This week wasn't connected to any letter and just developed with our children's natural amazement to what Mother Nature brought us to enjoy over the holiday break...SNOW!
Since the windchill was in the teens and twenties and our little babes are quite young and vulnerable we decided to bring the snow IN for some science, discovery and play!
I like to MOVE IT!
Later in the day...and the week...
We do lots and lots of fine motor skills practice that take the shape of many different forms of "play." They don't realize that its learning...it's so organic and self-directed that it doesn't seem like anything other than having a GREAT time.
Here the girls are using scissors and papers to cut out anything they like. The older children asked that I draw different shapes, objects, etc. for them to cut out. This was a wonderful opportunity for me to make every moment count. I drew a butterfly, a heart, a house, a tree. These are simple shapes, but incorporate alot of angles, curves and edges that maintained their focus for quite some time. When they would accidently cut too short or long, we would simply draw again and try again.
Lots of great fine motor practice and fun occurs during simple moments like these....
MY favorite pic of the week!
We decided to make snowmen. This was a lesson in counting, size recognition, color and again...a discussion on seasons and tempurature.
What makes this MY favorite picture of the week is the DETERMINATION on all those little faces. As you can see they each have a FULL bottle of glue and the green light to SQUEEZE!
This is just the way they like it...uninhibited, no rules, no worries, let the mess ensue! It's also a time when you could almost here a pin drop they are so engaged in their "edu" play! We started with the BIG circles, then the medium sized and last, the small circles. We stacked them one upon the next, added some black circles eyes and smiles and then some more scissor practice to cut up scrap paper into LOTS of snow for our snowman pictures. These turned out super sweet, the children were so proud of their accomplishment and ready to show them off to their families upon arrival.
I forgot to mention...
These two books about snow were the class favorites during this week. We read "The Jacket I Wear In The Snow," MANY times each day.
It's a cute little book with a great meter. It talks about all the things we wear when we go out in the snow and concludes with the "tear that fell from my eye," along with "this is the Mommy that wiped the tear that fell from my eye."
We also discussed how snowflakes are frozen rain, which is why snow turns back INTO water when it gets warmer. From this we talked all about snowflakes being "unique." That meant that each one was different, none are the same, just like people.
We practiced making each one of our snowflakes different too with glitter, glue, paints, and stickers. Sure enough, not one of them looked alike!
Life is made of moments...
"There isn't anything more full of hope, joy and peace than a child's smile... It captures the mundane and makes it extraordinary." - LaDonna Woolsey
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