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The planning for January is done!

This month I’ve focused on a Snow theme. In Alberta, we’re often overloaded with snow in the month of January. It only seems natural to explore it as much as possible.

If you live in an area that doesn’t have snow, it’s still a fascinating subject to study. There are various ways you can “replicate” snow for your children to explore as well. You can crush ice cubes to make snow. Store in the freezer until you’re ready to explore!

Are you excited yet?! I know I am! Here’s what’s planned for January!

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FOCUS POINTS

THEME FOR THE MONTH: Snow

INVESTIGATE: Snowflakes, Mittens

NUMBERS: 9, 10

LETTERS: K, L, M

COLOURS: White, Black

CELEBRATIONS: New Year’s Day (Jan. 1), Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Jan. 16), Chinese New Year (Jan. 28)

JANUARY CALENDAR

WEEK 1

MONDAY

  • Learning provocation: place a book about snow on the table
  • Practice writing the number nine
  • Watch and do the “K” video on Starfall (need a computer with flash and a mouse for the free version)

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

  • Read: Snowflake Bentley
  • Make snowflakes (use coffee filters because they’re easier to cut)

FRIDAY

WEEK 2

MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

  • Write the letter “L” and add it to our alphabet book
  • Sorting activity (two baskets winter clothes & summer clothes)

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

  • Go for a snow walk (if snow is available) – look for tracks in the snow
  • Play one of these indoor snowball activities (no snow needed)
  • Survey and chart our favourite snow activity; sledding, skating, shoveling, etc.

WEEK 3

MONDAY

TUESDAY

  • Read: The Mitten Tree
  • Go on a field trip to the store to buy mittens
  • Donate mittens to our local homeless shelter

WEDNESDAY

  • Write the letter “M” and add it to our alphabet book
  • Find the match for the mittens (sort different pairs of mittens)
  • Make “stained glass” mittens

THURSDAY

  • Read: The Mitten
  • Collage activity: Decorate a mitten shape

FRIDAY

  • Take a trip to the grocery store to buy items for our snow snack
  • Make pretzel snowflakes
  • Have a winter picnic with hot cocoa and our snacks

WEEK 4

MONDAY

  • Make and play with Insta-Snow
  • Provide toy shovels and animals to play with in the snow

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

  • Go on a field trip to the grocery store to buy ingredients for our snow snack
  • Make (and eat) banana snowmen

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

If you need any additional ideas, check out my post, What to Do With Your Homeschooler in the Winter.

So there you have it! A full month of learning and fun for a preschool or kindergarten child! Feel free to use any or all of these activities in your homeschool plans for January! Also, if you want the downloadable calendar listing all of these activities, simply subscribe to my newsletter and it’s yours!

Reflect:

What plans do you have for January? I would love to hear your thoughts on our planning for this month!

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Jennifer Bly
Jennifer Bly
Author of My Kitchen, My Classroom: An Introduction to Homeschool, creator of Deliberate Homeschooling, The Deliberate Mom and regular contributor to The Huffington Post. Jennifer writes about her homeschooling journey and life with her husband and two girls. Jennifer has a Bachelor of Applied Human Service Administration Degree with a specialization in Early Learning in Child Care.
 
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