When returning to school after the holidays, the girls observed many things about how the weather had turned cold, the leaves were no longer on the trees, and that many trees on our campus were still green. These trees, we answered, were called evergreens and would remain green all year long. They asked to do another drawing of a winter tree to add to our seasonal tree in the hall. On our walk to lunch one day we took along magnifying glasses to closely examine a winter tree to make observations in order to watercolor these trees when we returned to the classroom. When asked the question "what might we see on these trees when the temperature gets really cold?", they responded "snow". So using cotton, our fine motor skills continued to develop as we tore and glued cotton to create our winter trees to add to our seasonal tree in our hallway.
Our seasonal exploration continued with a wonderful conversation about the season of winter. The girls were asked the following questions:
-What are some observations you are noticing about the temperature outside? Is it cold or warm?
-How do the clothes we wear change with winter weather?
-What are some activities we might do in the winter season?
With these questions in mind the girls responded that we must dress to stay warm, and that we could build a snowman if it snowed! They also commented that if the lake froze like an ice cube, we could go ice skating on the Hutchison lake! This conversation led to creating our winter scene of snowman and skaters gliding across the lake.
Creating individual snowmen was lots of fun after discussing that this would be an activity that could only happen in the winter. The girls were asked to create their own snowmen given lots of different materials to choose from to complete their snowmen with faces, and warm winter scarves and hats.
-Fine motor, drawing and cutting
They were also very excited about creating their ice skaters; choosing the colors, tracing and cutting each individual part, and, using oil pastels, they drew each individual face, calling attention to the details of their face including eye color, eyebrows, mouth, noses, and matching the color of their hair. The skaters were then glittered and decorated to complete this winter activity. The skaters were certainly dressed for the cold weather with warm sweaters and earmuffs!
-Fine motor; drawing and tracing, cutting
-Observation and awareness of a winter activity