Friday Flashback: Storm in the Night
This is our first official “Friday Flashback” post. Technically, this post is describing what we did last week, because I’m ADHD and I have to stay behind in order to keep up. That makes sense, right? :)
This week, we used our Five in a Row curriculum to begin ‘rowing’ the book Storm in the Night, by Mary Stolz. Quite honestly, my daughter did not enjoy this book. She’s mildly afraid of thunder (and phobic public restroom toilets, but that’s for another post), and there was one slightly dramatic scene in the book.
In the book, a boy and his grandfather are discussing fears on a stormy night when they have no power. Grandfather tells a story of losing his dog as a boy and being afraid to go out into a big storm. A man who was ‘seven feet tall, and a face like a crack in the ice,’ returns the dog. This element made Nicole cry the first time we read it, hide under a chair the second time we read it, and complain each subsequent time. However, on Friday, we experienced a quick thunderstorm. Of course we had to read Storm in the Night, and with the comfort of her big brother and sister nearby, she wasn’t scared at all. Great progress, I’d say!
- Learned about cloud types, the water cycle, and did cloud ‘experiments’ from this free Weather unit study by Living Life Intentionally
- Discussed fears, counted shapes, talked about onomatopoeia, and watched for different clouds throughout the week.
- Read Bob Books Kindergarten Sight Words, Mat Hid, using the fun printables from Walking by the Way.
- Made vocabulary cards to go in our binder (as seen on Delightful Learning)
- Worked on math and making a calendar with our math curriculum, McRuffy.
- Did Storm in the Night copywork from All of a Kind of Family.
- Made dairy-free cloud parfaits using coconut whipped ‘cream’ and blue Jell-o.
- Downloaded a stormy live wallpaper for Mommy’s tablet
- Made a picture of clouds using cotton balls as our brush… then we made pictures of clouds using cotton balls as our medium!
- Drew eyes looking different directions.
- Continued our current read-aloud, Beezus and Ramona.
- I’m an over planner. I plan way more in a day than I’ll ever actually want to do. It stresses me and Nicole when I try to squeeze too much into our day!
- Five in a Row is truly designed to be open and go… yet I constantly feel like just reading from the manual isn’t “enough.” Perhaps that’s homeschooling newbie fears?
- Homeschooling with a toddler in tow… whole different ball game compared to doing preschool with a napping tot!
- Some days… it’s just not happening. For any of us. That’s okay.
- I need more direction for implementing the Gospel into our studies. (Look at our curriculum to see what my current direction is, then offer suggestions. Seriously!) It was so simple and natural when we did Walk Beside Me. It was the focus.
- Slacker alert: in the above pictures, if you look closely, my kids aren’t bathed. Also, we have a rule that the table needs to be clean before homeschooling. Yes, that needs to be a rule. The rest of the house is still a mess.