Are you interested in sending your child to preschool, but having a hard time finding one you like or figuring out the finances? We are right there with you! I was lamenting to a friend that it would not look very likely we’d send our son to preschool, feeling that ever-present mom guilt. She quickly reminded me that I have a background in education, understand the skills I’d want him to learn, and know my son better than anyone. Of course! That was the gentle reminder I needed to know that we could give him an amazing educational experience right in our own home.
I created a both a weekly theme and daily schedule to follow throughout the year. Find the weekly preschool theme ideas here. I’m going to share with you some of the activities, books, and videos we use throughout the year, as we complete them. We begun with the theme of “snow”. Here in Virginia Beach, we get snow, but only a couple of times a year. Recently we had our first snow of the year, and the little guy was in heaven! That inspired me to teach him more about it the next week.
I am always trying to achieve balance; I want to work on both fine and gross motor skills, do both educational and fun activities, complete hands-on activities and videos. You’ll find a variety of ideas below.
Learning about Snow:
We started by learning about what snowflakes are, how they’re formed, and the different shapes they take from this really exciting and educational video we found on YouTube:
Where Do Snowflakes Come From? SciShow Kids:
We watched the video a few more times throughout the week, and also a couple from his favorite YouTube channel, TwentyTrucks.
- Snow Plow
We read “Waiting for Snow” by Marsha Diane Arnold. We found it at our public library, but you can find it on Amazon here:
Check out these craft ideas from Mom Explores the Smokies:
- Snowflake Word Building
- Digging for Colors Snow Sensory Bin
- Cut snowflakes from paper – We did the classic fine motor skill activity of folding and cutting paper to make our own snowflakes. Then, we held them up, and dropped them to see as they fall – which hit the ground first and which last?
The book “The Snowy Day” by Ezra Jack Keats was made into a movie which can be found on Amazon Prime, here:
There you have it. This is how we filled our snow themed week – books, videos, and crafts. We had a blast and even I learned a few things about snow! What activities have you done with your preschooler on the topic of snow? Feel free to share in the comments below.