I am so grateful…to myself (haha)…that I planned this winter unit out before we took our Christmas vacation. Between going to St. Simons Island for 5 days, and then immediately going to Hawaii for 8 days, by the time I got back between the trip and the time change, I was shot. It took us a good 3 days to reacclimate and get fully unpacked, but finally by Wednesday of the week we returned from Hawaii, I got back into the groove of things and we started on a Winter (and finished up our Arctic) unit. It actually worked in my favor that we waited until January, as January was far colder than December and felt much more wintery. Not just that, but the week after our winter unit, we were able to do some actual snow activity when we got our first real snow in Columbus in 4 years! I still can’t believe we got so lucky!
The main focus of our winter week was hands on activities. Not that we didn’t cover phonics and math also, but since we live in an area that doesn’t usually get snow, it was important to me that the girls got some hands-on wintery experiences.
The girls loved making homemade snow, making fizzing colored ice, and the snowstorm in a jar. Aria would have played with the snowstorm in a jar all day if I would have let her. For the actual snow day, she loved making snow cream, painting the snow, and making Mr. Potato Heads that she could decorate with Mr. Potato Head accessories. Of course, nothing could beat playing together outside and having a snowball fight! The girls also loved making a tent and filling it with really soft comfy things so that they could be bears hibernating in a cave to survive the winter cold. I think they holed up for hours in there.
I’m so grateful that we were able to experience our first real winter in Columbus with the girls this year. I feel like Aria will finally be able to understand that Winter is an actual season and snow truly exists, not that it is some fictional concept. Now, I’m ready to go enjoy some hot chocolate with marshmallows with the girls and enjoy the next 2 weeks of winter here in Columbus before it decides that its ready for Spring to start…in February…
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Jessica and Ana
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