Tot Preschool Week 17: Changing of Seasons ( Winter Unit )

We couldn’t have planned a better week to start this unit! While it still isn’t winter just yet, we are definitely experiencing some winter weather. Last Friday, we spent half of our day watching it snow outside and this week we are feeling those colder temperatures for sure! We have learned all about what the winter season brings us, what changes we see in the weather, in the clothes that we wear, the holidays we celebrate, and so much more. Here is what our week has looked like:

Letter of the Day: ALL
Shape of the Day: Diamond
Storytime: ” Snowy Day ”

Letterland:

1. Alphabet Sounds Song

2. Write The Letter ( For our letter work this morning, the kids and I randomly selected letter cards for us to write. Jack and Lyanna always love a chance to write on our dry erase board and that excitement transfers over to being excited about improving their handwriting! )

3. Daily ASL ( We will be taking a full week off the week of Christmas, so for these next 2 weeks we won’t be learning any new signs. Rather, we will be using this time to review the huge stack of sign cards that we have already learned these past few months. )

Concept Activity:

Introduction to Winter Weather / Discussion with Anchor Chart ( Winter week has begun! We opened this new unit with a discussion about the season we are currently in, fall, and what we know about this season. We then talked about the upcoming season we will soon be experiencing, winter! The kids and I talked about what we know about winter and what things we weren’t quite sure about.

As we discussed winter, we created this chart together. Later, I turned this dry erase chart into a permanent anchor chart for our classroom. We will be adding this new anchor chart to our wall display, along with our fall anchor chart. After our winter season discussion, Jack, Lyanna, and I noted the similarities and differences between fall and winter. )

Centers:

1. Reading

2. Seasons Matching Game ( This is a game that we used several weeks ago in our ” Changing of Seasons: Fall Unit “. The kids match each of the pictures to what season the think it belongs with. We found this seasons matching game here from Tot Schooling. )

3. Counting Snowballs Game ( This is a super simple project you can easily create yourself! Nothing to print off or laminate. All you need is a pack of white pom poms, blue construction paper, a sharpie, and a pair of scissors. I cut 10 different cards out from the blue construction paper and wrote numbers 1 to 10 on them. We shuffled the cards and we were ready to go! )

4. Free Exploration

Letter and Number Work:

Journals ( Here are the entries we made today in our journals! )

Free Play / Craft Time:

Melted Snowman ( To end our first day of our winter unit, Jack and Lyanna created these super simple melted snowmen! Using a white crayon on blue construction paper, the kids “drew” their melted snowman. Next, we added our snowman’s eyes, carrot nose, and charcoal buttons. )

Letter of the Day: ALL
Shape of the Day: Diamond
Storytime: ” The Mitten  ”

Letterland:

1. Alphabet Sounds Song

2. Write The Letter

3. Daily ASL ( We will be taking a full week off the week of Christmas, so for these next 2 weeks we won’t be learning any new signs. Rather, we will be using this time to review the huge stack of sign cards that we have already learned these past few months. )

Concept Activity:

Seasons Video ( For our Concept Activity, we watched this short video all about the seasons. This video shows each of the seasons with beautiful visuals and shows several things associated with each season. It shows what the weather looks like, what activities we enjoy during each season, and so on. )

Centers:

1. Reading

2. Art Center: Winter Collaboration Piece ( This was a fun collaboration activity the kids worked on today during centers. It was incredibly easy to put together and they really enjoyed working together to create this masterpiece.

We lined our table with a long piece of paper and gathered winter themed art supplies. We used various shades of blue crayons, snowflake confetti, jewels in blues and silver, and glitter glue pens.

This project turned out to be a very beautiful representation of the winter season and we are currently enjoying it in our classroom! )

3. Write The Room

4. Free Exploration

Letter and Number Work:

Journals ( Here are our journal entries for the day. )

Free Play / Craft Time:

Free Choice Art Center ( Using some of our leftover supplies from the collaboration piece we did earlier, the kids created yet another winter themed piece of artwork. )

Letter of the Day: ALL
Shape of the Day: Diamond
Storytime: ” There Was An Old Lady That Swallowed A Bell ”

Letterland:

1. Alphabet Sounds Song

2. Write The Letter

3. Daily ASL ( We will be taking a full week off the week of Christmas, so for these next 2 weeks we won’t be learning any new signs. Rather, we will be using this time to review the huge stack of sign cards that we have already learned these past few months. )

Concept Activity:

Winter Sentences ( For our Concept Activity today, the kids and I worked on these winter sentences together. Our sentence prompt was ” I see the … “. Using the item cards, featured above the this sentence prompt, the kids created their own sentences to “read”. We do activities like this to help lay the foundation for their future reading skills and to show them how words come together to form full sentences. We found these winter themed sentence strips on our favorite blog for free printables, The Measured Mom. You can grab these for yourself here. They are available in color, but I chose to print in black and white to save on colored ink.

Lyanna and Jack LOVE our pocket chart sentences activities, but they enjoy them even more when they are in charge of creating them for themselves! )

Centers:

1. Reading

2. Counting Snowballs Game

3. Scissor Practice

4. Art Center: Gingerbread Coloring Sheets

5. Free Exploration

Letter and Number Work:

Journals ( Here are the journal entries we made for today. )

Free Play / Craft Time:

Free Exploration ( We used our end of the day time for free play today. We have so many fun games and activities in our classroom, I like to let the kids explore these items and have a say in how they spend their time. With all of the structured, planned out time we have throughout our days, I think it’s incredibly important for them to have time to just be 3 year olds and find what items they enjoy. )

Letter of the Day: ALL
Shape of the Day: Diamond
Storytime: ” Snowmen At Night  ”

Letterland:

1. Alphabet Sounds Song

2. Write The Letter

3. Daily ASL ( We will be taking a full week off the week of Christmas, so for these next 2 weeks we won’t be learning any new signs. Rather, we will be using this time to review the huge stack of sign cards that we have already learned these past few months. )

Concept Activity:

Winter Sentences ( We worked on our winter sentences again today, but with a different sentence prompt. Our sentence prompt for today was ” I see a ….. in the winter. ” )

Centers:

1. Reading

2. Writing Center: Seasons Book / Winter Pages ( In Writing today, the kids and I pulled out their seasons books and starting working on our winter pages. We started these books during our fall unit and will continue to work on them throughout our seasons units until the end of our preschool year in June.

We found these blank books from Target and the kids will be using these empty books more during the second half of our school year together. )

3. Counting Snowballs Game

4. Write The Room

5. Free Exploration

Letter and Number Work:

Journals ( Here are the journals entries we made for today. )

Free Play / Craft Time:

Free Exploration

Letter of the Day: ALL
Shape of the Day: Diamond
Storytime: ” The First Day of Winter  ”

Letterland:

1. Alphabet Sounds Song

2. Write The Letter

3. Daily ASL ( We will be taking a full week off the week of Christmas, so for these next 2 weeks we won’t be learning any new signs. Rather, we will be using this time to review the huge stack of sign cards that we have already learned these past few months. )

Concept Activity:

Snowflakes, Snowflakes Winter Poem ( For our Concept Activity today, we read and talked about this lovely winter themed poem. We haven’t talked too much about poems or rhyming words so far, so today was more of a slow introduction into those elements. We’ll see more poetry during our second half of our school year and we will then talk more about this concept in more depth. For now, we simply enjoyed this snowflake poem and took turns pointing to the words. )

Centers:

1. Reading

2. Counting Snowballs Game

3. Writing Center: Seasons Book / Winter Pages ( In our Writing Center today, we finished up our winter pages for our seasons book. )

4. Free Exploration

Letter and Number Work:

Journals ( Here are the journal entries we made for today. )

Look at those names! These two have worked incredibly hard to learn how to write and spell their names, so I thought we’d show off these skills today for our journals!

Free Play / Craft Time:

Free Exploration

Our winter week has concluded and so has our first part of our school year. Next week we will be taking a break from the curriculum and simply enjoying our time together. We’ll be viewing a few holiday movies, singing and dancing to some Christmas music, baking cookies, creating some holiday cards, and more! We’ll be taking the week of Christmas to be with our families and then we will return for our second half of our school year. When we return, we will be enjoying a fun ” Dinosaur Week ” and getting right back to work. The kids will be learning how to count to 100 by 1’s and we will also begin learning how to sound out words with our letter sound knowledge.

Brittany XOXO

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