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Weather Unit Study

Weather Unit Study

I know, I know, another unit study. I promise that by Friday I will have my next sewing project up! It will my pattern remix of Me Sew Crazy’s Spring Fever Pattern for Project Run & Play’s Pattern Remix Party.

There are tons and tons of resources out there for weather units. It’s almost overwhelming! Here are the ones I plan to chose from when we do our weather unit study.

Everything we use for our units can be found either FREE or cheap. 😉


When it comes to science kits my favorites always come from The Young Scientist Club or Magic School Bus.

Young Scientist Club kits 4 – 6 (you can opt for the monthly club but it is cheaper to buy 3 kits in one set on Amazon)


Adventure Science Series – Wacky Weather (Young Scientists Club)






There are quite a few Magic School Bus books on weather. We will definitely be using more than one! 😉



Twister on Tuesday (Magic Tree House, No. 23)

Magic Tree House – Twister on Tuesday



Magic Tree House Fact Tracker #8: Twisters and Other Terrible Storms: A Nonfiction Companion to Magic Tree House #23: Twister on Tuesday

Magic Tree House Fact Tracker – Twisters and Other Terrible Storms



Tornadoes!  (Scholastic Reader, Level 4)

Tornadoes! Scholastic Level 4 Reader



DK Eyewitness Books: Weather

DK Eyewitness Weather



Storms and Hurricanes (Usborne Understanding Geography)

Storms and Hurricanes 


Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs



Oh Say Can You Say What's the Weather Today?: All About Weather (Cat in the Hat's Learning Library)

Oh Say Can You Say What’s the Weather Today?






What's the Weather Like Today?

What’s the Weather Like Today? – FREE for Prime members



Hurricanes & Storms Unit Study

Hurricanes and Storms Unit Study – FREE for Prime members



National Geographic Readers: Storms!

National Geographic Kids Readers – Storms – this one is toss up of which would be cheaper, the Kindle edition or a used paperback



Weather Detectives, The

The Weather Detectives – $3.99




Clouds – FREE for Prime members – 99 cents



What Happens When it Snows: Three Snowy Stories for Kids

What Happens When It Snows – FREE for Prime members



Alert! Wild Weather (Spectrum® Readers)

Alert! Wild Weather – $1.99



FREE on We Give Books


DK Eye Wonder Weather

The Snowy Day

DK Readers Twisters!

Groundhog Weather School





Here is where the list can get reallllllllly long!


Weather Words Lapbook – Homeschool Share

Tornado Lapbook – Homeschool Share

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs Lapbook – Homeschool Share

Hurricanes Unit Study and Lapbook – Homeschool Share

Weather Lapbook – Homeschool Helper Online

Weather Lapbooks – Weather, Tornadoes, and Hurricanes – Squidoo

Magic School Bus Based Weather Lapbooks – Yee Shall Know

Weather Project Pack – Hands of a Child – $7

Extreme Weather Project Pack – Hands of a Child – $9

Weather Unit – Living Life Intentionally

Weather Printables –

Weather Printables and Crafts – DLTK-Kids

Weather Printables – Scholastic

Weather Pages – School Express

Weather Theme – Make Learning Fun

Weather Printables –

Weather Printables – Busy Bee Kids Printables

Weather Tracking Cards – Montessori Print Shop – FREE

Whatever the Weather – Teacher’s Book Bag – Currclick – FREE

My Weather Journal – Teacher’s Book Bag – Currclick – FREE

Science Scribe Weather – Currclick – 96 cents

Weather Folklore – Happy Scribe Copybook – Currclick – 96 cents

All About Weather – Simple Schooling – Currclick – 99 cents

Tornadoes & Thunderstorms – Simple Schooling – Currclick – $1.99





Montessori Inspired Weather Unit  – Living Montessori NOW

Weather Crafts and Lesson Plans – Crayola

The Weather Channel Kids

How Clouds Work

Pine Cone Weather Station

Weather Related Science Projects – Squidoo

Weather Wiz Kids

Fun Weather Facts for Kids – over on the right side you will find more weather facts links

Discovery Kids – Weather

Weather for Kids! – NOAA

Weather Experiments – Steve Spangler

Books About Weather – No Time for Flash Cards

Weather Crafts – No Time for Flash Cards




Schoolhouse Rock – Greatest Show on Earth




Weather for Kids – Part 1




The Magic School Bus Kicks Up a Storm


There are other Magic School Bus Videos, just do a search! 😉


As always, Discovery Streaming has tons of videos for weather. Just search for it! 😉


Hope you enjoy the weather resources! 😀




SEW Excited! Another Pattern Remix and Other Cool Stuff!

Project Run & Play is doing another pattern remix challenge!! YIPPPEE!! The pattern is from Me Sew Crazy.



I can’t wait to get started on it!!! I have so many ideas floating around in my head!! I was thinking that I wouldn’t have time to try it out but I just got confirmation YESTERDAY from Joann’s about the fabric I ordered. GRRRR! I ordered it LAST WEEK!! It’s for the outfit my cousin Sandra (Rivas & Co.) hired me to make.

ANYWAY, I have tons of ideas for this remix!! Now, I just have to get started! 😉


In other “exciting” news, our owl pellets arrived yesterday! YAY!!!!


Owl Pellets (Set of 5)

You get 5 for $9.95 and they come with a little pamphlet about barn owls. The pamphlet shows the different types of animals that barn owls eat and what those animals’ bones look like. Not bad for $10.  Our fake pellets from Hobby Lobby were more than that and we only got 2 (maybe 3).


We have A LOT of hands on stuff going on this week. We started owls, Spain, vikings AND rocks and minerals yesterday.


Young Scientist Series - Set 3:   Minerals (Kit 7) -  Crystal (Kit 8) - Fossils (Kit 9)

We will be using the minerals (kit 7) and the crystals (kit 8) from The Young Scientist Club.  We USED to get the monthly subscription until I realized that buying them from Amazon was MUCH cheaper. The monthly subscription is about $17 a month and you only get 1 kit where as at Amazon you can get 3 kits in one set for $24.97. Doesn’t take rocket science to figure that one out!


Yesterday Cailey was sick ( fever, sore throat and a headache) so we took it easy. She basically just watched videos on Discovery Streaming.  Speaking of Discovery Streaming, some states provide free access for homeschoolers!! It is SOOOOOOO very awesome! Georgia, Alabama, and South Carolina are the 3 I heard about. In Georgia, we access it through our PBS website.  You e-mail the education department and provide your DOI (Declaration of Intent). They will then email you with your user name and password. I have to say, if we ever move to a state where it isn’t free, I might just have to suck it up and pay for it. It is SUCH an awesome resource. Cailey watched Jeff Corwin in Spain, a video introducing the rock cycle, a video about vikings AND one about owls! On YouTube she watched Schoolhouse Rock Multiplication and Schoolhouse Rock Grammar. After that she read a couple chapters in The Hundred Dresses, copied her spelling words and called it a day. 😉

BUT today I promised that we would dive into the owl pellets and science kits. Colin was begging to get into them last night! LOL


It just occurred to me that I never write about what the big kids do for school. I guess because I no longer create the units for them. :/ I will start adding their stuff, too! Homeschooling high school can be so intimidating but it isn’t really much different than the younger years. 😉



Lions, Thailand and Matter! Oh, My!

LOL I love that title.

I am about to share with you how we do lapbooks. It’s the “normal” way. 😉 It just goes to show that there are sooooo many ways to homeschool even if you use some of the same methods. LOL

This post is going to be VERY picture heavy but I tried to tone it down a little. I had taken over 30 pictures… LOL

Here is some of how our lion lapbook looks like.



Some, but not all, of the lapbook components came from Homeschool Share, others came from DLTK Kids.










If you are familiar with lapbooks then you have noticed that we do them differently than most. LOL We make a book from construction paper and staple it all together, making a book. If you are NOT familiar with them, here are a few pictures of how they are usually done.



This picture is from Hands of a Child. They have reallllly awesome lapbooks.

Most people use 2 or 3 folders and attach them to make a lapbook. You can find more pictures here from Successful Homeschooling.

I know others that use a piece of poster board for their lapbooks. ANY way works. Make it your own! 🙂


Here are the books we will be using for the lion lapbook.







We will be doing 2 other lapbooks this week. One for Ancient Rome and one for Thailand. I have NOT put the Ancient Rome one together yet. The scissors make my hand hurt something terrible so I have to space them out and take my time. :/


Here are some shots from our Thailand lapbook. Once again, some of the components come from Homeschool Share and other come from all over! LOL Some are from Dover and Crayola.



That is the only book our library had on Thailand. :/ BUT Amazon had a great Kindle freebie a couple of days ago!!!! We will definitely be using that!







I love to add in real pictures along side the coloring paged and mini books whenever I can.

We also have the Thailand Little Passports that we will be using.



OH!!! And I found some soap from World Market that was made in Thailand! LOL



I realllllly love using things from World Market with our country studies. Sometimes it can be hard to find something, though… That’s why we only have the soap… LOL We were ALL set for China last year…


For science this week we will be using Young Scientist Club’s Kit 5, states of matter.  We had signed up last year for the club and then realized that we could get them A LOT cheaper through Amazon. LOL There you get 3 kits in a set for about the same or a little more than one kit through the club. We paid $17/month for the subscription and got 1 kit per month. At Amazon right now set 2, which has three kits in it,  is $17.81. Yeah, I think that is where we will be getting them….. LOL  The great thing about these kits is that they come with everything you need. Well, except things like water! LOL The Magic School Bus science kits are great, too. I will have to dig up the pictures of the kits we did last year. The Cs LOOOOVED them!!


In sewing news, I will be sewing up bags to take to social services on Friday. I have 3 full right now and want to make 4 more. Then I will start on my first pattern testing for Squiggly Twigs Designs!! So excited about that. I printed it out today and I know exactly what fabric I will using. Look for something for fall. 😉

Bags of Hope and Love news

I was greeted with more donations Sunday morning. God is really working here, y’all! It’s just so amazing! We will be able to reach so many children! I am so thrilled!!!

Check out these pictures!


The bags and the box are filled with items that go in the bags. But don’t worry! If you want to donate we still need more items!

Here is a list of what is needed the most right now:


Razors for guys

Shaving cream

Body wash or soap




We have Bibles covered. Our pastor ordered 50 New Testaments geared toward teens! They should arrive this week! That is SOOOOO exciting!!!

There is a lady in her 90s at church that has been crocheting mini blankets to go in the bags. She donated 5 Sunday!


Isn’t it great???

Look at all the fabric that has been donated to make the bags!

As the pastor said last Sunday, give God what you have and see what HE can do with it. Jesus feed the multitudes with 5 loaves and 2 fish. What more could He do with what YOU have to give??? Let Him use you and find out!!! We all have SOMEthing we can give; time, talents, money, whatever…. God has given these things to you, now give them back to Him to use for His glory!!

I started an online Bible study this morning through Good Morning Girls. I signed up with a group on Facebook that will be going through it together. Anyway, this was the first morning and I read something that really struck me. Let me see if I can find it so I can share it with you.

Here you go-

There is no better evangelism in all the world than a church whose hope in God is so strong that they gladly deny themselves in order to meet the needs of others. – John Piper

Only one thing satisfies the heart whose treasure is in heaven: doing the works of heaven. And heaven is a world of love! It is not the cords of heaven that bind the hands of love. It is the love of money and leisure and comfort and praise — these are the cords that bind the hands of love. And the power to sever these cords is Christian hope. – John Piper

God does not call us to sit around on our rumps. We are to get busy doing His work! Get out there and minister to the people. We are the light of the world. We are the salt of the earth. Spread the love! That is the true meaning of being a Christian. Spreading Christ’s love.

I want to share with you 2 of my favorite Bible verses –

1 Corinthians 13

New International Version (NIV)

13 If I speak in the tongues[a] of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,[b] but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part,10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.


Matthew 25: 34-46


34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fireprepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’

44 “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’

45 “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’

46 “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”


Sorry I have been lax in posting the past couple of days. I have been dealing with major headaches. Hoping they are behind me now!! Just when I would think they were gone, back they would come again. SIGH…. Keep me in your prayers, please!!





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