Before Five in a Row: The Snowy Day

After such a fun time rowing Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear?, we decided to pull out The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats.


Since we’ve been getting a lot of snow the last couple of days, it seemed only fitting, and we had so much fun with it!

The Snowy Day Activities


The first full day of being snowed in, the boys were already getting a little crazy. 😉 So, I set about finding a fun project for us to do together as a family. Daddy has been studying hard all week for school and we all needed something fun to do.

Scholastic shared a fun go-along craft for The Snowy Day on their site. It had a video to walk us through the steps.

We all watched it several times and then set about making our own Snow Day Collages. I love that we all started with the exact same raw materials, and every one of us made something totally different.


Timmy and I worked together on his. I didn’t even attempt to make my own because I knew he would need a little more help. However, he placed all his buildings. Directed where the snow drifts should be glued. Shredded all of his cotton balls and glued them down. He requested trees and a snowman with hat. It was so fun working with him!


Sam is a creative kid. There is a lot running through his little mind at one time, and he has big visions of what he wants to create.

Some notables:

  • He has a fence behind the snow drifts, and he told me that we’ll see them when the snow melts.
  • Someone also threw snowballs really high up in the sky (they almost look like two moons in the sky).
  • He absolutely insisted to get stars out to add to his.
  • And he drew Peter onto a black sheet of construction paper because it was his town and he needed to be there.
  • Oh, and he asked me what city this reminds me of from our big road trip. When I said, “Chicago!” He said, “YES! You are right, Mommy!”

He rattled off some other things, but I was also helping Timmy so I simply didn’t catch it all.


Nonnie got in on the fun making her own collage. I loved her tree creation!


Daddy took a break from reading and joined us. I loved his fence!

Then of course we had to take advantage of the beautiful snow day!

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It is likely the best snow day that I recall since I was in high school. My 10 year reunion has come and gone … so that will give you a frame of reference.

It was so fun! We all (the boys, Daddy, Nonnie, and I) got outside one day and just had a blast. snow day 2016-5 snow day 2016-6 snow day 2016-7

Snowball fights were a big hit!snow day 2016-8

Oh, and sledding! This kid was fierce and over the moon excited about sledding. Sam had a blast too! I was taking part in the sledding adventures as well (pregnant belly and all) so I didn’t get any shots of the kids.snow day 2016-10

But we did make sure to make some tracks in the snow just like Peter from the story.


On another day, Daddy took them outside (my pregnant self was too worn out from the day before). They had more snowball fights and did a little baseball practice which was a lot of fun!


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Sam got pretty serious about getting Daddy!

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These whimsical snowmen were easy to make. Mine is the one in the middle and it looks more like a scarecrow according to the boys. Oh well.

We free painted our paper first and while it dried we cut out our snowmen circles. Timmy and I pulled some of the snow drift scrap paper out that was leftover from our Snowy Day Collages (top of the post) to add to ours. Sam insisted on a soccer ball in his picture for some reason. We just used various scrap paper, stickers, and sequins to decorate our snowmen.

I wish I could say this was a fun activity, but mostly it was stressful. Timmy was tired and made the entire project difficult for everyone (he even spilled paint … everywhere). I do think Sam would have enjoyed it if I had opted to give Timmy a nap instead of letting him paint too. Timmy put his snowman smile upside down making it a frown and I left it because it just seemed so fitting.

Most of the time these sort of projects are a lot of fun, but sometimes, they just aren’t. 🙂


On another day, we experimented with ice melting. I set up four plates with four pieces of ice. Well, actually the boys did. They got out the plates and set the plates up with ice.

We left one piece of ice alone as our control. Then, we put salt on one, wrapped aluminum foil around another, and newspaper around the last piece of ice. We all predicted which one would melt first and last. I used our white board to record our answers.

We all thought the ice with the salt on it would melt first. Sam and Timmy predicted the ice that had nothing on it would melt last. The adults all predicted the aluminum foil would melt last.


Then, we observed. And observed. And observed. Timmy kept licking the salt and making funny faces.


While we waited we read about water from a book my mom gave me a few years ago leftover from her teaching days. I couldn’t find it on Amazon to link to it. We talked about the water cycle and at what point water freezes. The boys were totally intrigued!

Then, it was time for our results. We were all surprised by the results because the newspaper melted the slowest!

It wasn’t until the experiment was over and we had time to think about it that we realized newspaper is an insulator and aluminum foil pulls in heat which makes the ice melt really fast! I had to have Daddy come in to explain it all to us. I’m really thankful we’re a work at home family and Daddy is right here to help me when I get stuck. Plus he loved being our science superhero. 🙂

I highly recommend this experiment! We all learned a lot!

And that was our week with The Snowy Day. It was a lot of fun and totally worth spending a little time each day on!

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Before Five in a Row: Jesse Bear What Will You Wear?

I have been experimenting with including Timothy in our school time. He’s so eager and since wintertime just lends itself to books, I thought picking up the Before Five in a Row Curriculum for a bit would be fun. Sam loved it when we went through it, and Timothy adores books as much as Sam does.

So far it’s going pretty well. Of course, I can’t take as many pictures when I’m teaching two of them, but I thought it would be fun to share what I did snag this week.

I decided to row Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear? first. We sort of rowed Corduroy a few weeks back, but it was more just reading the book everyday so it’s “not worth blogging about.” You can, however, see what we’ve done in the past with Corduroy here.

Both boys thoroughly enjoyed this book. Jesse Bear is becoming a beloved favorite of Sam’s, a nice and familiar book and as though Jesse Bear is a friend he hasn’t seen in a while. It was fun listening to him recall much of the story before we ever even read the first page. You can see all the activities we did with Jesse Bear when Sam was younger here.



I have recently discovered Bullet Journaling and it is my new favorite way to plan lessons for the kids. I’m so in love. thumb_DSC_0844_1024


Both boys colored some bear worksheets and then sorted their gummy bears into the correct boxes one day.

I had Sam (age 5) count each category of bears, write the number, and then tell me which one had the least and most.

Timmy (age 2) just sorted his bears and worked on self-control. I told the boys not to eat any bears until they had sorted them all. They both did really well.

I talked about the colors and counted each category with Timmy.


I printed off a mini-reader for Sam. He had to read each sentence to know what color he was supposed to color each of Jesse Bear’s shirts. He loved this!


By this point Timmy had totally lost interest and I let him just practice his scissors skills cutting random pieces of scrap paper. thumb_DSC_0849_1024

Sam and I used our gummy bears to predict how tall each vegetable was and then recorded the results. He really enjoyed this and it was a great introduction to measuring with him. I’ve been wanting to do this sort of exercise for a while, so it was fun to finally be able to do it!


I pulled out our counting bears set and Timmy enjoyed these thoroughly every single day this week. While Sam did his everyday calendar work, Timmy would pull out the bears and play with them. On this particular day, he set the bowls up by himself and sorted the bears by color.


These worksheets have been Sam’s favorite part of school. They are perfect for reviewing what he already knows. I need to do an update on his calendar notebook because I have been SO PLEASED with it. So pleased! You can read the original post though here. thumb_DSC_0865_1024

One day Nonnie joined the fun and worked with Timmy on colors and counting while I finished up with Sam. He loved this and really enjoyed counting by 5’s. Love his sweet little smile in this picture.


On another day, we talked about the healthy foods that Jesse Bear ate at noon. I was surprised by how interested Timmy was and Sam was very meticulous and precise with his scissor work. thumb_IMG_0144_1024

This is just one of those pictures I just had to snag. They said, “Mommy, can you please get us a blanket so we can cuddle?” I let them watch a movie because it was just too sweet to make them stop. They stayed like this for over an hour just resting and cuddling. thumb_IMG_0148_1024

These little bear shape matching set has gotten a lot of love from this little boy. I’ve pulled them out before, but he wasn’t really ready for them. This time he breezed through the entire set!


Again, more counting bears. He would match up the bear sizes and then say, “Dump now?”thumb_IMG_0156_1024

Sam also enjoyed the counting bears. I just let them choose some of the cards from the set at random. It was fun for them to get to choose!thumb_IMG_0163_1024

Nonnie helped them make some flowers one day. There are a lot of flowers in the book, so it was a fun little go along and it let them get a little messy with paints. thumb_IMG_0164_1024

This guy was in total heaven! He loved painting and was very, very diligent about it. thumb_IMG_0173_1024

Again, more review worksheets. Using different writing mediums has been the key to making this time even more fun for him. thumb_IMG_0177_1024

We love the Tot Packs from 1+1+1=1 blog. I pulled out the umbrellas simply because it was what was on top of my stack. We used our markers to color each umbrella. Then we matched the marker lids to the color on the paper. We cleaned up by matching the lids to correct marker. We do this every single week, and every single week it’s his absolute favorite thing. Markers are his favorite! It’s also great for reviewing the colors over and over again in one sitting. He loves it!thumb_IMG_0182_1024

Bear Family Dress-Up has been another favorite of Timmy’s lately. This little toy was what started the Corduroy readings and now Jesse Bear. Between this and the counting bears he was totally occupied when I needed to do focused work with Sam.

All in all it was a really fun week. We didn’t do everything I hoped to do, but do we ever?

You can find more ideas for Jesse Bear here as well as links to all the printables I used.

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