All of our snow has melted away, but we are still holding out hope for more. Living in Illinois means that most likely the next month or so will be full of dull gray days. Bright white snow just makes the gray more bearable.
We are going to continue doing some snow themed activities in our schoolroom in the hopes that nature takes the hint and gifts us with a real snowstorm. Today, we read a couple mitten themed books: The Mitten by Jan Brett and The Little Kittens by Paul Galdone. Both authors are known for retelling classic stories with exquisite illustrations. Jan Brett uses watercolors to create realistic illustrations. Her books also commonly have border art that offers a new vantage point to the story or foreshadows a coming character. Some other winter themed books by Jan Brett are: The Three Snow Bears and The Hat. Paul Galdone's illustration are usually ink sketches with a watercolor wash. His illustrations are more impish and whimsical, but still are very rich in detail. His folktale books are must for any child's bookshelf.
After reading the books I pulled out our mitten pairs for the kiddos to hang on a makeshift clothesline. The older kiddos worked on pairing up contractions and homophones. BabyZ just worked on pairing up colors. He also had a lot of fun taking down Mini Man and Little Lady's work...little brothers are so cute and so annoying.
If you'd like your own set, I made them available on my google drive. There are four sets: homophones, contractions, upper & lowercase alphabet, and blank. The blank can be used for a toddler to match colors like BabyZ, or I thought it be a fun way to practice math facts. You could write the equation on one mitten and the answer on the other.
You can find more more winter themed ideas we've done in the past here and here. We've also expanded on a couple other winter themed books: The Snowy Day, and The Bear Snores On.
What about you, are you still getting snow where you live? Are you hoping for more or already wishing for spring?
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