Winter Rows {FI♥AR}


We rowed Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening (Five in a Row Volume 1) and Snowflake Bentley (Volume 4) this past month, but in a relaxed sort of way. I choose Stopping By Woods first, since we rowed it two years ago (just before Eliana turned 4) and I wanted her to experience this book.

For our row, we reviewed alliteration, rhyme, and literary device and did the lesson on memorizing poetry.
"The peace and tranquility of the poem is comforting and the appreciation of the beauty of nature is inspiring, while the repetition at the end nearly lulls the reader to sleep." ~Five in a Row Volume 1
I really enjoyed reading this book over and over.

Malachi's copywork and illustration.

From Language Lessons for the Very Young

(We are still using SL LA2, but are taking a break until we finish All About Reading Level 2
It was this week that we did the day-in-the-life for my review/giveaway)

Malachi's memorization work. . . he used his notebook to help him with the first word of each stanza. The video is not very clear, but I am not sure why.

Science: Microscope

I pulled Snowflake Bentley off the shelf to add to this row because Malachi was keen on learning how to use a microscope.  He got the microscope out every day and asked me to read The World of the Microscope (Usborne Science and Experiments) (we have the older version) with him and do the projects and experiments.

Learning to use the microscope. 

First microscopes ~ homemade magnifying glass. 

Another activity was to look at newspaper print under the microscope. (It was supposed to look like dots, but it did not. Inkjet vs laser printer?). 

We have some prepared slides that came with the microscope, so we looked at those and Malachi drew one in his sketch book as he saw it in the microscope.

Snow Science

We did the Snowflake Impressions activity from The Kids Winter Handbook. We sprayed hairspray on a piece of glass and collected snowflakes on it. When the snowflake dries, it leaves a small impression (hard to see, though). 

We had several cross curricular connections with this row that we covered in other lessons ~ butterflies from Sonlight Science (The Salamander Room), hexagons (The Bee Tree), flowers and fruit from Sonlight Science (Core A), so this was a simple row. The only other thing I wanted to do, but didn't get to was some sort of etching project, since William Bentley etched his negatives to get the snowflakes to show up better in his photographs. I thought of glass etching or etching for print making. . . maybe another time. 


Eliana's first paper snowflake (with a coffee filter). 

Malachi made his first paper snowflake about the same age when we rowed The Snowy Day.

Our FI♥AR Recipe: "Warm Me Up Soup" and "Snowflake Dinner Rolls" (names we created)

The soup is an idea from the winter handbook above. 

Our FI♥AR Treat: Snowflake Bentley's Snowballs 

This is a suggestion in the manual. I must have read it in the manual and then forgot, but had my heart set on making these, because when I went to get the manual, I was surprised to see them in there! But, I was also surprised that this is a volume 4 row! I did the same thing as in the manual, except I did not fill the centers with marshmallow cream. (I was planning to make homemade Hostess chocolate cupcakes for Bo's birthday and didn't bother with it for the snowballs.) These taste just like the coconut cake I used to love and buy from Sweetheart Bakery. . . too many years ago. 

Messy to make. 

But, we didn't mind. :) 

Bo enjoyed them, too. :) 
Delightful Learning