We have enjoyed the story A Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats. We examined the pictures (made out of collage) in the book, talked about our own experiences with snow and discussed why snow disappears inside a building.
We also sang snow/winter songs and read our poem First Snow again.
Snow makes whiteness where it falls.
The bushes look like popcorn balls.
The places where I always play
look like somewhere else today.
Marie Louise Allen
We talked about “whiteness” and things that are white. We looked out the window and talked about the white “blanket” of snow all over the place where we like to play. We looked at the snow covered bushes.
Then we went to the STUDIO and looked at some popcorn kernels. (The children had no idea what they were.) When I showed them an ear of dried corn, they discovered they were corn kernels. Then we put the kernels in our electric skillet with a bit of oil and listened to the oil sizzle. Soon the kernels began to pop. We made piles of popcorn, imagining they were snow-covered bushes like the ones we had just observed.
After enjoying our snack of popcorn, we explored some items in the STUDIO that were white (cotton balls, pipe cleaners, lace, beads, crinkled paper). After describing the texture of these items, we created a large “white snow” collage. Each child completed the sentence, “Snow is as white as___________.”
We also enjoyed guessing what the white blob was in the book It Looked Like Spilt Milk. The children were sure it was snow or flour. They were very surprised it “was just a cloud in the sky.”
Bible Story on Fridays
For the next few weeks we will be focusing on the theme of “Jesus Friends”. We heard the story of Mary and Joseph bringing baby Jesus to the temple. At the temple Simeon and Anna welcomed and held baby Jesus. Another Friday we heard the story of a grown Jesus who welcomed and held the little children.
We will be hearing stories about Jesus’ fishing friends, Martha and Mary and Zaccheaus. We will discuss how Jesus is our friend and how we can be a friend to others.