Week at a Glance:
- Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: Rabbit’s Gift by George Shannon
- Song Adaptation: Ten Little Snowflakes
- FREE printable book: Counting Snowflakes
- FREE printable Snowflake Counters
- The Right Way to Make Paper Snowflakes: link to step-by-step photos
Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: Rabbit’s Gift by George Shannon
Why we love this book:
A pay it forward book woven into a folk tale setting for children. More snow is coming and Rabbit must find more food. When Rabbit finds an extra turnip he decides he wants to share it with Donkey. Not knowing where the gift of the turnip came from, Donkey decides to share it with goat. As the snow gently falls from the sky, each animal decided to pass the turnip to another. By the end of this giving story the turnip comes full circle and returns to rabbit. Rabbit’s simple act of generosity spreads throughout the forest. What a beautiful story of sharing and giving for children. I adore the message in this book!
Song Adaptation: Ten Little Snowflakes
One little, two little, three little snowflakes.
Four little, five little, six little snowflakes.
Seven little, eight little, nine little snowflakes,
Ten little snowflakes falling from the sky.
Start singing and Miss Enigma is immediately on board! This quick song adaptation had her singing and dancing, while she gently did finger motions of 10 little snowflakes floating from the sky.
Print this book FREE: Counting Snowflakes
Print these Counters FREE: Ten Little Snowflake Counters
- two pages of snowflake counters
- big and small snowflake counters
Counting Snowflakes Book Making
- Number Concept and Number Recognition
- I cut apart the snowflake counters and put them into a bowl for Miss Enigma.
- Page by page, Miss Enigma glued the matching number of snowflakes.
Miss Enigma is having trouble recognizing her numbers. She can easily count objects and do simple addition in her head. However, she has trouble with simple number recognition. Hence, all of the little number books to reinforce her number recognition. I have no worries and know she will certainly learn her numbers.
- Miss Enigma is crazy about tracing. She loves it almost as much as cutting.
- On each page she traced both the cardinal number and the number word.
- On the last page, Miss Enigma was free to draw a winter scene with snowflakes.
- She thought she was very clever to draw a snowman reading a snowman book!
- Kids are always ready to think outside of the box. I love it!
- Miss Enigma is learning the number 8.
- Yes, we are going number by number at this point.
- As a teaching Mommy, I have to be ready to adapt to my children’s needs.
- I simply modeled how to write the number 8 with yellow highlighter.
- Miss Enigma traced the 8’s and then tried some on her own.
- She glued 8 sparkly snowflakes to her number picture.
- Sparkles always make learning more fun!
Did you know that ALL snowflakes have six branches, never four, five, seven or eight. Always six! You know what that means? Most of us grew-up folding paper snowflakes incorrectly. I was taught to fold a snowflake resulting in eight branches. Ooops! Fortunately scientist and author Kenneth Libbrecht teaches us how to make a paper snowflake correctly.
- The Secret Life of a Snowflake by Kenneth Libbrecht
- The photos in this science book are some of the most amazing and beautiful we’ve ever seen. Kenneth Libbrecht is a scientist who studies and photographs snowflakes under a microscope.
- Be sure to check it out. The photos are spectacular!
Life with Jeannine
We’re GIVING AWAY one hardcover copy of Rabbit’s Gift by George Shannon
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