I've always had a love/ hate relationship with winter. I grew up in New England, so I'm no stranger to snow. I've been sledding, skiing, tubing on snow, snowmobiling, and ice skating. I've made snow forts, snow angels, and snowmen. I've done plenty of shoveling and scraping ice off the car. I've got plenty of experience driving in the snow and can manipulate my way out of a major skid. I've driven white knuckled to many a destination.
I love how excited the kids get after a snow. I love their rosy cheeks and the swish, swish, swish of the kids all wrapped up in their snow clothes. I love how the fresh fallen snow sparkles in the sunlight.
But I'm not so fond of driving in it, shoveling it, or just plain being cold. And I don't like the short days and long nights.
But, I have to admit, it's a great opportunity to do fun learning activities! I make sure I have plenty of books to read to the children and let them read: Here are some of my favorites:
Be sure to click the covers to see a full write up on each book from Amazon!
Winter is also a fun excuse to play games to practice their skills. Here are a couple of mine:
Winter Math Stories With 2 Questions has 20 different Math Stories with winter themes.
For your sports fans:
Hat Trick Long Vowels - a BINGO type game to practice long vowel words - with a hockey theme, of course!
Hat Trick Place Value - a BINGO type game to practice hundreds, tens and ones! Also with a hockey theme!
With all the cold weather and winter sports, I think this time of year is a great time to introduce our friendly neighbors to the north... Canada!
Of course, that's a completely different post!
I also like to use snow when we study States of Matter.
But do you want to know my favorite thing to do in winter here in New England?
Take a virtual field trip to Mexico!
Of course, that's a totally different post as well, but I can make a virtual field trip to Mexico last a few weeks! The kids are so imaginative!
Be sure to check out Sunny Days in Second Grade for loads of Winter ideas!