Grateful for Snow

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.

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Learning in the snow. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2017

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.

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Making Snow Angels. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2017

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.

What have you been grateful for this week?

Processed with RookieLast week:

Laura was grateful for cell phones

Lavender Ladi was grateful for a note

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Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Weather

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.)

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Snow-covered Silver Birch in black & white. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2016

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?

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(This post is linked to Cee’s Black & White Challenge.)

A Walk in the Snow

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.

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Snow-covered branches. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2016

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.

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A Snowy park. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2016

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.

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Snow-covered birch tree. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2016

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.

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(This post is linked to Jo’s Monday Walk. Head on over to her place and go for walks around the world.)

Grateful for Snow

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.

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An early morning sight. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2016

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.

What have you been grateful for this week?

Last week:

Lavendar Ladi was grateful for lots of hugs and being away.

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(Join me and share something that you have been grateful for in the past week. Link up with my post and feel free to use the badge my daughter created. )

I enjoy reading what others are grateful for – the posts make me think of other things I am happy to have in my life. Please remember to send me a pingback so that I know you have participated.

The Changing Seasons: February 2015

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.

The Changing Seasons posts for 2015:

January 2015

thechangingseasons challengeDo you visit snow-covered parks?

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(This post is inspired by Cardinal Guzman’s Monthly Challenge: The Changing Seasons)

Winter Lines

The lines in winter seem to stand out in stark contrast to the white snow that surrounds them.

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Winter Lines. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

The empty park benches create horizontal lines that remain unbroken as are the vertical lines of branches that reach for the skies.

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Winter park benches. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

The lines of the playground remain untouched by small hands.

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Lines at a park. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

The spaces amongst the trees are left empty.

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Lines of trees. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

As the sun sinks lower, the winter lines become darker and can be seen more clearly against the freshly fallen snow.

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A snowscape. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

The harsh winter lines that I see everyday will be softened in a few months with the advent of spring. Beauty can be found in winter lines but I do admit to preferring those of a warm spring.

Paula's B&W SundayDo you enjoy winter lines?

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(This post is linked to Paula’s Black & White Sunday. The prompt this week is lines)

A Snow Table

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?

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A Stone Arrangement

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.

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A Stone Arrangement. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

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??

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(This post is linked to Paula’s Black & White Sunday)

A Walk through the Park

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.

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Stepping out in the snow. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

The snow that had been sprinkled on the ground suited the almost bare trees:

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A snow-filled scene. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

There is a small brook running through the park and I have always loved the sight of it surrounded by white.

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A small brook. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

The angled branches hanging over the water does lend atmosphere to the scene, I think.

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A winter scene. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

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.

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A winter park scene. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

As I walked past the children’s playground, I saw that it was empty. Visitors had not yet come to disturb the virgin snow.

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A winter park scene. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

I noticed that not all trees and bushes have lost their leaves – a sign that we are still in the autumnal season.

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Fall leaves. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

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.

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A park bench. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

I noticed the sun setting behind the trees and could not help thinking how pretty it was.

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Setting sun. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

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.

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A winter scene. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

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.

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(This post is linked to Jo’s Monday Walk)

Snowy Scenes

Bloggers in the southern hemisphere are currently experiencing extreme heat. How I envy them sometimes for their hot, warm days while I tramp outside on the snow in temperatures below minus 20c. This post is dedicated to bloggers like Christine at  dadirridreaming who would like to cool off a little. Hope these snowy pictures help a little!

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Snow in suburbia. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

A few days after this picture was taken, snow fell again. Unfortunately that day I had taken my camera out of my bag.

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Snow-tipped bushes. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

I enjoy looking at the scenes after a fresh fall of snow. The trees and bushes look a little different with their tips covered in white.

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Pigeons on the sidewalk. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

The pigeons in Toronto have become hardy and we still see them around from time to time. A little after Christmas, I saw these pecking the sidewalk for a few grains of food.

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Walking in flurries. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

I enjoy walking in the streets when flurries fall gently on our heads. The temperature is not too cold and the world seems a little more silent.

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A winter scene. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

Christmas decorations seem a little more Christmasy when covered in white.

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A Christmas planter. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

I find the winter scenes beautiful – especially as they cover the grey of the sidewalks and the tar of the roads.

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Winter streets. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

This winter has been long and cold. We have had ice, many days of extreme low temperatures and quite a few snowfalls. We look forward to warmer days with eagerness but have been told by the weather forecasters that we have still many weeks of cold left. Sigh! In the meantime I enjoy blog posts of flowers and warmer climes.

If you wish to enjoy more winter pictures, visit previous posts in which I showcased winter scenes:

What scenes are you currently enjoying?

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