Friday, January 22, 2016

Rowing and Journaling: A Mesh Up

We started using Five In A Row books this week. Brother Bear and Sister are loving the extra craft time. They seemed to really enjoy the link between all the activities. Even Popper joined in on the learning.

This week we read 'The Snowy Day' by Ezra Jack Keats from the Before Five in A Row book list. It has been super cold lately and we have seen a little snow. I figure this book would be fun and give us an opportunity to talk about snow.

I always like to start the week with a craft. The kiddos really enjoy getting to be creative (and messy). This week we made puffy paint using shaving cream and glue. I am sure that there is an exact recipe for this paint, but I just squirt the shaving cream in a bowl, add a little glue (1/4c ish) and mix it together. 

In the book, Peter plays in the snow all day. We recreated scenes from the book and then added our little replica of Peter to it. When they dry the paint stays puffed up.
I think they turned out so cute! 

For science we read 'The Four Elements of Water.' We discussed the 3 states in which water exsists. The kiddos played with ice and water, and I boiled some on the stove for them to see the steam.

In 'The Snowy Day', Peter makes track through the snow. I made dinosaur footprints in Play-Doh and let them figure out which prints went with which dinosaur. We also read "Big Tracks, Little Track' to learn more about animals and the tracks that they make.

We used the dinosaurs and our stamp set to make prints on our nature study page in our journal. It wasn't very successful, but they had fun trying! 

For Popper, we got him 2 books from the library, 'Snow Dance' and 'Snow Day.' They helped to include him in the theme of the week and give him extra reading practice. He enjoyed reading books on his level. I had him draw pictures in his journal to summarize what he remembered from what he had read.

It was a lot of fun getting back into the groove of this curriculum again. We were able to mesh Before Five In A Row and The Thinking Tree journals. They worked really well together. It took a few days, but we were able to find a balance for Popper by the end of the week.  We had a really great time learning together. 

I'm looking forward to next week when we 'row' "The Runaway Bunny" by Margaret Wise Brown.

I am linked up with My Full Heart and Homeschooling 6. If you want to see more fun books that are being rowed this week, click on the link below:

My Full Heart: BFIAR and FIAR Link Up


  1. How fun! I love the puffy paint - we will have to try that! I have found the Journals mesh well with ANY curriculum!

  2. Right! They are such a great resource for homeschoolers! We love ours!

  3. I'm rowing The Snowy Day next week (we're getting hit with a big snowstorm right now) and my preschooler will love the puffy paint! Thank you for sharing.

  4. We loved The Snow Day. What a fun week!

    When my babes were young I purchased FIAR and all the books but we ended up going another route. I was so new to homeschooling and with 6 kids under 6 I was totally lost too,lol.

    Thank you for linking up!

  5. Oh this brings back some fun memories we had with The Snowy Day! I'm having trouble to get into a rhythm with FIAR and love visiting other blogs rows to get inspired.

  6. I love how you incorporate the journals with other curriculum choices. Looks like fun.