Storm in the Night {FIAR}

We rowed Storm in the Night as our last row of the year.  To be honest, this was not our favorite book.  We  read it once, and that was that.   I'm not saying you shouldn't read it.  It is worth a read, and has a good lesson, however for us, at the kids' ages and personalities now, it just wasn't a good fit because of the long dialog between Grandfather and Thomas.  It was just long and hard to follow, and my kids lost interest fast.  We did have lots of related fun though, sticking to the theme of storm.  (maybe it'd be better suited for 2nd grade and up?)

We rowed this for 1st grade and a preschool tag-a-long.

It could be that we were just coming off our crazy week of sickness and ER visits, that we just couldn't get focused this week.  That, and end of the year burnout.  We stuck mainly to the manual, keeping things simple and easy.  (We usually do much more, by choice).

with FIAR, volume 1


We focused on the verse, "In God I trust; I will not be afraid", Psalm 56:11.  We used the completely adorable bible verse printables at Homeschool Creations for this.  (I just love the shaking turtle!)

We also listened to Seeds of Courage, song 12 "Do Not Fear", using these printable visuals to go-along.


We read The Cloud Book by Tomie dePaola.  Again, this one seemed better suited for an older grade (my oldest was 1st grade/7 yrs).  We kept it brief, just basically learning that different clouds mean different things and have different names.  I printed out a cool poster to hang on our cork board to try to get Connor to look at it during the week and maybe pick up some tidbits.  He was having none of it.  Poor kid was just as burnt out as I was!  So, again, we kept things simple and I didn't push anything.

I did capture his attention with a homemade barometer.  He would call to anyone walking by, "I HAVE A NEW BAROMETER!"  Bless his little heart.

We used the Usborne 100 Science Experiments , page 67.  I was looking for something (anything!) to do, weather related, that we had all supplies for and this hit the mark perfectly.

The notes I read said it may take up to a day to show movement, but ours was an overachiever and showed in less than 10 minutes! 

We checked again the next day and it had moved to the low mark.  I asked Connor if he thought it was accurate.  "yep!"


We kept it simple with water coloring for the younger crowd.  This was Sam's second time water coloring and he loved it just as much as the first time.

We also enjoyed the little rhyme, It's Raining It's Pouring, from This Reading Mama


We are avid readers here.  I've mentioned that before right!?  lol

I just love our new "system" for the weeks' books.  I'll just place them in the basket and the sponges (kids) come soak them up at random throughout the week.

In our basket this week:

The Scariest Thing of All , by Debi Gliori.  This was the favorite library find.  It's about a little rabbit, Yip, who's just afraid of everything (or most things) - until he gets lost.  It is just such a cute3 book to address fears and perceptions (of scary things that aren't truly scary( and overcoming those fears.

Storm Song, by Nancy Viau, was also well received by the kids.  It has 3 kids (which my kids quickly named for themselves) who wait out a storm together.  Great for the onomatopoeia.

Franklin and the Thunderstorm by Paulette Bourgeois.  This is a favorite of ours to read during a thunderstorm.

Last, we had our own various non-fiction storm books of thunder and lightening.  And we can't forget Scardey Squirrel!

And that's a wrap!

Looking for more?
A really cute umbrella craft with weather sounds
Rainy Day preK pack at This Reading Mama
Rainy Day preK/K pack at Money Saving Mom
It's always a treat to check out the happenings over at Delightful Learning
40 page weather unit (ages 3-9) at 123 Homeschool For Me

Linking up with:

FIAR Link-Up @ Delightful Learning
Weekly Wrap-Up


  1. It wasn't our favorite book either! In fact, I loved Thundercake much more. We still had fun with weather stuff, and looks like you made the most of it, too! Thanks for linking up!

  2. I don't think I have heard or read that book.


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