[So last week it was Julia's turn to teach, but one of her kids became sick, so Shaunel stepped in seriously last minute, and gave the PeeWees a Frosty-the-Snowman experience they'll not soon forget. Poppy is now crazy about Frosty! Here is the summary, in Shaunel's words.]
Last night as I looked through my Christmas books to decide which one to do, I felt a little guilty to be picking Frosty the Snowman
instead of the quality Grinch, 12 days, or Night Before X-mas books we
could have gone with. But, after planning out the activities I couldn't
believe everything that Frosty had to offer! The concept of something
inanimate coming to life; how to create snowmen; snow melting into
water; etc. Such hidden learning fun.
Arrival: We played make-believe with the plastic animals,
stuffed animals, and little people nativity-->bringing these
inanimate objects to life. When Henry and Poppy arrived we went and cut
our biscuits dough into circles for our snowman snack. The leftover
biscuits became the letter for each kid's name so we could distinguish
who's was who's.
Circle: They LOVE the standup song. How fun to watch how good
they've become at it. We counted 12 snowmen. I think in January we
should move up to 20. These kids have 1-12 totally down (but Jackson at
least has issues with the teens). We sang the alphabet and stopped on S
for snowman--Bodie was able to pick out S when i asked what
sssssssnowman started with. Go Bodie!
Poppy had brought her little dog "Harry" with her. Coincidentally, I
was also going to be using a "Harry" dog puppet to reinforce inanimate
coming to life. The kids loved Harry. He read the book to them, which
was a nice thing, but probably unnecessary since they were so riveted by
the book, Harry didn't need to help.
I kept Bodie and Jackson separate again to try and reduce
distractions, but boy! Those two were totally class clowns and just
encouraged each other on. I think I'm just going to have to get over it
and enjoy their silliness.
Snack: I tried to encourage the kids to decorate their snowmen
with the raisins, pretzels and carrots, but it took a lot of coaxing to
get them to stop eating--Poppy was the only one who attempted it. Henry
was very diligent at finishing all his pretzels and raisins--eating
clear into the next activity. So adorable. Poppy was also very adamant
that she wanted to take her uneaten carrots home. Hilarious.
We was able to acquire some "snow" from the frost that develops
around the edges of our ancient freezer. It was AWESOME! We touched the
"snow" and then watched it "melt away" into water. I was amazed at how
much the kids knew about this process already.
Dance Break: Frosty the Snowman dance party. Culminating in Bodie jammin' on the piano as the others ran around.
child chose their paper, and three different snowballs. I loved how
each child positioned them so differently. They then got to decorate it
with crayons--which I stopped after 10 min, b/c we needed to move on.
They loved just drawing together.
We then went to collect rocks and sticks from outside. Brought them in
and glued them onto our snowmen. Good ol' Jackson picked out one rock
and then went to run around. Bodie and Henry got a few on before they
left for better times. Poppy diligently stuck many on. Love their
Dance Break: Frosty again
Activity: Sidewalk chalk group snowman on driveway. Interesting for 5 min--and then it was time to run around.
Play-dough snowmen in the basement--turned into making pancakes and bunnies of course.
Closing: Reread frosty, and mom's joined us for some King Kong fun.
All in all a great day!