As I said last week, I’m still trying to catch up, so here’s my winter story time from December.
We started with our usual opening song: “If You Want to Hear a Story.” Then, I introduced the theme since a lot of the kids might not remember or even know what snow is. We talked a bit about what winter looks like here to get them interested. Then, we read our first book: Winter Is the Warmest Season by Lauren Stringer
This is a really cute book about all the things that are warmer in winter (blankets, clothing, drinks, food, hugs, etc.), and it has some great illustrations that the kids enjoyed.
Then, we sang “Dance Like Snowflakes” from Preschool Education.
(To the tune of “Frere Jacques”)
Dance like snowflakes,
Dance like snowflakes
In the air
In the air.
Whirling, twirling snowflakes
Whirling, twirling snowflakes.
Here and there.
Here and there.
Then, we used a “Mitten Match Flannel” that a former youth facilitator made and left. She originally got the idea from Miss Mary Liberry.
After that, we sang “Who Is Made of Snow?” which is also from Preschool Education.
(To the tune of Do Your Ears Hang Low?”)
Who is made of snow
When the temperature is low?
Who stands outside
When the ground is cold and white?
Who starts to melt
When the warm sunshine is felt?
Who is made of snow?
Of course, the kids loved shouting out the answer to the riddle!
Then, we read our next book: Snowmen At Night by Caralyn Buehner
This is a cute book, but, surprisingly, some of my classes found it a bit scary. So, I ended up cutting it from my younger classes and only using it for my 4 and 5 year olds.
Then, we stood up for our next action rhyme: “Five Little Snowmen Fat.” This is also from Preschool Education.
Five little snowmen fat (cheeks puffed out, arms open wide)
Each with a great big hat (place imaginary hat on head)
Out came the sun (point to the sky)
And m…e…l…t…e…d one! (melt whole body to the floor)
Oh, how sad was that? (wipe away tears)
I cannot stress enough how much the kids loved this action rhyme! They wanted everything to melt after this.
Then, we sang “Dance Around Our Snowman” from Preschool Education.
(Sung to the tune of “Mulberry Bush”)
This is the way we dance around,
This is the way we dance around
Our snowman in the morning.
Our last book was Hello, Snow by Hope Vestergaard
This was a pretty cute book, and the kids thought the crash was so silly!
Then, we just had to sing “Frosty the Snowman” before our “Goodbye, Goodbye Song.”
Our craft this week was a snowflake ornament made from popsicle sticks, cotton balls, and, yes, some glitter. You know it’s a special week when the glitter comes out! The kids and parents loved them!