Poems on a rainy day

Lydia:

“I Like Rain”

Rain is wet.

Rain can be going down fast

or slow.

I like rain.

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Jonah:

“Rain, Rain, Rain”

The rain

Cold, wet.

Nothing to do out there.

The house

Warm, cozy.

Something to do in there?

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Jacob:

“Rain”

drip, drop

drip, drop

drip, drop

splash, splash in

the puddles even

though it’s cold

and wet, it’s

cleaning the

earth and it

smells good.

Falling, falling from the

clouds.

Rain.

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Emma:

“A Rainy Day”

It’s wet and cool,

Grey and cloudy,

Misty and calm.

Drops slash in puddles

While we splash in puddles.

Inside feels warm, cozy,

When we watch the trees

drip with rain.

Poems on snow today

Lydia:
“Feelings”
It feels cold.
It looks soft.
And small.
I feel excited.
It’s fun!
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Jonah:
“Snow Snow Snow”
The cold snow.
The fun we have.
The whiteness, the softness.
The sun goes down.
And everyone sleeping.
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Jacob:
“Snow”
snow feels
cold. in
bits of ice.
falling from
nowhere.
very fast.
it’s cloudy
and it’s dark.
it’s like
a white
blanket in
small flakes.
falling fast.
with water
slushy.
Snow.
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Emma:
“Snow”
Pretty, small white dots
Slowly falling and muffling,
Turning everything peaceful,
And silent. Soft wet white rain
Turns  you calm.
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Karen:
“Snowfall”
Steady.
Like a factory –
quick assembly line.
Millions of white pieces falling in millions of parallel lines.
Looking up the white pieces seem to be born out of no where.
No factory.
Just a uniform whiteness.
Clouds. Heaven?
Heaven sending down millions of white specks.
Quiet. Soft. Cold on cheeks.
Snow

What we’re up to today

What are the kids doing today? Well, this morning we went to the library. We got two bags of books, including some books on the country-of-the-week: India. The kids like Brandon Mull books, Beverly Cleary books, and Diary of a Wimpy Kid books. Then we were off to the library book sale, where we searched through nearly 100 boxes of books for ones we wanted to buy. It’s hard to decide what to buy, now that we have a library so close to us! But we found 25 books to buy — some to replace our most oft-read books that have fallen apart recently. I picked up some phonics books too, just the ones that deal with some trickier sounds. Also a Where’s Waldo? book for good measure.

Now we’re home and just finishing lunch. Micah (3) is playing with a gigantic train set-up in the living room, talking happily to himself. Lydia (5) is coloring the coloring pages she picked up at the library. Emma (11) is reading for her “free reading hour,” and the boys (7 and 9) are using the Lego Idea Book they got this morning to make some cool new projects.

Soon I’ll pull them away so they can start their free reading hour as well. It’s a good transition from lunch/break time to school time!

This afternoon we’ll also study the India books we picked up and do some math assignments.

That’s what we’re up to today!

Kids’ Geography Assignment

The kids all have geography as one of their subjects this semester. We’re doing the same country all together each week and sharing things on Fridays. I’ve done geography with some of them before, but this year we’re doing it differently. I think it’ll be a great project:

Geography

First, copy the outline of the country and label the countries or water-areas that touch it. Copy the flag, too. Then pick some of these to do:

Nonfiction books – These books can teach you a lot about geography, like famous mountains, rivers, waterfalls, etc. They can tell you about famous places like old ruins. Or famous big cities. Whatever you read about and want to write down, find those places on the map.

Fiction books – find authors that write stories that take place in that country. Find out what cities or areas the stories take place and find them on the map. (If you want to, you can also look up extra information about those areas or pictures on wikipedia.)

Fiction book authors – find authors that are from the country and learn where they were born and where they grew up. And of course, find those places on the map.

Family – has any of our family been to this country before? Find out where they went and find it on the map. (If you want, ask them questions or learn about those places in books or on wikipedia.)

Family History – do we have any ancestors from this country? Find out where they were born or worked or grew up and find them on the map. (You can also learn more about those places or find pictures.)

Movies – do you know of any movies that take place in this country or were filmed in this country? Learn where and find it on the map.

Share what you find out on Friday! But share it by showing it on the map!