If you look at my pictures, you wouldn’t think that we did much this week, but you would be wrong. Weather week was fun and we actually did a lot, but we also dealt with some sickness this week and an ear infection so I didn’t take as many pictures. This was the second week in a row that I felt an epiphany about organizing next year in a different way, so I spent a lot of time during rest time this week planning what I want to do next year when both Aria and Skylar will be starting school. I’m excited to tell you guys about it at the end of the year and show you the awesome outline for next year I’ve been working on!
Skylar has also decided that she wants to do school with us, so that has added a whole new element of complication. Skylar knows her colors really well and so we were able to finish a whole color workbook and are working on a shapes and color workbook this week (thank you, Dollar Store!) She’s still too young to really be able to follow the dotted line well, but she really wants to be like her sister so I want to help her start school if that’s what she wants. I don’t talk about Skylar much on here, but she is my talker and is very smart, so I am actually excited to start school with her next year. Aria, however, is not. She is taking it really hard that my attention is more divided now, so I am doing my best to give her my undivided help when Skylar gets distracted with her toys.
Weather week was great this week. There are loads of hands on activities out there for weather week and I bought an awesome Green science weather in a bottle kit that really helped us to learn about temperature, wind, rain amounts, etc. It even acts as a greenhouse, so we planted seeds and will see what happens! Even though Groundhog Day probably aligns better with a winter unit, I always like to do winter around Christmas time. So we usually do a weather unit in conjunction with groundhog day. I found a bunch of great literacy and craft activities for Groundhog Day which were fun to do, though we kept Groundhog Day simply to one day and spent most of the week doing weather.
I divided the remaining days of the week into “weather as a whole,” “clouds and rain,” “Co-op: weather crafts,” and “severe weather.” The biggest hits of the week were the weather movement game where the kids had to follow the instructions of the dice to go to the right weather. I think we may have played it every day of the week, which I was fine with since it got out energy. I also love so many of the science activities that have to do with weather, and even my husband got into those, doing some that we hadn’t had time to get to in the morning with the girls while I went to the gym one day.
Aria hasn’t been as excited about art as she has about science each week, so we have started saving a lot of the thematic art activities for co-op day, since the friend we do it with just loves crafts which gets Aria more excited about doing them. To replace thematic art on days I want her doing art, instead we have been working in our Famous Artists book (see year plan for more details). That way we are still doing art most days, but I don’t have to put in loads of work setting up crafts she complains about doing. Just trying to figure it out week by week right now!
Learning about the weather is a necessity for any kid, but next year we may just learn about it for a “science club day,” since Aria has specifically requested a weekly science club next year versus a whole week focused on weather. Not sure how I’m going to set them up yet, but I have some thoughts that I’m sure ill have organized enough to share by May! Happy Groundhog Day and hope you all enjoy an early spring!
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Jessica and Ana
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