FIAR – Katy and the Big Snow

I thought that I would try out Five in a Row, Volume I with my dd this week.  For those that may not know about this book, FIAR is a literature based unit studies curriculum.   Volume I includes studies for 19 different books that I have been able to easily find at our library.  You are supposed to “row” each book by reading that book each day for one week.  Then, there are several activities that are suggested for each day that range from social studies to science to art to math to language.  You can pick and choose what to do so it is an extremely flexible curriculum.

I decided to choose Katy and the Big Snow by Virginia Lee Burton since it has been so miserably cold here this week.  (I linked to the treasury book since it is the cheapest way to own her 4 books and they are all wonderful). On Monday, I found a short poem to memorize from Living Memory by Andrew Campbell and we read the story.  Yesterday, I had my dd recall the characteristics of Katy (eg. she is red and big, she is a snowplow).  Today, we read the story again and we will be making snowball cookies later.

So far, I think that FIAR is so much better than BFIAR (Before Five in a Row).  I have an older post about BFIAR that details why it wasn’t such a good fit for our family.  I am so glad that I gave FIAR a chance because it looks like it will be such fun for us.  I plan on posting again this Friday to share more of what we are doing with this “rowing.”

Snow Song by Sara Teasdale

Fairy snow, fairy snow,

Blowing, blowing everywhere,

Would that I

Too, could fly

Lightly, lightly through the air

Snowballs (cookies) – from


  • 1 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 3/4 cup sifted confectioners’ sugar


    1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C.) Lightly butter 2 baking sheets, or line with parchment paper.
    2. Cream the butter, sugar, and vanilla until light and fluffy. Sift together the flour and salt; mix into the butter mixture. Stir in the pecans. Dust your hands with a little of the confectioners’ sugar and roll the dough into 1 inch balls.
    3. Place 2 inches apart on the baking sheets and bake for 25 minutes or just until brown. Put on racks to cool for 15 minutes, then roll in the confectioners sugar.



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