Friday, January 10, 2014

Snow Theme (PreK-1)

Happy New Year! We ended up with a "Frozen" world here in the Great Lakes state.  Hit with an ice storm and so thankful God kept our power on, when everyone around us had lost theirs.  Then this past week we were buried with snow, not sure how much, our ruler got buried and I have no idea where it is anymore?! Roughly around 18" or so of snow.  So to start our first week back into school after the holidays what a perfect time to do a snow theme! With plenty of snow in the yard, a little too cold to play in since arctic chill hit us with -30+ degrees in wind chill, I mean brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr, especially for me since I am NOT the snow bunny! I mean I literally despise winter and it's WAY too long in this state.  But just because I don't like it, doesn't mean my kids won't, so snow fun here we go!!!

Here is our circle time board:

Every morning we reviewed the poster board, calendar, weather, read a book about snow, and did our morning discussion.  Here is what we discussed each day:
1. Did you know snowflakes are all different?
2. What can you make in snow?
3. How is snow formed?
4. What are snow caps?
5. How do you build a snowman?

Our Bible time began with our daily prayer each day.  My Funky Monkey has this prayer memorized now, so he leads me in it - which is just awesome!
Our Bible Point is "God's Child is Forgiven!" So, we read the following Bible stories this week:
1. The Prodigal Son
2. Jesus' Death on the Cross
3. Jonah and the Whale
4. Jacob and Esau

We discussed how each story showed us that God's Child is Forgiven.  Taught him what "forgiveness" means and what it looks like.

And we made our verse page to add to our "Bible" Journal, here it is:

And of course he earned his award for memorizing his Scripture.  We are going to make a journal page for each verse this year and review them on a monthly basis.  God is showing me more and more that this is the importance to our homeschool, it's our foundation.  To seep my children in the Word of God!

Here is a glimpse of the rest of the activities we did this week:
Making Snow Cream!
Click HERE for the recipe.
We made both vanilla and chocolate.

Chocolate was his favorite!

Chunky Monkey had no preference, he wanted BOTH!

Snowflake Bead Craft
We got this from Oriental Trading.

First he sorted all the beads out by color.

Then using a pattern, put the beads on each
side of the snowflake.

And voila! Beautiful snowflake!
He chose to hang it in our new school area.

Science Experiment
We talked about what freezing point is.
I gave him a thermometer and had him put it
in different areas to read it.
(1) The window pane to read outside temp of -10*F
(2) The freezer to read temp of -25*F
(3) The refrigerator to read temp of 36*F

Then I asked him if we filled balloons up with water,
would it freeze into ice outside? He said yes, so 
we tested it! Our balloon ended up more like
and ice bowl instead of an ice ball though. But it did freeze!

Our Math Workbox!
We are working on the one's addition facts.
So I have snowman drill cards, giant buttons,
addition puzzles for one facts, and cubes.
We also used this song to help learn the addition
one facts, click HERE for video.

We learned the following for math lessons:
(1) Adding by counting on from the larger number
(2) Adding in any order (1+2=2+1)
(3) Writing addition stories
(4) Problem Solving Addition Stories

Addition Snowman Building Worksheet
He cut out the snowballs to build the snowman.
Each snowman has an addition problem on it,
and he is to put on the correct snowball to answer
the addition problem.

To help him solve the problems, he decided to
use the giant buttons.  So, if a question was 1+2, he
set out 1 button on side and 2 on the other to help
him solve the problem. 

Tens Frame Snowman Building
This worksheet is where he matched a tens frame
picture to the number on the snowman.
I set out a tens frame and he decided to use his cubes.
He placed the number of cubes into the tens frame,
which gave him a picture clue to match to the picture
tens frame on the final snowball to build the snowman.

Language Arts Workbox
Worked on the following:
(1) -ow word family, sentence building, and reading
(2) sight words (down, up, here, go) and reviewing the past 20 we learned
(3) handwriting for letter S and journal prompts 

"OW" Worksheet from Wordway

Writing "OW" and completing words.

Sight Word Search
He used his stampers to find the sight words.

Handwriting Practice
I have these great dry erase journals with
handwriting lines.  I write the capital and lowercase
letter and a sentence for him.  He writes his own
capital/lowercase letter and the sentence underneath
mine.  He is getting better and better with writing!
And he decided to draw a picture for the sentence too.

We studied the state of Alaska this week.
Learned the basic facts (capital, motto, nickname, flower, bird)
And learned some interesting facts too...
(1) the flag was created by a 13 year old boy
(2) has the largest active volcano chain

Science Experiment: Icy Roads
I froze water in a cookie sheet outside and then brought
it inside (again, too cold to go outside, -16*F in the day!)
Of course both my kids are interested in it, right away!

Funky Monkey tried to push cars in a straight line across
the ice and found out real quick that they always spin out.
Chunky Monkey liked dropping cars onto the ice and 
trying to play in it, till he got too cold, then he was done!

Then we talked about freezing point again.  And asked
him what we could use to help the cars drive better?
He said salt - that's my northerner for you!
So, we put salt down and again talked about freezing point
and how salt lowers the freezing point.  And then talked about
how salt doesn't work when it is too cold outside, like the temps
we are experiencing this week outside.  So, what else could we use?
He thought pepper might work, but it didn't.  So, I suggested sand and
he was like, let's see.  So, I gave him "sand", it was actually
cornmeal, since I didn't have any sand on hand.  And that helped
the cars drive much easier across the ice.

Arctic Freeze CVC Center Activity

After turning over his card and spelling out the word
on the game board, he then writes the word into the correct
picture box that matches the card.

Here he is working hard!

He did really good!

Another Oriental Craft - Rhinestone Snowflake!

I got this snowflake shaped dry erase sticker cling
from Oriental Trading.  It's pretty awesome!
And it fits into our winter themes very nicely.
I use it to post the date and our morning question of the day.

Our Snowman and Melting Snow Ball Bath!!!

These 2 had a blast finding all the stuff in their bath
and exploring melting snow balls (shaving cream).

Finally got warm enough to go outside, the arctic air
ceased and we actually got into the 30's!!!
So that meant snow play time and with all this snow
we got to build a BIG snowman!!!

Daddy and Funky Monkey working together!

Patting the snowman's belly! hehe

Awww, he likes WARM HUGS!!!!

That was a glimpse of our snow themed week.  We did cover lots of other stuff too, but I didn't get pictures of everything.  Next week... PENGUINS!
Until next time...

Have Fun and Be a Blessing!