Today is the last day of September, so we’re wrapping up our Apple Harvest unit by watching the Disney “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” which features perhaps the most prominent apple ever in a movie. Tomorrow, we’ll start our October unit, where we’ll be focusing on (obviously) Halloween and all it’s assorted awesomeness, but also on weather. Pictured above is Rainbow Dash from “My Little Pony”, who will be our mascot for October.
Reading: Tons of books about weather – fiction and non-fiction. We went to the library today and pulled a bunch of related books. Also, I’ve been finding themed books at resale for a few weeks now, including David Shannon’s “The Rain Came Down” and “The Magic Schoolbus” hurricane book. There will also be tons of Halloween books, and I might even read this abridged version of “Frankenstein” I’ve had forever. We’re currently working our way through “The Haunted Library”, which is pretty cute.
Listening: Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” – “Raindrops keep fallin’ on my head” – “Stormy Weather” – and my head is swimming with songs from musicals I can utilize, like “Soon it’s gonna rain” from The Fantasticks.
Visiting: Museum of Science & Industry’s Science Storms exhibit, the Art Institute to go on another art hunt, and perhaps also the Field Museum. Also, going to a pumpkin patch and Trick or Treating, as well as to numerous Halloween/Fall activities.
Making: A daily weather chart, a rain bucket to collect rain, and so many Halloween decorations for the apartment. Tons of pumpkin food.
Watching: I’m still working on a list of movies with a weather theme, but “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs”, “Frozen”, and “The Wizard of Oz” are quickly coming to mind. There are also a wide variety of (largely Discovery) weather/storm documentaries streaming on Netflix, like “Raging Planet” and “Storm Chasers”. For Halloween, we’re going to watch some classic horror films, and also some more kid-friendly things like “Toy Story of Terror” and perhaps even “Hocus Pocus”.
I feel like October is a good month to learn about weather, as here in Chicago the days of fall can encompass a whole spectrum. Yesterday it was hot enough to wear shorts, and today we were chilly even in our lined raincoats.
This is also the month the kiddo turns 3 – can you believe it? So the first part of the month will be very birthday-centric, too. We’ve been reading Dr. Seuss’ “Happy Birthday to You” and kiddo digs it.