Archive for the ‘Winter’ Category
One of my favorite winter books is The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats and we recently had a lot of fun doing a unit to go along with the book. Hunter loved the book too, and asked to read it every day.
Here are the activities we did to go along with book:
After we read the book, Hunter made his own snowy day scene.
We mixed up some shaving cream and glue (equal parts) to make some puffy paint and then he added it to his scene.
Hunter’s snowy day scene
In the book, Peter sees the older boys having a snowball fight. It has been super cold where we live, so Hailey and Hunter had an indoor snowball fight using socks.
We also brought some snow inside. Hunter used a stick to make lines in the snow just like Peter did.
We kept the snow inside to see what would happen to it. It melted, just like the snow in Peter’s pocket did.
Then we made some delicious snowflakes. We cut tortilla shells to look like snowflakes. Then I fried them in butter and put cinnamon and sugar on them.
They tasted so good that Hailey and Hunter requested to make them again when Rich came home from work.
Hunter did this paper from Homeschool Creations about which clothes he would wear during winter and summer.
We made this really cool fake snow- you mix shaving cream and baking soda together. I added the shaving cream first and then I stirred in the baking soda until it looked like snow. It was really neat- it could be molded like real snow and it even felt cold. (If it happens to get spilled all over your dining room floor- it does not vacuum up easily. You will end up having to scrub your hardwood floor to get it off. But, it will smell very nice. Don’t ask me how I know.)
Hunter had a great time playing with it. When he was all done using it, we poured some vinegar in it to watch the snow erupt.
We had such a fun time doing this unit!!
Hunter is 24 months old.
We took a couple of weeks off of Tot School for Christmas vacation and last week was our first week back to school. It was a crazy week though and we didn’t get a whole lot done. We had 2 snow days (when the public schools are closed for a snow day, we take the day off too!) and doctor’s appointments and just an overall crazy week.
We started learning all about penguins. Hunter is looking over his Scholastic reader about penguins.
Hunter’s letter this week was I. He used the printables from Royal Baloo and colored an ice cream truck.
He found the letter I on his ABC wall.
Hunter glued ice cream trucks onto the letter I.
He also made an I is for Icicle. Hailey has the movie Frozen on her mind, and it was super freezing outside, so she thought of making the I is for icicle.
The completed I for Icicle.
I thought Hunter would like this little Disappearing Snowman Cookies poem, but he wasn’t very interested in it.
I’m hoping for a better, more regular week this week!
Stop by 1+1+1=1 to see what the other tots were up to this week.
I am super excited to announce to everyone that I have been selected to be part of the Schoolhouse Review Crew! Just in case you are not sure what that is, it is a group of homeschooling families who get to check out a variety of homeschooling products, use the products with their families and then share with their readers their thoughts about the products. So, I am super excited to get to be a part of this group!! And guess what- today I am going to share with you the first product I was able to review!
I have been able to check out SchoolhouseTeachers.com and see what it has to offer to homeschoolers. I was given the Yearly Membership Option and I have spent quite a bit of time looking around the site. So, what exactly is SchoolhouseTeacher.com? You might be familiar with The Old Schoolhouse Magazine- well, SchoolhouseTeacher.com is a division of The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, so you know you are in good hands Basically, it’s a site that is full of lesson plans and fun activities for all of your children. There are things you can do with your toddlers right up through your high school aged students. There are so many activities and lesson plans that you can even use it as your core curriculum. Or, if you’re like us, and you already have a core curriculum, you can use the lesson plans on SchoolhouseTeacher.com to supplement what you are already using. In addition to the lesson plans you will also find great planning help as well as ebooks.
We had a great time using some of the ideas I found on the site!
I think my absolute favorite part of the site is the Homegrown Preschool section. There are amazing ideas for preschoolers! I know I am going to be using this section a lot with Hunter (he’s a toddler, so a lot of the ideas can be used with toddlers too). Plus, Hailey wanted to join in on the activities we did, so it’s fun for school aged kids too. We decided to make the Glittery Peppermint Playdough! We didn’t have any green playdough, but that was no problem, we just made our own. Then I couldn’t find any peppermint oil to make it peppermint, so that was a bit of an issue. I decided to just put some cinnamon in it instead and it smells super good!! So, obviously you can modify the plans as needed.
Hunter worked on cutting up his glittery green playdough.
Hailey made hers into a Christmas tree.
Then we used the pegs from our Lite Bright game and added some decorations to the tree.
Hunter loved it!! This kept him occupied for a very long time.
Hunter’s finished tree.
Hailey’s finished tree.
The next section I explored was Nature/Outdoors. For the month of December there was a 4 week study about winter weather in cold climates or winter weather in warm climates, so no matter where you live there is content you can use. The timing was perfect and we had a nice big snow storm on Saturday, so I did one of the activities with Hailey. Don’t tell her that she was learning, she thought we were just having fun
We took a piece of black construction paper and put it in the freezer for about an hour.
Then we brought it outside so we could catch some snowflakes.
We took some pictures of the snowflakes we caught. I wish I could take pictures like these absolutely amazing Wilson Bentley Snowflakes, but I think I have a bit of practicing to do before that ever happens.
So- what do I think about SchoolhouseTeachers.com? I love it!! There is a wealth of information and activities on their site. I think it is well worth the price- SchoolhouseTeachers.com will let you try out their site for $3 for the first month. If you like it, you can continue at a monthly rate of $12.95. Or, once you see how totally amazing this site is, you will probably want to pay for a yearly subscription which is $139 which saves you 10% rather than paying the monthly amount. Plus, if you sign up before the end of December- you will get a free 1 year membership to SchoolhouseTeachers.com to share with a friend! The only negative I found was that it is a bit hard to navigate at first. I was kind of overwhelmed with everything available on the site. But, after spending a lot of time looking around, I really love it!
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Here is a cute little Snowman finger play that your toddler or preschooler will love!
[Four] cookie snowmen sitting on a tray.
(Hold up  fingers.)
[Four] cookie snowmen, smiling all day.
(Point to smiling mouth.)
Along came a little child, rubbing his tummy.
One cookie disappeared. Yum, yum, yummy!
(Hold up 1 finger then lick lips.)
Repeat rhyme replacing numbers with three, two and then one.
I made this little poster to go with it:
It’s just a piece of construction paper with contact paper on it. Then I put Velcro on the paper and on the back of the snowmen. I also wrote the words to the finger play on the back of the paper.
After we did it together a few times Hailey took over and did the finger play by herself. Here she is pretending to eat the snowman cookie.
Hailey shared the snowman cookies with Dottie. As you can see Dottie is thrilled to get to be a part of this!