Weather Calendar Connections

My wonderful friend Shannon is still working with me to create the Calendar Connections cards. She is a fellow inner city missionary with me and also a homeschooler {and former school teacher}.

We chose the theme of Weather for April!Calendar Connections Weather

The facts are written at a 3-6th grade level but you will be able to water them down for younger kids. It’s a great way to involve your entire family in exploring a particular theme.

The cards fit my particular pocket chart calendar, I ordered mine from Oriental Trading but they now have the same one on Amazon!


but you could use a poster foam board and velcro to easily create your own set up. You could also use a standard pocket chart. They seem like they would fit in this calendar on Amazon but I am not certain.

I am now creating smaller sets to go along with the small pocket charts found recently in the Target $1 section. Be sure to visit this post for a tutorial of how to sew your $1 pocket chart into a calendar!

There is also a new sheet included to be used in a Calendar Notebook if you are using those too!Calendar Connections Small Weather

I printed my numbers on cardstock and laminated them before cutting them apart.

You can download these for FREE here!

You can use most of our Calendar Connections cards for any month! We are slowly building up what we hope will be a wide variety of themes to choose from!

Weather ~ Lapbook

We finished our lapbook on weather awhile ago, I am just getting around to the final photo/link post! I never did get a photo of the back, but it is a simple weekly weather recording chart where he filled in the weather each day for a week.

Here is the inside of the lapbook…
Top Left: How Big is the Sun? {under Astronomy, sample}
Bottom Left: a thermometer from his Calvert K science kit
Top Middle: How to Stay Safe in a Thunderstorm, I made a simple form. We used the book, Flash, Crash, Rumble, and Roll as our inspiration for this part.
Middle: Weather Labeling {members section}
Bottom Middle: Clouds {members section}
Top Right: The Sun, a mini book I made
Middle Right: weather words he learned accordian fold
Bottom Right: Snowflakes mini book {members section} This is the first lapbook we have done that has sort of fizzled…you know? We both lost interest as we went along. I think because it was in the midst during the holidays and then drug out past vacation and such. It just took us too long, we’re both glad it’s done! He did learn a lot though, I just should have been a more interesting teacher with this one!

In the Works ~ Weather Lapbook

We’re almost done with our weather lapbook! I will post final photos next week, but for now here is the link to the one mini book I made myself for it, it’s about the sun. He learned a lot from this study, so did I! Next week we begin our unit on the night sky: moon, stars, planets, etc. He is really excited!

In the Works ~ Weather Lapbook

Keep Moving Forward.

Not long after our family watched the movie, Meet the Robinsons we used the book Wild About Weather: 50 Wet, Windy & Wonderful Activities to conduct a lightning experiment to go along with our weather unit. Daddy is in charge of most experiments, his contribution to homeschooling!

I got my camera all ready, excited to see lightning!!! P and baby brother eagerly awaited the results, only to find out that we couldn’t create enough static electricity in our home to actually make it work. My husband tried the carpet, a santa hat, his hair…nothing worked. We did manage to get the little piece of tin foil to move, it just wouldn’t create a shock. We all felt a little defeated, but we remembered the motto form the movie, which was “keep moving forward.” We all laughed a bit and tried to muster up a smile, despite the letdown.

If you haven’t seen Meet the Robinsons, it is a great family movie, kinda weird, but has a great message. It’s not perfect (we’re pretty picky about what we let him watch), but overall it was good.

In the Works ~ Weather Lapbook

P chose weather as his next topic for a lapbook! One of the things we are focusing on is clouds, he is very into clouds. I got him this cool version of Little Cloud: A Draw-with-Chalk Book (The World of Eric Carle) a few weeks ago and was excited to show it to him for school today! He loved it!!

Here is the follow up activity we did, where he learned the names of different types of clouds.