The snowfall we had over the weekend created a Winter wonderland which I had enjoyed over the weekend. When I arrived at school on Monday, I saw that the playground had been covered in a thick layer of snow. By the time the bell rang for entry time, the snow had not been disturbed too much. I quickly altered my plans for the day and decided to do a little outdoor learning. Once our morning routine had been completed (singing, counting, reading and correcting the message of the day), I took my class outside.
Last week we began our inquiry on structures so I asked them to build a structure with the snow (on their own or with a partner). A turtle was created, castles, castle walls, volcanoes, and a few original creations. I snapped pictures of their work with my iPad and this week I am going to ask them to write an explanation of the structure they had created. This activity will be done using the iPad and the app Piccollage.
After work comes play – and once their structures had been completed, the children enjoyed the freshly fallen snow until recess.
This week I am grateful for snow. Not only is it beautiful to look at, but it also gave me the opportunity to take the children’s learning outside.
Last week we enjoyed the white of snow on the ground. My favourite day, however, was on Tuesday when the snow was gently falling and the trees were covered in white. My favourite photo of the scenes I took was the one of the Silver Birch. (If you missed my pictures of the snow, you can visit here.)
The snow has all melted now with the higher temperatures we had over the weekend. Snow is predicted for this week but we will see whether we will get more than a few centimetres.
Do you have Silver Birch trees in your neighbourhood?
Tuesday morning we woke to the sight of gently falling snow – a vision we have not seen much of this winter. It had snowed during the night, and our world was covered in a blanket of white. My first view as I stepped out of our apartment building was the branches of the trees. It looked so beautiful – almost like a fairytale.
As I walked to the subway station, I admired views I had seen before (but not this winter). This is the first proper snowfall we have had this year and I have missed seeing our environment covered in white. Grey is so dull and that is all we have seen this winter season.
As I walked down the road, I enjoyed the feel of the softly falling snow and admired the sights around me. The snow had not been dirtied yet, nor had it been turned to slush from trampling feet and moving cars.
After my train ride, I walked a little in the suburbs where the snow had been untouched by pedestrians.
I arrived early at my destination and I could not resist walking a little more before going indoors.
As always, my eye was drawn to the beauty of the snow-covered trees. I liked especially the silver birch tree in front of someone’s home.
The snow continued through the night and into Wednesday morning. I admire the beauty of a white winter but I know we will pay the price when the snowfall stops and the temperatures drop.
Winter has been slow in coming with the result that our surroundings are brown, gey and dull instead of being blanketed in snow. Yesterday I woke up to snow on the ground and, as I stepped outside, was greeted with the sight of gently falling snow.
The school playground was a treat for the children as they frolicked and enjoyed the soft, white covering on the playground.
At the moment my class and I are discussing water: the water cycle and the different states of water. With the falling snow, I took the opportunity to go outside with my students and not only enjoy the beautiful weather, but also collect snow and ice to bring into the classroom. The children made some observations about the changes they saw.
This week I am grateful for the snow. Not only for its beauty but also for the opportunity to take my class outside for a little while.
Last month I shared some pictures of our local park – a park that I walk by everyday to and from my place of work. The scene during the month of February has changed and become white as we have had a few snowfalls this month. The pictures below were taken on 4 February at 3:45pm.
The bicycle racks always capture my attention as they become covered with snow. I wonder whether they will be in working order in the spring, or whether they will be too rusted to move.
Not many children play in the park this year. Not because it is too cold for the children (they are well protected in the snow pants) but because parents and caregivers do not want to stand outside in the chilly weather. It is a pity, though, as the park looks beautiful at this time of year.
What does one do when it is too cold to take the children out but the snow beckons? Bring the snow into the classroom!
The water table in our classroom has looked a little different for the last couple of weeks. Children have been molding and constructing with the snow we have brought in once the morning routine has been completed. Creativity has abounded with the cold, white medium.
Some children have experimented with colours and splashed them on the pristine snow to make the water table look even more different.
What would you do if you had the opportunity to play at the snow table?
Yesterday was a beautiful day to be outside. The ground was covered in white, the temperatures were not too low, and the wind had decided to stay away. It was a day I did not mind being outside for a while – especially at a place I had not visited before. While walking the grounds at the university library, I came across this stone arrangement of a large house that had been converted for use at the campus.
The old entranceway to the house looked magnificent covered in snow and I could not resist snapping a picture. Looking at the scene, I could imagine how grand it would have looked back in the old days at the height of its grandeur.
Did you see anything for the first time yesterday??
Last week we had snow falling gently for over a day. Luckily we escaped a blizzard – but we did not escape the cold. The dropping temperatures forced us to dress in warm winter gear while still in the middle of Fall. Even though the temperatures were lower, I did enjoy the sight of fresh snow on the ground. The day after the snowfall, I had the chance to walk in a nearby park and thought I would take you with me.
The snow that had been sprinkled on the ground suited the almost bare trees:
There is a small brook running through the park and I have always loved the sight of it surrounded by white.
The angled branches hanging over the water does lend atmosphere to the scene, I think.
The snow fell consistently for over a day but did not manage to cover every nook and cranny of the rocks found in the park.
As I walked past the children’s playground, I saw that it was empty. Visitors had not yet come to disturb the virgin snow.
I noticed that not all trees and bushes have lost their leaves – a sign that we are still in the autumnal season.
As I walk past this bench, I do not sit down to pause awhile. The temperatures werebelow zero and I needed to keep moving to be warm.
I noticed the sun setting behind the trees and could not help thinking how pretty it was.
As I left the park, I noticed a group of children tobogganing down the slope. They looked like they were having a lot of fun.
I enjoy walking on the snow – especially when not many have yet walked in it. I love the silence of the surroundings and the sound of my feet crunching the snow. Temperatures are warmer today and rain is forecast. I know, however, that I will have another opportunity to experience white winter scenes.
Do you enjoy walking in the park after it has snowed?