Snow Much Fun

Upcoming Dates and Announcements:

  • For our service based project to celebrate Dr. King’s message, we will be holding our famous button sale! The proceeds of this sale will go to The Sarah Heinz House located in Pittsburgh. They offer programs that focus on providing a safe and fun environment for their kids to explore and grow. These buttons are handcrafted by all of Early Childhood (Preschool, Junior Kindergarten, and Senior Kindergarten) and will be on sale from Monday, January 15-Friday, January 19th (or while supplies last)
    Helpful Heroes for (Sarah) Heinz House buttons will be 1 for $2 or 2 for $3. We will also be collecting art supplies to donate along with all of the proceeds from our button sale. These art supplies can include: markers, crayons, paint, air dry clay, white tee-shirts, art paper, construction paper, glue, etc.
  • Please send your child a cardboard shoe box or similar-sized box by Tuesday, January 16th—no need to buy anything. We will have extra to share!
  • Friday, January 26th, is an all-school 11:30 dismissal.  Aftercare is available.
  • Winter Break- No School February 9-12
  • Tuesday, February 13- 10:00 start
  • March 2nd-10th- Spring Break. Classes resume at 10:00 on Monday, March 11th.
  • Wednesdays are our library days.  Please return any books your child has finished reading on this day. Sign up here to be a Guest Reader!
  • Thursdays are Preschool’s walk your child to class day.  Feel free to park at the shelter and join us for our daily discovery time if your schedule allows! 
  • We have friends with allergies and are a nut-free classroom. 
  • When it snows: You may touch the snow if you have gloves on. You may walk in the snow if you have boots on. You may play in the snow if you have snow pants on.
  • Beforecare is available in the gym from 7:30- 8:20, and aftercare from 3:30-5:00.
  • Teacher Email: mshah@wcdsedu.com, awolle@wcdsedu.com, aschultz@wcdsedu.com 

A Look at Our Week:

This week was brought to you by the letter Ss for snow! We incorporated a Phonics/Spanish/Science fusion into our week. We learned all about the letter Ss! We practiced the sound it makes, like a ssssssnake or ssssserpiente! We practiced skywriting the curvy letter and listed friends’ names and words we know that begin with that same sound. Un Día de Nieve or The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats introduced us to a new word: nieve or snow in español! The children noticed that on the last page, the nieve was not blanca(white), but azul(blue), verde(green), y rosada(pink). The colorful snow pictures led to “snow much fun” with our science provocations! First, the children were given watercolors and ice cubes.  What happens to ice cubes inside? “They get warmer!” “They melt!”.  As solid became liquid, their ice trays became more and more colorful as they painted on them. Next, we mixed baking soda and shaving cream to form our “inside snow”. It even felt cold! Finally, we filled cups with water, and the children added watercolor, glitter, gems, and sequins.  When they felt their creation was ready, they topped it off with a string, and we placed them in the freezer.  We asked what the kiddos thought would happen in the freezer, and they were right on the mark.  “They’ll get colder!” “They’ll freeze!” “It makes it ice!”. The sleeping, leafless trees outside of our classroom will be decorated with their colorful, icy decorations. 

While winter’s cold and dreariness may make us adults less than excited to venture outside, when we pause and change our perspective to that of the children, we can feel the magic, excitement, and anticipation of what this season may bring: snow! “Children love snow better than anyone does…The snow loves them back”. Cynthia Rylant’s Snow and Lucille’s Snowsuit by Kathryn Lasky inspired our January self-portraits. The children recreated the wintery snow scene from Snow for their backgrounds.  White crayon on white paper may not seem very exciting, but add shades of blue watercolors, allowing the white to shine through, and wintery magic is in the air! Then, after reading Lucille’s Snowsuit, we had a class conversation about what items we need to keep our bodies dry and warm when it’s snowy. The children used Sharpies and oil pastels to draw themselves ready to play in the snow.

What do we need to put on before we play in the snow?

  • Kipton- A hat and you can put something on your face.
  • Mylah- Well…a snowsuit!
  • Noah- Shoes.  Umm, boots!
  • Lucas- Snow pants and Christmas socks.
  • Aubrey- A warm-sleeved shirt.
  • Forrest- Glubs!(gloves)
  • Dax- A scarf.
  • Scarlet- Mear-ups!(earmuffs)
  • Stylee- Boots and a scarf.
  • Parker- You need some cool pants on ‘cause that’s so cool!
  • Hailey- A coat. We did a hat, and we did gloves, and we did socks and, and…:)
  • Sophia- Lipgloss so your lips don’t get chapped.

We hope you all find the joy in this beautifully chilly season and have a great weekend!

-Meredith, Arden, and Airry