At the beginning of the school year, when I put my story time dates on the calendar, I go ahead and decide on a theme for each month. I don’t plan them all right away, of course, but I already have an outline for themes (that makes Pinterest stalking much more productive). I knew I was going to focus on snow and cold weather for my January story time back in July. I did not know that our winter would be mostly like spring at that point. We have gone days with temps in the 70’s – near 80’s! My kind of winter, to tell you the truth! But, luckily (?), a cold snap came along just in time for story time! The news was actually even calling for a wintery mix (which we never really got) on the day of my story time! Perfect! Here’s the plan!
– 5 Little Snowmen fingerplay from Mitt Magic (an oldie, but goodie!)
– Snowballs by Lois Ehlert
– We danced the Winter Pokey (we did not sing the whole thing, but just enough to get moving around a little bit).
– Our craft was making snowflakes out of coffee filters and glueing them to blue paper. I even had glitter available for them. Brave! Note to self: next time, only use glitter glue. Not actual loose glitter. I’m thinking some of that is going to stay with us for awhile.
– Snack was trail mix – a mixed up snowman trail mix, to be exact. Poem and idea from this blog.