blossoms

image The Snail

image The King’s Sadness

image Harmony in Red

image Woman with a Hat

Activities and Art Projects

Treyton painted a copy of Woman with a Hat from Making Learning Fun



While studying A King’s Sadness we completed the puzzle from Confession’s of a Homeschoolers Artist Study


While studying The Roof of Collioure we discussed the technique of pointillism. We used crayons and melted them with candles to create our own dot-filled creations. This project actually took a long while to complete – several hours, but we loved it!



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And the finished projects:

IMG_5173 Treyton’s he called it “The Bright Blue Sky”

IMG_5174 Mom’s

IMG_5175Alexa’s – it was supposed to be a letter S (for her last name) but she got overly excited with all the colors :)

When studying The Snail we discussed Matisse’s style he called painting with scissors. We painted 6 pages of colors (which worked out perfectly during the week Alexa was learning about color mixing :)) and then the kids cut them out and created their own works of art.  IMG_5242  IMG_5245


(For some reason I don’t have a picture of Alexa’s, but it turned out nice).

We had a great time studying about the artist Matisse.

This study took us about 6 weeks to complete.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Daily Board & Notebook

I went back and forth on what to use this year for our daily elements. I love the daily board that we’ve been using, and the convenience of it on the wall – the obviousness of it – but the truth is I knew it could be better and more convenient.

In addition to the daily board, I have gone back to a “daily binder” for both of the kids. With the age difference between them, having individual daily binders ensures that I touch on the things that each child is currently learning or trying to memorize. There are some things they are doing together, but others that they are doing on their own.

Daily Notebook (Both Kids)


  • Godly Character Traits @ Sarah’s Sweeties
    • This post is actually well past it’s prime in being posted, and for the sake of time I have recently removed these pages from the kid’s binder, however, I really did like them; it was just a matter of a good thing versus time issues.
  • State Pages @1+1+1=1
  • Calendar Pieces I got from all over, some from 1+1+1=1, some from Mama Jenn and a few from Confessions (I think)


    • This is the biggest variety in Treyton’s binder, he has a few more calendar sheets than Alexa including Make the Date with Money and Write the Date worksheet.



USA Map & World Map @ Super Teachers Worksheets –

  • With Alexa we are currently reviewing three states (Wisconsin, Maine and Florida. We will add to these throughout the year as she masters them).


  • With Treyton I am now, instead of calling out the name of a state and having him find it – I am having him find and name a specified number of states on his own (usually between 5-10). On the world map Treyton will review the continents and oceans.
  • Pledge of Allegiance & The Lord’s Prayer @ Homeschool Creations – The kids already have the Pledge of Allegiance memorized, we recite it about once a week if we remember. I want to start working on the Lord’s prayer soon. IMG_5181
  • Address and Phone Number @ Confessions of a Homeschooler. Treyton has both our address and phone number memorized, but I like to review it with him often, so he doesn’t forget. Lexie has the phone number down, and part of our address.

Alexa’s Preschool Binder


Colors @ 1+1+1=1

Alphabet Chart @ Busy Teacher’s Cafe (They have tons of other helpful printables for mini offices if you’re interested). As Alexa learns the sounds that letters make, and not just the simple 1 sound we’re typically taught, but all the sounds that one letter makes, she gets to put a sticker on that letter. For example for c she has to know that it says both /k/ and /s/.

Confessions of a Homeschooler Preschool Daily Learning Binder Pages IMG_5187I only printed off the month and the days of the week calendar portions to add to Alexa’s binder. She really enjoys this element. IMG_5188

100s Chart @ Super Teacher Worksheets. I have Alexa practice counting every day by ones and sometimes by twos, and now we are working on 10s. I have her go as high as she can. She is currently counting to 39 with no problem.

 IMG_3717Daily Board Elements

I took Mama Jenn’s genius idea and put our calendar elements on the rings which has made it SOOO much more convenient – to the point that the kids are able to start their daily board without me completely (sooo nice)! I am liking this system so much better.

I also added to our daily board:

  • Shape Cards
  • The Lord’s Prayer which is our current memory work as a family
  • Seasons Wheel
  • Time Clock
  • The Books of the Bible for review
  • Weather from Confessions of a Homeschooler
  • Days of School Chart

We usually review the elements of the daily board all together once or twice a week rather than doing it everyday, just for the sake of time. But the kids will update our calendar and calendar elements daily because they enjoy it and because with this new system, THEY CAN!