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Jan 9, 2011

Winter Wonders Week in Review

Well, it *is* Vermont. And winter *is* wonderful here, assuming you don't have to drive anywhere or be out of doors for an extended period of time, or *ahem* dig up the last of your carrots when it's 20* outside. :) The mountains nearby, the snow on the trees, the birds at the feeders all combine to create beauty all around us. We are so blessed to have such a nice place to bring up our littles.
This week, we've been exploring Download N Go's Winter Wonders unit study.

“As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat,
summer and winter, day and night will never cease.” Genesis 8:22 (NIV)

Winter Wonders has a five day plan with a different learning objective each day.
Day 1: What is Winter?
Day 2: Science Secrets of Winter
Day 3: People and Places of Winter
Day 4: Time for Tips and Treasures of Winter
Day 5: Goodies and Gadgets of Winter

We have found so many rabbit trails to chase this week, that we are taking two weeks to complete this study. For instance, we found out THE Snowflake Bentley lived very near us. I'll be taking the littles to see his exhibit in Jericho, VT. After our attempts to capture, magnify, and photograph snowflakes, we really got an appreciation for the struggles Mr. Bentley endured during his work. If you go to the Snowflake Bentley exhibit page, you can play a Match the Snowflake game.

Download N Go is a lapbooking/notebooking unit study series created by Amanda Bennett. Intended for grades K-4, my four year old loves them as well! DNGs are formatted for a five day study, but with suggested reading and your family's favorite rabbit trails, it could easily expand well beyond that. They are bright and colorful and chock full of information. One thing I really like is the special DNG video page that youtube videos open up in. DNG units each have five daily objectives with components for a smart little lapbook, clickable links to videos and websites, vocabulary, history, geography and more.

I just spend an hour or so reading the introduction and searching our library's online catalog for some books. I print some lapbook sheets, depending on our needs for the week and do some cutting. The rest is done for me!

Here are some of the great books we found at the library. Snowballs was super cute. I've really enjoyed all of the books we've looked at by Lois Ehlert. We also like the My First Little House book series.

You can purchase Winter Wonders here. It's on sale today for $4, regularly $7.95.

Need some more convincing to give Winter Wonders a try? The Winter Wonders blog hop is located here. You can just jump right to the next blog from here.

***I was provided a copy to use with my family in exchange for my honest review.***

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