This past week, Clayton and I completed a unit on the weather. I picked this topic because he's always discussing the rain and loves it when you need an umbrella!
On the bookshelf:
Weather Words and What They Mean by Gail Gibbons
What Color was the Sky Today? by Miela Ford
I Call it Sky by Will C. Howell
Clouds by Anne Rockwell
Down Comes the Rain by Franklyn M. Branley
Flash, Crash, Rumble, and Roll by Franklyn M. Branley
Noah's Ark adapted by Shawn South Aswad
Rainbows by Ron Brown
Rain, Sleet, Hail, or Snow by Ron Brown
Noah's Arky Arky by The Wonder Kids
Who Built the Ark? by The Wonder Kids
I'm a Little Snowflake by Laurie Berkner
We started out the week by discussing the different types of weather we may see: sunny, snowy, rainy, windy, stormy, and cloudy.
We talked about what the weather was like each day (in very general terms).
He likes the interactive pieces in his notebook!!
On Wednesday, we read the story of Noah and talked about rainbows and their colors. Clayton learned that "God keeps His promises."
We also talked about temperature. Clayton learned that when the temperature is high, it's really HOT and when the temperature is low, it's really COLD.
We did some other prewriting activities, although mostly against Clayton's will . . . W for Weather and S for Snow. He just fights me tooth and nail on holding pencils and crayons. I'll be glad when he is motivated to write like other kids--if he was halfway interested, he would make a lot more progress.
All in all we had a good week. I knew before we ever started his inability to focus would be my main battle and that problem definitely showed up during this unit! But the good news is he is telling everyone he has "HOME SCHOOL" or he learned it "at the house." :) So hopefully the higher motivation will soon follow!