Thursday, January 20, 2011

"Snowy Day" by Ezra Jack Keats

"Waking up to a world of snowy white-what could be better? Young Peter can't wait to jump in his snowsuit and run out to explore. There are snowmen to build snowballs to pack, mountains to climb and snowbanks to collapse in-to carve a snow angel! And when the day is done, there's a dark night of dreams and drifting snow, and a new snowy day to awake to." ~ Barnes & Noble Overview
"A little boy celebrates the snow-draped city with a day of humble adventures--experimenting with footprints, knocking snow from a tree, creating snow angels, and trying to save a snowball for the next day." ~ Amazon Editorial Reviews

It's not often that it snows 5+ inches in Georgia.  But it did this year.  There couldn't have been a more perfect book to row than Snowy Day.
Just for fun, we painted snow cakes (molded snow and watered-down paints).

Then we tried to duplicate one of the pages in the book which is illustrated in water colors and small pieces of colored paper.
Addison practiced painting, cutting, and gluing, too.

Aubrey did the lapbook lessons found on Homeschool Share,
coloring, handwriting, and word search worksheets from First School, and an animal tracks checklist from Nature Detectives.

We did an awesome science experiment (thanks to an idea from a veteran homeschooling mom). [How to make snowflakes video]
We made snowflakes - - they turned out great!

Outside, Aubrey walked with her toes pointing out, then with her toes pointing in, just like Peter did in the story.
Aubrey made a track in the snow using a stick and snow angels, just like Peter.

Lastly, around day 4 of the snow, the girls did some snow painting using food coloring, paint brushes, and spray bottles.....
Addison had a little mishap with one of the spray bottles....but isn't she cute!

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