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Perfect Timing - Katy and The Big Snow

It's been a while since we "rowed" a book, but this week was the perfect week for Katy and The Big Snow!

Truthfully, I looked through the activities in the Five in a Row guide and took them into consideration, but as our big snow day unfolded here in the southeast, our lessons just directed themselves. I LOVE it when that happens!!

We read the book last Thursday and Friday, then (in preparation for our winter storm) revisited the book this morning. Daddy got to listen with us (he's not usually home during our school day) and we had a good conversation about the weather. After we read, we looked up "what is snow?" on the iPad. We learn some of the most interesting things this way! We learned about precipitation, fronts, and different types of snowflakes (there are 6 - did you know that?). In this way I could teach up to my nine year old -- and most often my six year old follows!

While we were still in our pajamas, we stuck our heads out the back deck and measured the snow.... just a pitiful 2 inches, while others just an hour away got 6-8! No fair!

I love the way the book lays out the town of Geoppolis, with the compass rose on several of the pages. Katy has to go to each area of Geoppolis to plow the snow. The visuals on each page are great. My kids are pretty good with directions, but this book reinforced their knowledge, and it wasn't until later in the evening that I realized what a great lesson it had been. We were watching a History Channel documentary, and my six year old was building Geoppolis with his Legos..... and pointing out to me North, South, East, and West.

I LOVE Five in a Row!

(One of the recommended activities in the FIAR guide is to construct the town of Geoppolis.... but I loved how my son did this during his own free play time.)

Of course the children did some "hands-on" activities in the snow - like throwing snowballs, trying to play baseball with snowballs, and making snow angels.

We made Frosty Snowball Cookies

(And, I peppered in some math questions like "How many tablespoons of butter does it take to make 1 cup if 8 tablespoons equals 1/2 cup? and "We have 15 cookies on one pan and 12 on the other.... how many cookies total? or "Three rows of five cookies equals how many cookies?").

I had no idea how happy such a simple activity like this would make my children!

Running the mixer was a joint venture:

Shaping the "snowballs" became a fine art:

And working with children and lots of powdered sugar is a patience building exercise for mom!

When people ask if we have "school" on a day like this (all of the schoolchildren are out of school for two days due to the weather), I have to say yes AND no.... we learned a lot, but it just didn't feel like SCHOOL!


Have you rowed this book? 

If so, did you have fun, and what were your favorite activities? Leave me a comment.... I'd love to know!


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Here from the Hip Homeschool Hop. Those cookies look great. The powdered suger would make my nervous too!
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January 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGarilyn

What an awesome school day you had with the snow! We got around 10-11 inches of snow on top of what we got on Saturday! Thanks for joining in the Hip Homeschool Hop!

January 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJoy

What a great way to spend a snow day. I really miss the snow living on the west coast. I am stopping by from Hip Homeschool Hop. Have a blessed day.

January 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLynda

Looks like fun! And I agree about powdered sugar + kids = patience-building for mom!

January 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSee Jamie blog

This looks like a wonderful lesson plan. I bet it was a lot of fun. Thanks for following me, I'm already one of your followers.

January 11, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterlittlewondersdays

It looks like you had a blast! I have been considering Five in a Row for my youngest, who is only two right now, so it is nice to see it in action.

January 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMaureen

Wow! It looks like they learned a lot! Thanks for the reminder on this book. We have snow on the ground so this would be a perfect book for my little "Transportation lovin'" boys. Thanks for stopping by Ready. Set. Read! and following! Following back now.

January 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJackie H.

I am so jealous of all the snow play fun and learning which abounds at We Play this week. No chance of snow here, not even in the Winter!

Thanks for linking up :)

January 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChristie - Childhood 101

Oh, I'm having so much fun reading your blog! We just rowed Katy and the Big Snow... so fun! We are finishing up The Rag Coat (which is how I found your blog!). Looking forward to reading more. :-)

March 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

We are getting our snow tomorrow after 3/8 or so of an inch of ice today and then the temperatures are plummeting. But we are at the opposite end of the country (Northern NY). I was just looking for info for Katy tonight for tomorrow and found your blog post from today so excited! Thanks for sharing and showing me this can be done (I'm a newbie) on such short notice! :)

January 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBecky

This ones next on our list of books to row, if we ever dig ourselves out after yesterday's snowstorm (more than 2 feet in the boonies of Quebec). It was a favourite of my older two and I'm looking forward to rowing it again with #3!

December 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEddie@The Usual Mayhem

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