Sunday, March 16, 2014

Mittens, Penguins, and Wintry Things

This picture pretty much sums up the entire month of March in my neck of the woods:

Snow, snow, and more snow!  Every time we thought it was over, another storm blew in.  
The boys and I really didn't mind; we like snow, and we spend our days cozy at home anyway.
One of the wonderful things about homeschooling is that we never have to cancel due to bad weather!

It did delay the start of any spring-themed activities, though.  It just didn't seem right to be jumping into flowers and robins with another 12" of snow falling outside.  We've continued on with cold weather stuff, including Jan Brett's "The Mitten".

How cute is this free activity from What the Teacher Wants?
Colby's page says "A rat climbed into the mitten because he was cold".

We practiced ordinal numbers with these "The Mitten" Sequence Cards by Erin from Creating and Teaching.  They're free!  Download a copy here.

Colby retold the story with the help of these free printable retelling props from 

Handprint art at it's finest!  Colby turned his hand print into an iceberg with five little penguins!  He made the thumbprint penguin appear to be leaping into the water.  We added tiny googly eyes to each penguin.  The finished product is very, very cute.  We found the idea here.

There is a Marsha McGuire I-Spy activity for every occasion!

Check out I-Spy Cold Weather Addition and Subtraction, and while you're at it take a minute to explore the rest of her TpT shop - we love her products! 

This super cute addition to ten activity is from Caitlin Clabby's Penguins: Math, Literacy, and SO Much More.  I've mentioned this product in previous posts (here); there are over 30 penguin themed activities!  We've loved everything we've used so far, and we will have plenty more to do next year.  It was a great buy.

Colby loved this beginning sound sort by Lorie Duggins.  It's just one activity from her FREE 53-page Snowman Literacy Centers pack.

Here's a closer look at part of the activity.

Colby loves to rhyme!  It occasionally trips him up, though, so we're making sure to get a little more practice.

This fantastic Winter Rhyming Cards are a freebie from KinderKids Fun!  Visit the blog and download a copy, and some other great freebies, right here.

I got these adorable nesting penguins on, and we love them!

Colby just doesn't get sick of playing with them.  You can find them right here .

For oodles more freebies and ideas, check out these Pinterest boards:

Blogs and Shops mentioned in this post:

Marsha McGuire (TpT Shop)
Lorie Duggins (TpT Shop)

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