Winter time tour around the preschool classroom

by Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. on January 12, 2013

in Around the Classroom

Winter time is such a busy season with so many wonderful things to do and so today, I am sharing an overview of some of the things we have been exploring in our classroom…

We had a visit from Chris at Silly Safari who brought some beautiful animals to share with the children….

Classroom Animal Visitors by Teach Preschool

Shhhh, be sure to be quiet when walking by our hibernating bears. They are sleeping until spring!…

Hibernating Bears by Teach Preschool

Playing a little “I Spy” with our math tokens we have saved this year…

Math Trays by Teach Preschool

Cooking up some dinner…

Cooking up some dinner by Teach Preschool

Reading with a friend is so much fun…

Reading together by Teach Preschool

Brrrr! These icicles are cold on our hands…

Exploring Icicles by Teach Preschool

How about a little light table geometry…

Exploring the light table by Teach Preschool

Who has built the tallest or shortest snowman tower?

Snowman Towers by Teach Preschool

What happens when water freezes? ….

Classroom magazine by Teach Preschool

What happens when our snowman melts?…

Snowman Bottles by Teach Preschool

Melting Snowman by Teach Preschool

A rainbow of colors in our snow…

Snow science by Teach Preschool

A snowman snack…

Snowman Snack in a Bag by Teach Preschool

Documenting our snowman explorations in our journals…

Snowman Journals by Teach Preschool

I hope you enjoyed this brief look all around our classroom today!  I will be back very soon with more!

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1 pam January 12, 2013 at 1:02 am

We had planned on bringing some snow in as well! Sadly we had warm then freezing temps and our snow is very icy, so we are hoping for fresh snow soon. Instead we switched gears and ended up amazed. Our class has been very resistant to scissor work and today out of the blue seven kids set at a table on their own cutting paper into pieces. We wanted to scream hallelujah, but we refrained and just celebrated quietly. Then low and behold our one little boy who has been unable to connect with the other boys for play suddenly did today! I needed to share with someone, my husband just didn’t get the significance of that. Not that I would complain about him, he got out of the hospital yesterday and while I was at work the pre-school’s new wooden toy kitchen came and he put it together!

2 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. January 12, 2013 at 8:18 am

Hi Pam,
So many small victories! What a joy for you and what a pleasure to find here on my wall today! Our snow as all melted but we managed to get in just a few days of snow play before it did. I hope you get a fresh snow too. I love it that your students are finding their own way and you are patiently, and quietly, leading them towards success. And your husband sounds like a real gem – I hope he is feeling better. Here’s to many more small victories to come for you!

3 StacyinPA January 12, 2013 at 9:01 am

I just want to thank you for sharing and all you do! I love all your ideas and it helps strengthen my classroom too. Thank you so much! Your page is my absolute favorite!!!!!

4 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. January 13, 2013 at 1:42 pm

I am so glad that you are finding ideas to inspire you Stacy! We all need to be inspired for sure. Thank you for your sweet comment today!

5 Dottie January 12, 2013 at 9:01 am

I have to tell you, I LOVE your emails. My classroom, has been able to benefit in small, and larger ways from seeing what you’ve posted. We pulled snow this week, quite a few times, in differing ways. I made a 3 little bears story box when you posted the pre-made story boxes. Even though, I love being a teacher, I want to be a little child to be in your class. I think as a child, I would have had some many brain synapsis connections, not to mention love and respect as a child. This is coming from someone who doesn’t even know you, just what she sees from your emails. I wanted to give you this feedback, because, I’ve put myself out there on facebook with my art, and people have liked it, not leaving specific comments. Specific comments are so helpful, and when they aren’t there it may be less encouraging.
P.S one thing we did try this year after I saw a video on the computer is, to blow a regular bubble outside when it was really cold to watch the bubbles freeze and break. It was realllllly cool.
Dottie

6 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. January 13, 2013 at 1:42 pm

Thank you for taking the time to leave such a sweet comment. You are right, it does motivate me to know when others are benefiting from my blog and this was wonderful to read today! I haven’t tried blowing bubbles in the freezing cold – I will add that to our list of explorations!

7 Doreen January 12, 2013 at 11:54 am

Hi Deborah
Can you tell me what you made your Hibernating Bears bear caves out of, it looks like a great idea we’ve always used styrofoam soup bowls.

8 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. January 13, 2013 at 1:40 pm

These are white tubes we collected from our local Walgreens. Walgreens has been generously saving these tubes for us and we use them for art, blocks, and other types of play in our classroom. They are white, cardboard tubes used in their photo department to hold their photo paper. When the paper is all gone, they throw the tubes away – except now they save them for us!

9 Victoria @ Mommy Marginalia January 13, 2013 at 4:45 pm

Have missed your posts the latter part of this week, but more than anything hope all is well with you and yours!

10 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. January 13, 2013 at 8:26 pm

Thank you Victoria,
There are those times when you gotta just put things aside for the family:) Everyone is doing fine and it is nice that I can be free to help as needed!

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