THIS WAS POSTED JANUARY 2011
WE HAVE A NEW WINTER THEME POST JANUARY 2, 2012. HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: Under My Hood I Have a Hat by Karla Kuskin
We’re also GIVING AWAY: Animals of the Polar Regions by Creative Edge. From penguins to seals to polar bears, discover some of the amazing animals that live around the frigid lands of the North and South Poles. All of these animals live in “winter” type weather.
We’re also GIVING AWAY: A set of Animals of the World fact cards by Creative Edge. The cards highlight facts, including habitats, of animals around the world. Animals from Arctic regions can be highlighted during this winter study.
Why we love this book:
The text is a simple rhyming chant, taking children through the steps of getting dressed for snowy, winter weather. Children love the sing-song pattern, the colorful pictures and the main character. However, the girl’s little dog, who helps her get dressed and sips tea, is the real show stealer in this book. The children just love that little dog. Under My Hood I Have a Hat opens the door to many winter weather learning activities . . .
Quick early literacy tip: We prefer to write and label the tubs with our children. Often in an effort to be organized, teachers label everything prior to class. However, when labeling with the children, we have the opportunity to engage the children in early literacy foundations.
What do you hear at the beginning of mitten, scarf, hat . . . ?
What do I need to add to the end of mitten to change it to mittens?
Keep it simple and meaningful: We LIKE things simple! And we like doing as much as possible with the children, rather than preparing for the children. By engaging the children in labeling the tubs, we’ve kept the activity simple and engaging. Encourage the children to read the labels for their parents as they are picked-up from school.
Early Literacy: Brainstorm a list of clothes you need for snowy, winter weather. This is the perfect time to model letter sounds and letter formation. Building early literacy foundations is all about experiences, experiences, experiences. We always try to keep brainstorming sessions short with preschoolers! When they start wiggling we stop brainstorming.
Wintery Self-Portraits: Those of you who have been with us a while know we are not big fans of black line color sheets. But once in a while we run across a runoff that allows children to express their unique personality. This sheet allowed the children to dress themselves for winter weather. This little girl is far from finished with her self-portrait but if you look closely you’ll notice that she has dressed herself complete with earrings.
To enter this contest, just answer the following question in the comments section of this post.
How do you spell scarf (s) plural? We two sisters, who can not spell, had a spelling debate over this word. So we looked it up. You can spell it scarfs or scarves. Is the English language confusing or what? So we’re taking a little pole. How do you spell scarf (s) plural? (Or just say “Hey.” We’re flexible around here.)
One entry per person, please.
No entries after 8:00 pm Central Time, Thursday, January 13, 2011
The winner must be a resident of The United States.
The winner will be selected at random and announced Friday, January 14, 2011. Check back it might be you!
Miss Trisha is sharing a Snowy Day Art adventure you’ll want to explore with your children.