As part of our snowman/ winter unit we took a walk outside to look for signs of winter before lunch yesterday. We used all our senses to see, hear, smell, taste (we made sure the snow was clean!) and feel signs of winter and then compared them to the signs of fall we had seen. I consider myself lucky to be reminded by the children on a daily basis how much joy there is in little things. They were all so thrilled to eat snow and describe how it tasted, to run in the snow and try to camouflage themselves, to look for prints in the snow that might belong to a bear, to stand still for a minute to listen to what winter sounds like, and to smell winter in broken pine needles. They were enthusiastic to be outside and breathing the cold air into their lungs and looking to see if it made clouds as we breathed it out. And spotting a few crows hanging around caused the children to shout and jump and run after them in excitement and changed our minds about all birds heading for warmer climes at the first hint of snow. The next time you're outside, just for a second, appreciate some signs of winter and capture a bit of the pleasure we felt just being outdoors today.
Despite the slow start to the week, it was a great week to begin a new year. The children were excited to be at school, I was excited to be at school and Mrs. Unsworth was excited to be at school. We caught up with holiday stories, we reviewed some old things and learned some new things and capped it all off with an afternoon of sliding. It doesn't get much better than that. I know that the rest of this school year will be just as great.
Just a quick reminder that we will be sledding tomorrow afternoon so if your child has a slider that is small enough for them to carry, put their name on it and bring it to school tomorrow. We will be storing them inside our classroom until we are ready to go. If a sled is unavailable, we will have extras and Team Awesome is always willing to share. The snow has already become much wetter and heavier so if you would send a second pair of mittens in your child's pack that we can change into before we go (the first pair will probably be soggy and cold) that would be awesome! And of course, don't forget snow pants and a hat. We are looking forward to an awesome time!
It has been a crazy start to the 2015 year with all the nasty, nutty weather. After a green Christmas who would have thought we would get so much snow in so few days? Not one but two snow days?! A first in the history of SD 73. I am sure Team Awesome, and you, are ready to get the party started!
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