|Our cute Snowflake Snowmen turned out great!|
Then I teach the kids how to make a snowflake from a circle the parent helpers cut out for us. I think we cut them down to 5 and 4 inch circles this year so our art projects could be smaller than last year.
|Snowflake Snowmen and Winter Acrostic Poems|
Then after that we make a giant list of W words, then I words, then N words on the board as the kids help by brainstorming. Then we start writing the acrostic phrases or sentences (depending on how you want to differentiate) or lower grades could just copy the word.
|Snowflake Snowman Art|
|Snowman Bulletin Board turned out cute!|
|I had the kids not cut on the outside of the circles so the outlines would stay intact.|
Then I gave each child a 1/2 inch strip of brown for the twig arms. They cut off 2 little bits for the 2 "fingers" and add them on the ends of the "arms".
I edit with the help of a parent (30 kids takes awhile) and then the next day we rewrite them on this cute Winter Acrostic paper and decorate snowman and the snowflakes on the paper. Decorative paper is a real motivator to finish for young children.
|I have a monthly WORD BANK I put up with words the kids might use in their winter writing.....Each month the shape changes as well as the words.|
At ABC Teach there are some cute snow similes to start everybody thinking about great words to describe the winter season. It is a great warm up. Here's a poem we read as a chant or rap using drums and bongos and snapping our fingers.
|Snowflake Poem we rap to.....|
|These 2 songs are really fun to sing. I have percussion instruments and 3 xylophones that the kids can play to the songs. It's a good way to do some shared reading with an element of fun in rereading the text.|
|Winter Acrostics with sentences that remind us of winter things....|
|Spelling Activity using a snowman.....students wrote their words on the belly!|
|Winter Poetry was fun to do in snowy January|
|This song is fun to start out standing in a squat and then growing as you sing "tall, tall, tall", and then when you are melting go back down to the squat slowly while singing "small, small, small....".|
|I had to include this cute picture of my grandbabies with their daddy constructed snowman. Cute right?|
Another fun "snow" activity I do in January is to bring out shaving cream and put about a golfball sized lump on top of everybody's desk. Then I read them Katy and the Big Snow. They are the snowplowers (using their fingers) as we travel to Geopolis and do North, South, East and West using a N or S or E or W written in the "snow" which is the shaving cream.
By the time the story is over the room smells great and the desks are really clean. We wipe them off with a paper towel (not much cream is left after mooshing it all over for 5 minutes!). It is always a fun winter activity we do. I just ordered the Fancy Nancy winter book. It looks like fun too.
|Here are some of my January classroom decorations I put out in place of all the cute Christmas ones.|
|January Snowmen decorate the classroom today.....|
|Here is my Winter bulletin board with just a few of the songs I put up to sing throughout the month of January.|
|The hat for the SNOWFLAKE SNOWMAN is 31/2 square in black with a 1 x 5 inch brim for the cute little craft.|
|We had lots of fun making snowman art and stamping snowflakes with white paint.....this year we made our snowflakes out of white crayon and star shapes with lines on the ends.|
|Cutest winter bulletin board of the year I think.....now we just have to write our Snowman Stories!|
|Here is a sample!! Then we add snowflakes using white paint and some stamps we got at Lakeshore Learning Oriental Trading also has some cute ones Here.|
|Snowman Story paper...|
SNOWMAN STORIES very soon. They are always very fun to read.