A New Year
This month our main focus will be on the season of winter. There are so many things to explore in each season, that every year looks a little different depending on what is actually happening in our area and what the students are interested in. This year we haven't had much snow yet, so we began by thinking about the colder temperatures.
We used water beads to explore changes that happen when something freezes.
Hot Chocolate Math
As we've talked about the things we can do to stay warm in the winter, one favorite is hot chocolate. This is a simple math game that we play to practice one-to-one correspondence and counting those tricky teen numbers.
Waiting for Snow
We read a book about some animals who try all sorts of silly things to get it to snow, but in the end they just have to wait for snow to come when it does. It seemed a fitting book for this year, and we'll just keep playing with our own kinds of "snow" until we get some to explore outside.
One class became very interested in creating snow with paper punches.
We made a snowy world on the light table.
And we've been doing different kinds of winter inspired art, like this snowy spin art project.