I am so excited to talk to you about an awesome awesome way to incorporate just winter into your homeschool.
Studying Winter DURING Winter highlights things as children are going through it, right?
As they’re going through the details about that season, they will pay more attention to things as you highlight them.
For example, if you live in a place where you get actual Winters, with snow, cold temperatures, the works, then you can study snow, how snow is made, how snow works to change things, etc.
Things like that really gets children interested more on what is around them.
And it’s almost like you are killing two birds with one stone!
You’re enjoying the Winter season, but you’re also creating those teachable moments with your children.
If you are looking to becoming a centered, organized homeschooling parent, nurture happy, independent children and want to create smooth, successful homeschool days, then you are in the right place!
Let me know in comments what you know about this topic, what you have applied, what you have tried that worked, what you have tried that didn’t work and if you have any questions as we get into this training.
In this training, we are going to focus on three activities that you can do to learn more about Animals in Winter.
As you watch or listen to this training, know that you will be able to get more information than what is included in this blog post.
I really want to encourage you to take the time to watch or listen and take notes.
This will be helpful to you now and in the future.
#1 Winter Books
I am just so excited that I have put together some ideas over the years and it’s been working out so well for us and our homeschool.
These ideas have also worked very well with other people that have also applied them.
Go to the library and check out some books about Winter.
You want the focus of your visit to be animals in Winter, like animals that hibernate, migrate and adapt in Winter.
Some books mention all three and other books focus on just one of these terms.
See if you can find books on all three.
If you notice that your children really love some of these books, then you should seriously consider buying them.
If they own them, they will milk them for all their worth, if you will.
Here are some great ideas:
Where Do Worms Go in Winter? (Questions and Answers AboutOver and Under the SnowRavens in WinterAnimals in Winter (Rosen Real Readers: Early Emergent)Animals in Winter (Bullfrog Books: What Happens in Winter?)All About Animals in Winter (Celebrate Winter)Animals in Winter (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science)What do YOU do in the Winter?: Learning About AnimalsBirds in Winter (Bullfrog Books: What Happens in Winter?)
#2 Nature Walks
There are many ways that you can incorporate Winter into your homeschool.
You can do unit studies, you can do research, dioramas and other great hands-on activities.
But the best is to actually go outside and experience Winter.
You can go on nature walks and find out what things have changed around your neighborhood or anywhere you want to go on your nature walk.
Notice the colors, notice what is new, what is different, what is missing, changes in animals, bugs and more.
Notice the different sounds, smells and more.
Talk about how they think animals survive the cold when they have to be outside all the time.
Have a snowball fight (how fun is that?!) to see how touching it can affect body temperature.
And then, go home and study those things using the books that you got at the library.
Study those topics… think about winter words and winter things that you want to do.
There are many different ways to have fun during Winter.
We have a Winter journal, which is absolutely amazing.
You just go to shop.thenaturalhomeschool.com and then search in the season of Winter in the dropdown menu.
You will see all of the relevant things that fall into that season.
We have lots of great resources, including Winter activities for kids!
#3 Winter Printables
Today, I want to focus on the “Animals in Winter” activities specifically.
And the reason why is because this is the #1 activity or resource that people get on our shop and on our blog.
They love it! Everyone does!
Children learn so much from this bundle of activities.
It basically focuses on animals in winter and the things that they do and don’t do during Winter.
For example, migration, hibernation and adaptation.
When you have these kinds of hands-on printable activities, you will give your children the opportunity to really digest, apply and understand everything that they have been absorbing from the Winter books and the nature Winter walks.
Learn about true hibernators, how big and small mammals, reptiles and insects survive the cold weather, their process of adapting to the cold Winter months and if hibernating animals need to find food.
Here is the resource for Animals in Winter #1.
We have #2 as well, but #1 is 65 pages long.
You’re going to get everything that you need it with all of these activities and expound on all the fun with bundle #2.
You get nine activities:
- Animals in Winter: Migration, Hibernation & Adaptation
- Animals that Hibernate Cards
- Animals that Hibernate Coloring Pages
- Animals that Migrate Cards
- Animals the Migrate Coloring Pages
- 17 Printable Pictures of Animals that Adapt in Winter
- Animales en Invierno (Animals in Winter in Spanish)
- Animals the Adapt in Winter Coloring Pages
- Animals in Winter: Hibernation, Adaptation and Migration Printable Craft
FIND GOOD ONLINE RESOURCES
And last, but not least, don’t forget that a good just as a strong human connection is important for support in your homeschooling journey, so is a strong connection with great online resources.
“The most important work you will ever do will be within the walls of your own home.”
-Harold B. Lee
You May Also Benefit from these Important Montessori Topics:
5 Tips to Teaching and Animals in Winter Unit – Printable Hibernation, Migration and Adaptation Notebooking Pages