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HS: Owl Moon (FIAR 2) September 15, 2012

Filed under: Books,FIAR,Homeschooling,Life — Lacey @ 8:15 pm

(updated with resource links at bottom)

We ended up taking a week and half break from school. Not really intentionally, but it just ended up this way since Seth and I took a mini vacation at the beginning of the week and then I had to spend the rest of the week catching up on cleaning. Then we had to spend all of Saturday cleaning up our old house again. Please pray it sells soon!

Well, school has started slowly this week, too. Grandpa came to visit for Labor Day weekend and Haddie had lots of fun with him!




We also finally got some tadpoles and froglets for her tadpole aquarium from Ace Hardware for free!


Ok, enough of all that. Now to the actual book.

Day One
We squeezed in a little bit of school today. We read the story for the first time. I talked briefly about the Caldecott Medal on the front of it. Then we read Dr. Seuss’ book “All About Space.”

Day Two
While reading the book, we stopped to listen to some different owl sounds from online. I also had her make the owl sounds each time during the story.

Next, we read a simple book about Barn Owls. The owl in Owl Moon is a Great Horned Owl, so I had her look at the two pics and point out the differences:


Next we played an owl noun game I found online. She put each little owl in the right owl nest (who, what, where or why). It took her a little while to get it but she finally seemed to catch on.


Afterwards, we looked at a book about types of speech that I had ordered from the library. It ended up being quite a bit more complicated than I had expected. So we just reviewed similes and briefly introduced hyperboles. Then we looked through Owl Moon for some examples.

Also, before nap time we read a book about similes called, “My Heart is Like a Zoo.” We had previously read this one a couple weeks ago during our Three Names study.

Day Three
Today we didn’t actually read the Owl Moon book, but we did do a few related activities.

First, we read a book about the moon. Then we made the phases of the moon with Oreos. I actually had to consult Pinterest to see all 8 moon phases since the book didn’t clearly spell out each.



We also did some math by completing an owl worksheet. We took turns rolling dice and then coloring the corresponding number. I let her do all the counting. It was fun until we got stuck at the end trying to roll a 12!



We’ve also been working more on learning the states during breakfast. She’s been blowing me away recently with her ability to rattle off 20 states all by herself. She’s only needing help with 4 others!


Day Four
Today we took a break from the book activities and went to the zoo with her cousins. I did make sure to stop and see the owl. Although he was sleeping most of the time so Haddie wasn’t too impressed. But we did have a lot of fun looking at all the animals and swimming in the kids’ water area.



Day Five
Today we got back to reading Owl Moon. While reading we stopped to talk about the rule that the Pa let the little girl bend in order to go owning. Then we talked about what rules we have (bedtime, not getting out of bed, being quiet in certain places), why and what rules she’s sometimes allowed to break (staying up late to watch a movie with daddy).

We also stopped at times to talk about the character qualities the little girl showed (self control, bravery, not getting disappointed easily) and when Haddie has shown them.

I also had her guess what season it was in the book (winter) and how she could tell (snow). And of course I had her make the owl hoots during the story. It’s more fun hearing her do it than trying myself.


Next we did an owl art project.


Then we worked on some math. We talked about how the girl stared at the owl for one minute. I had Haddie stare at the owl page for as long as she thought a minute was. She lasted 8 seconds. Haha. Then I had her look at it while I timed a minute. She couldn’t believe how long the minute was. She also wanted to do a few pages of a princess math book so we did that.

She also wanted to do a couple writing pages from her princess alphabet book. She worked on writing p’s and m’s and she practiced tracing and copying the word ‘Princess’ and the names ‘Mulan,’ and ‘Tiana.’ Not that those are very important but whatever gets her excited about writing, right?

We also played an owl game called Fly By Night that taught her compass directions.


It took her quite a while to catch on and I don’t think she totally gets it yet, but it was a good introduction. I guess directions are considered social studies/geography?

And at nap time we read a book about forest and forest animals.

Day Six
We worked on learning more states. Today she pointed out 22 states on her own!

Next we read another book about the moon and did a phases of the moon worksheet. I think this is one of the first times she’s actually been able to use those white crayons/colored pencils, although it probably doesnt show up very well in the picture.


We talked about how the little girl was excited to spend time owling with her daddy and then Haddie came up a few of her favorite ways of spending time with her Daddy. Then she colored a mini book of them.


We read a book about time and talked about how many seconds are in a minute and minutes in an hour, etc.

And at nap time we read a book about woodlands and woodland animals and then “My Dog Smells Like Dirty Socks” (a cute book about similes).

Day Seven
Today is Saturday and we’re finishing up the final Owl Moon activities. Haddie has actually been begging me to do more “Owl Moon school” today. So I’m happy to oblige since we’re actually home this weekend.

First we made some moon sand (thanks to Pinterest). She played with it for quite a while and honestly it was neat to play with. The texture was neat. It was harder and dry but once you held it it become wet and loose.


Next we read another cute simile book and then Owl Moon again. During Owl Moon she practiced calling out the similes and finding the hidden animals.

Then she did some art. She practiced doing realistic drawing while looking at simple objects.


Then we did her language arts notebook by talking about the setting of the story and choosing a new word she learned. We talked about the new words she learned: Great Horned Owl, talons and nocturnal. She decided to draw nocturnal. I was impressed with her detailed drawing this time. She drew the craters on the moon and even something in the horned owl’s beak that it was bringing back for its babies.


Next we did a woodland animal picture. I used the pictures from the printable mini book on one of the homeschool sites and had Haddie draw a background and paste the pictures on it. Afterwards, we read another book about time and did a mini time book.

I had forgotten about the moon phases YouTube videos I had booked when planning the lessons so we finally watched those:

Phases of the Moon (rock version)

Phases of the Moon (funky kid version)

While on YouTube we also ended up searching “owl moon,” and watching a few short owl clips.

And later after nap time we finished our Owl Moon activities by practicing making different moon phases with powdered sugar in a pie tin.


We had a good time with all the owl and moon activities. Honestly, I wasn’t super impressed with the book otherwise. It was good but I liked the other books we’ve done already better. But I’d still recommend rowing it.

Resource links

Owl activities:





Moon Activities

Homeschool Share Resources

Five in a row blogs:






One Response to “HS: Owl Moon (FIAR 2)”

  1. Valerie Says:

    She’s just precious! It looks like she had a lot of fun!! I love the FIAR technique! I’ve used it here and there over the years. 🙂

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