Winter

 Lots of snow in our area this week! Perfect timing! First we had our  Opening Song, where we said hi to the librarian, the Christmas tree, the silver bells and our Story Time friends!

BOOK: Snow is Falling
by Franklyn M. Brenley
illustrated by Holly Keller

snow is falling

Non-fiction book about snow – how it is formed, what the flakes look like, why we need snow!  I always love a well written and age-appropriate non-fiction book!

GAME CUBE!- check out the link to these fun songs we pick by rolling our Game Cube dice!

This week the cube had us play “If You’re Happy and You Know It”

BOOK: Red Sled
by Lita Judge

Red Sled

Hilarious book about what happens when a group of animals borrow a little boy’s sled. Told with only word sounds it is a great read-aloud and the kids love it.  I do too.  Funny and a little different and beautifully told through the gorgeous illustrations (also by Lita Judge).

SONG: Jingle Bells

We grabbed as many jingly instruments as we could find and had a rousing chorus of everyone’s favorite winter sledding song!

BOOK: Snow Happy! by Patricia Hubbell

Snow Happy

Reading this book makes me SNOW HAPPY! Very fun repetitive verse tells a story of playing in the snow from dressing to cocoa. Great read-aloud.

Flannel Story-
There Was a Cold Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow

I know a cold lady feltboard

Aunt Bea is back!  For the rhyme and a download of the images I used click HERE!  The kids were totally amazed at the snowman!

(Based on the book by Lucille Colandro – the book is cute but the meter is off and so are the rhymes – and I wanted to ditch the pipe and add a carrot.)

SHUFFLE DANCE: Check out our dance list here!

The iPod picked: “Irrational Anthem” always a good time!

CRAFT:  Snowflakes

Beaded snowflake
MATERIALS:
Pipe cleaners
Clear beads

snowflake supplies

DIRECTIONS:
Cut three pipe cleaners in half – this will make one BIG snowflake or two small ones
(We made small ones and it was plenty of work!)

Take three pipe cleaner pieces and twist them together at the center point.
String beads onto each section, closing 5 of the sections by twisting the end of the pipe cleaner after it is almost full.
Twist the 6th section into the shape of a hook for hanging.

Closing Rhyme & Song

How it Went:

SNOW MUCH FUN!  The very first book had to be edited a tiny bit for length, we had some fabulous younger siblings today and a lot of younger 3s. Once we got moving the Story Time took off! Craft was a little challenging for some of the kids, but we had a great bunch of grandparents who jumped right in and made it all work out fine!

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