January is a good month to learn about winter, animals in winter, snow and snowmen. As we were building the snowman in the school field a few weeks ago, the children had some interesting questions and suppositions about how snow is made. So we looked into the water cycle. We read some books, watched a few videos, looked at pictures of real snowflakes, did an experiment, learned to fold and cut paper into snowflakes, talked about symmetry and we are 'growing' our own snowflake on the science table. The activity they keep coming back to is folding and cutting snowflakes. They have yet to tire of it and often ask to do it for free choice time. And as it is a great way to develop fine motor and cutting skills, I am happy to provide the paper. Some of their great snowflakes have been put up on our windows.
I have taught many grades, including high school, but LOVE teaching primary.