Josiah and I spent the last two weeks “rowing” his next book – The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats. I was really hoping for some real snow to go along with “The Snowy Day.” However, all we got were a few flurries. Unfortunately, we’ve had an unseasonably warm January and not enough snow to play in. So…we made our own snow, and had an indoor snowball fight.
Josiah has enjoyed having his own real schoolwork to do while Alexis does her work boxes. I’ve set up three workboxes for him that he does with me about 3-4 times a week. I also try to plan some extra activities along with the workboxes (a cooking project, a craft…).
I saw this idea on another blog. I wish that I could remember which one. Josiah helped me mix up some salt paint to paint snowmen and snowflakes.
1/4c Liquid Laundry Soap
1/4 c Water
2 Tbs blue paint
1 c salt
We cut these out to hang up and decorate our school room before adding them to his Lap Journal.
Some of them may not have been quite “ball-like.”
He decided that he just wanted to lick the powdered sugar off of them!
1 C butter
1 tsp vanilla
6 tbsp powdered sugar
2 c flour
1 c walnuts (we left out because I didn’t have any)
1/3 c powdered sugar
cream butter and vanilla. combine 6 tbsp sugar and flour. Stir into mixture until just blended. Mix in Walnuts. Roll into 1 inch balls (or sausage looking things). Bake 12 minutes at 350 degrees. After cool, roll in the remaining powdered sugar.
Workboxes – For direct links to the resources I used, see the end of this post.
Some of his workbox activities included:
Making the Letter S with his Handwriting Without Tears Pieces
Counting the Snowflakes and clipping the clothespin onto the correct number (From The Snowy Day Printables at Homeschool Creations)
Finding the Letter S with his Do-A-Dot markers (Confessions of a Homeschooler)
Pre-Writing Practice (From The Snowy Day Printables at Homeschool Creations)
Color By Number (2 Teaching Mommies) – This was my favorite! He has NEVER shown a bit of interest in coloring or anything fine motor skill related. But, he picked this up and worked so hard on it!
Winter Playdough Mats (PreKinders) – Each one had a different number listed of things to make (5 snowballs, 4 icicles…)
Snowman Grid Game (PreKinders)- We took turns rolling the dice and placing the correct number of snowballs over the snowmen (1:1 correspondence). The first to fill the board won!
Initial Sounds Clip Cards (The Snowy Day Printables from Homeschool Creation)
Before Five in a Row Lap Journal – I got the inspiration for this Journal from Delightful Learning. Here, I keep the work for each book that he rows.