12 Feb “Snow” Many Learning Opportunities!
The weather may be snowy and cold, but that does not mean that learning has to stop! There are many opportunities for children to develop their early literacy skills, whatever the weather. The La Porte County Public Library follows a curriculum called Every Child Ready To Read 2.0 which advocates five main principles for early reading development in young children. These five principles are reading, writing, singing, talking, and playing. With these five concepts in mind, experiencing the winter weather will not only be fun – but also educational!
Here are some ideas to keep your little one learning and growing this winter!
1. Read books about snow and winter with your child. Include books that have repetitive text that your child can become familiar with and help read.
2. Ask your child to make up a story about a winter object like a snowflake or an icicle. Let them use their imagination and be creative.
3. Help your child create their own weather forecast. Draw a picture describing what it is like outside. This helps children think symbolically and understand that one thing can stand for another.
1. PLAY in the snow! Rolling snowballs, making snowmen, and playing with the snow will help your child develop fine motor skills, preparing them for writing.
2. Have your child draw a picture of the winter scene they see outside their bedroom window.
3. Have extra marshmallows on hand from hot cocoa? Make a toothpick and marshmallow sculpture or a craft with marshmallows. Doing so will help your child strengthen their fine motor skills.
1. Sing songs about the snow. You can even make some up. Singing helps children hear syllables or parts of a word, and they hear vocabulary they might not otherwise in normal, everyday conversations.
2. Listen to music about snow and help your child clap along to the rhythm of the music. Clapping to the beat allows children to work on their motor skills and encourages them to hear syllables in words.
3. Sing a lullaby to your child as you tuck them into their nice, warm beds after a long and fun day of playing together in the snow. This helps develop your relationship with your child and allows for another opportunity for them to experience music. Please keep in mind, it does not matter if you think you cannot sing! Children do not care, they just want you to interact with them!
1. Talk about the weather with your child. Use descriptive words and help your child understand what they mean. Instead of saying, “The snow is white.” Try saying, “The glistening white snow covered the Earth like a warm blanket.” Use your words!
2. Ask your child about their favorite things about winter. Use open-ended questions, meaning questions that cannot be answered with a simple “yes” or “no.”
3. Talk about the differences in seasons with your child. Ask them to share with you what they already know and add to their knowledge.
1. Pretend that you are a snowplow driver or a snowflake. Playing develops narrative skills and helps your child’s imagination grow!
2. Build things in the snow. Be unique – perhaps making a snow animal or another special creation.
3. Make a game out of getting dressed in winter gear. Make it a race or some other type of fun experience.
For more fun and games for kids, head over to laportelibrary.org and see what you can find!