Very Last First Time {FIAR}

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Very Last First Time
with  Five in a Row {FIAR}

Emma (3) was absolutely in love with this book.  Usually, she doesn't pay too much attention to the readings, and just tags along in theme for the week.  But, with this book, she would get up each day and beg to begin right away. 

Bible Study:

Eva loses track of time under the ice and becomes fearful for a short while.  We used this to talk of safety, fear, and being prayerful during those times.  We used the following verse:
Philippians 4:6-7 "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God."
We revisited our B4FIAR book, *Prayer for a Child.  We used a lapbook from Homeschool Share and a printable pack from Homeschool Creations.  (Our junior Kinder week on prayerful and our preschool week on Prayer).

We listened to Seeds of Courage, particularly their song "Do Not be Anxious".  (YouTube of Philippians 4:6-7)

Language Arts/Math: {in addition to hooked on phonics}
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Emma really enjoyed using the Arctic Animals printables from Royal Baloo.  We used *Pairsinpears to fill in the words. 

We also used Polar Lands from 2 Teaching Mommies

For a math book we read *Penguins 123.

Social Studies:  {Inuit/Canada/Arctic}

This was actually really nice, for once we get to learn about our home country!  We read I Am Canada by Heather Patterson and Canada in Words

We watched a really neat video, Race Against the Tide BBC special, on YouTube.

We talked a bit about safety and read I Can Be Safe: A First Look at Safety by Pat Thomas.


We read *Animals of the Cold (Explore Your World)  by Valerie Videau.  Then, we explored why polar bears don't get cold with a "blubber" experiment.  I had leftover Vaseline from when Sam was an infant.  I put a sandwich baggie over Connor's hand, liberally smeared on the Vaseline, then placed another bag over top.  We sealed it with a rubber band and he then played in a bowl of ice water.  It was a huge hit, everyone crowded around and played for at least an hour.

Sam loved learning about the ocean with an ocean board book.  For the older kids we got a couple non-fiction ocean books from the library.

Each day we read of something new, since there was so much choices.  Mollusks, Tundra, Ocean, and Penguins were our book choices.

The kids watched the Magic School Bus, season 4, episode 3:  Goes to Mussel Beach.  While in a "sea cave" (sponge bob pop-up-tent).  They loved this episode so much they watched it 3 times in a row.

There was also penguin sliding down the slide, and walrus dress up.

We learned about Narwhals - because on our wall map Ungava Bay has a picture of one.  lol.  Octonauts has an episode on narwhals, so we watched that and created some art, via Learn Create Love.  We had watched a YouTube video of real narwhals and I love that Connor remembered what they looked like and colored his grey/blue with speckles.  The kid loves accuracy.


(in addition to those I just talked about).  We did a couple paintings with pointillism.  Sammy really loves balls right now, so we have plenty of those spikey little ones.  They came in handy for this lesson.  Plus, I found some little ones in the valentine dollar section at Target.  Connor says his painting was Eva jumping down to the ocean floor.


Building an Igloo from the Three Bears Lapbook Unit at Homeschool Share
Octonauts Printable Packs from 1+1+1=1
Playful Penguins Unit from Teachers Notebook
Canada lapbook at Homeschool Share

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Next up:  *The Glorious Flight by Alice Provensen

Owl Moon {FIAR}

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with  Five in a Row {FIAR}

Bible Study:

To go owling, you have to be able to hold in all the words and noise you might want to make.  You have to have a certain level of self-control.  So, for this week our character trait focus was just that, self-control, using the activities at Kid's of Integrity.

Our memory verse was:
"A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control."  Proverbs 29:11
We talked about animals of prey and how they have to have great self-control in order to succeed, no matter how hungry they might be.  Then we practiced (role-played) being self-controlled owls.  I played the role of the mouse.  lol.

We found our owl masks {here}

A Wise Old Owl poem was a nice addition to our wall, to read and reference through-out the week.

We read *It's Hard to Be Five by Jamie Lee Curtis; I changed the wording to "six" when I read it so that Connor wouldn't interrupt me and yell that he's not five.  lol.


We read owl books and virtually dissected an Owl Pellet

Never underestimate the imagination of a child. After Connor surfed around on the owl website, he announced he wanted "that chicken dinner with bones, so it can be my pellet!!"  So ... I had him help me cook up dinner after shopping for the ingredients.  For the record, I did NOT pretend my own dinner was a pellet.  Crazy boys.  lol.

We also spent some time learning about the moon with non-fiction we found at the library and a couple fun books.

*Faces of the Moon by Bob Crelin
*If You Decide To Go To The Moon by Faith McNulty

Social Studies:

We went light on social studies this week.  We got a couple books on Daddies this week, and that's it.

*Daddies Do It Different by Alan Lawrence Sitomer  (a bit stereotypical, but fun and cute)
*My Dad Is Big And Strong, BUT... by Coralie Saudo  (role-reversal - made the kids laugh!)

And what better way to read Daddy books than ... with Daddy!


Connor drew an owl on one of his drawing apps.  We also made an origami owl.

We didn't get to this, but it's cute:  Owl Paper Bag craft at Alex Toys


We have a vintage owl clock, given to us by our lovely and gracious old next-door neighbor.  It was just perfect to use for this unit.

Connor is too old for this book, *Turn and Learn: Time, but we used it just to look at the times and have him try to make them on his answer clock.  Sam (age 1) ... he fell head over heels in love with this book.  So cute. 

Again with Connor's imagination, he wanted to play pet store again, and built owls for me to "buy" from him.

Language Arts:

In addition to our regular curriculum, we did many themed worksheets (Emma begs for them) - all linked under resources.

We did the "Who, What, Where" section of this Owl Lapbook.  Connor learns best if we make things into a game.  Usually by his own idea.  He took the police man owl and started "saving" all the lost owls that were lost and didn't know how to get home.   I participated by thinking to give the brave police-owl a badge.

Cute addition for literature:
My Grandpa is an Owl by Wordboy

Our Tot Post on Owls - some great links!
Owl Babies Lapbook at Homeschool Share
Nocturnal Animals at Homeschool Share
Great blog on Owl Moon - Schooltime Snippets
Owl Printables from Make Learning Fun
O is for Owl craft at Totally Tots
Wise Old Owl printables at DLTK Kids (we did crossword for C and coloring page for E)
Owl Tot Pack at Our Little Monkeys
Forest Pack at 2 Teaching Mommies
Owlette Pack at Learn Create Love
*The Quiet Way Home iPad app
*Backyard at Twilight: A Stella and Sam Adventure iPad app
*Goodnight Moon iPad book app

Linking up with:

Delightful Learning 

Next up:  *Very Last First Time by Jan Andrews


Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening {FIAR}

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with  Five in a Row {FIAR}

This was such a wonderful book/row to do after our 3 week break.  Just simple and nice and it couldn't have been scheduled at a better time.  We got heaps of snow over night on Sunday and woke up Monday to this.  (there were specks of snowflakes hanging in the air just twinkling and dancing in the sunlight.  Just gorgeous)

Bible Study:
"Praise the Lord!  For it is good to sing praises to our God!"  Psalm 147:1
We focused on joyful with Hubbard's Cupboard character trait tunes and with Kids of Integrity:  Joy.

We listened to the songs from Seeds of Praise.

We joyfully played in the snow.

Joyful Books:
*Snow by P.D. Eastman
*Snow Dance by Lezlie Evans
*God Smiled by Dan Foote

We watched *VeggieTales: Happy Together.  During the show Connor decided he wanted to role play being a spy drawing his suspects.   His suspect was Pa Grape.


There was only one suggestion in the manual for this book study:  Animal Tracks.  Or 2 suggestions if you count that it suggested to supplement science, math, and social studies for this book.  However, I found it easy to come up with plenty to do.  (and the perfect thing about using this study after a winter break, is you can just review these subjects instead of doing something new - which is what we did with social studies).

For starters, we had just nicely gotten a fresh heap of snowfall.  What better thing to do than .... make snow ice cream!?  I counted that as both math and science.  Measuring (math) and mixing (science).

We used a simple recipe from  It was alright, but for our personal taste I'd use less sugar next time.  Like maybe 1/2 cup sugar.  We also didn't pour in all the milk.  We did a pour/stir until we were satisfied with the texture.  Then Connor insisted it can't be true ice cream unless we put a cherry on top.  No, 2 cherries.  :)

Next, for science, we made snow slime

Then for yet more science/math, we measured and melted snow.  I had done a quick google search for "snow science" and found a place that said that for every 10 inches of unpacked snow there is 1 inch of water.  I can't find that site now, as I didn't bookmark it.  But going on that we grabbed a small tub and scooped some snow.  We had 5 inches ... before Connor packed it down to 4.  lol.  We let it melt all day, checking the progress periodically.  When it as all melted we had 1/2 inch of water!

We stuck that 1/2 inch back outside to see what would then happen overnight.

Connor was so excited about all of this.  Public schools had a snow day, and his little friend came over to play outside.  Connor wouldn't leave the house until he had explained in length about all of his experiments. 

We also did the snow observation worksheet from the Snow & Ice pack at 2 Teaching Mommies.

As the manual suggests, we studied a bit about animal tracks.  It just so happened that right out our backdoor there were some tracks!

We used our library books, *Track that Scat! and *Best Foot Forward to guess what our backyard tracks might be.  Rabbit!

Also at the library I had found book to overlap language arts and science - a poem book about tracks, *Animal Tracks: Wild Poems to Read Aloud by Charles Ghinga.

We also read this easy reader about snow:  *Snow by Marion Dane Bauer


For math we used the Winter Pack at Gift of Curiosity as well as (for Emma) Color the Snowman's Buttons at Gift of Curiosity, in addition to our regular math curriculum.  I found some really cute worksheets at to suit our needs and theme.  We did a skiing race one and a hidden word worksheet, which I got Connor to happily do after telling him it was spy work.

Language Arts:

Preschool focus was S is for Snowman.  We used a pack from Royal Baloo and a pack from Homeschool Creations.  There's just so many ideas all over the internet now, for winter and snow.  It's easy to find things to suit your kids personal likes.

For example:  I was a little concerned with Connor's attitude learning the basics of poems, as we've read some in the past and he had little to no interest.  I searched our library's system and found these gems:

*In the Days of Dinosaurs: A Rhyming Romp Through Dino History by Howard Temperly
*Dinothesaurus: Prehistoric Poems and Paintings by Douglas Florian

We wrote poems, which also overlapped art and science:  we made "snow paint" and I let the kids do whatever they wanted, then I helped them make a list poem and an acrostic poem.


In addition to the art above, we made snowflakes.  Brownie points for keeping the interest of a 6 yr old boy.  ;)

Sammy wants to be included now, so I had him do his first finger painting, then of course Connor and Emma wanted to join in with Sam to continue on a big loop of  "I want what he's having".  Emma did a self portrait, Connor a portrait of Queen Amidala, and Sammy just slapped around.

Sammy also got his own bowl of snow to play with.

To finish the week we made snowball cookies (another "science" and "math" project).

Extra links:
Stopping by the Woods Lapbook at Homeschool Share
Acrostic Winter Poem worksheet
Who's Footprints are these? at KidzClub
Animal Tracks at Montessori for Everyone
Winter Consonant Blends at

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Delightful Learning 
 The Homeschool Village

Next up:  *Owl Moon by Jane Yolen

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