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We started the week off by battling more rain, wind, and tornadoes. We’ve been totally immersed in weather here, that’s for sure. I mentioned last week that we didn’t want anymore hands-on experience with storms but Tennessee chose not to hear that. Buckets and buckets of rain have been dumped on us here with tornadoes and straight-line winds mixed in. The Nashville area is shaped a bit like a bowl with rivers and creeks surrounding it. It floods here if you blink. So we’ve been a little soggy after a week’s worth of rain. I’m pretty sure I heard one of the chickens quack when I went out to collect eggs the other day.
Lucky for us, we’ve been learning about more than just rain, wind, and tornadoes in our Mother Goose Time lessons. This week we learned about clouds, wind, leaves, snow, and rain. We pinned a new color bird in the birdhouse. Orange is our color of the month. Thank goodness because we haven’t been able to change our weather chart from that dreary little gray cloud over the birdhouse. He brightens up our gloomy little forecast. We also added a new shape to our shape clothesline. This month’s shape is the rectangle.
I’m also pretty thankful for the games added in with our lessons. Since we’ve been stuck in the house for an extended period they’ve come in handy. There are only so many crafts a mama can handle after being cooped up in a house with two boys. The bits of paper and glue sticks with missing tops can send you over the edge when you’ve got cabin fever. A simple game that doesn’t require mama’s guidance is sometimes the best solution.
Though we weren’t lacking in the real stuff, we also learned how to create our own wind from the safety of our school room by blowing lightweight items off of our paper.
Part of our Mother Goose Time lesson allows for “Discovery Time”. On this particular day the weather cooperated just long enough for us to get outside and collect some leaves for one of our projects. I love how flexible Mother Goose Time is. We didn’t do our lessons in order this week because the weather just didn’t cooperate for some of the activities. And you know what? It didn’t even matter because the lessons still flowed nicely even in my own order. We just switched around a few of the days to better suit our needs.
Snow might’ve been the favorite lesson of the week. The boys had a great time crushing ice to make snow. I think snow is their favorite real weather, too. Oliver was ready to go out and buy a real sled after making one out of paper. I managed to convince him we should probably wait until we actually have snow outside. Crisis averted. Not sure we could find sleds in October in Tennessee.
I haven’t done a “What We’re Reading From the Library” post in a while so I thought I’d combine it with what we’re doing with Mother Goose Time. In every month’s box Mother Goose Time includes one book. Guys, the book this month is such a hit! We always like the books they send. They’re not cheap or cheesy. They’re very well done. I thought last month’s book was my favorite but this one really surprised me. The kids thought it was so much fun. They loved joining in to yell NO! when prompted by the story. I love that our curriculum is also growing our home library with good books.
If you’re doing a weather theme in your school consider these books. Ummmm hello? Cloudette is the cutest thing ever. EVER. And Eric Carle and Mercer Mayer never disappoint.
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