Winter bites with its teeth or lashes with its tail. ~Montenegrin Proverb

 

We’ve Had Enough Winter!

 

When I woke up today, I so badly wanted to put on a sundress and a pair of flipflops.

But the whirl of wind-driven snow, and the below-zero morning temperatures, quickly reminded me that summer clothes would have to wait for another day. Sigh.

We are on our fourth named winter storm of the season, here in the Northeast, in just a short month’s time. And the bitterly cold temperatures are keeping the snow right where it lands, in ever-growing heaps and mounds that block streets, sidewalks and all thoughts of summer weather.

In between plowing, and shoveling, and salting, and scraping and trying to bundle up against the elements, I have done a bit of writing and blogwork to share with you all. Grab a cup o’ joe and pull up a chair…

 

Winter Storms Mean Winter Learning Activities

 

The first installment of a 6-part series, “The Weather Calendar: Science Activities for Preschool, Elementary School and Beyond” was published: “Preschool Weather Observations.” If you have little scientists in your home or classroom, you will find a bunch of winter weather – related learning activities you can use during our stormy winter weather.

 

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Preschool students make winter weather observations and learn important math, science and language concepts at the same time, in “Preschool Weather Observations,” at Simple Science Strategies. {Photo credit: bberlin2010, 2010 via Creative Commons}

 

Did you know that February 15 is World Whale Day? And what better way to celebrate both World Whale Day and our winter storms than a study of the narwhal, a whale who spends all year under the pack ice of the North Pole, and in the icy waters of the Arctic. Learn about the narwhal, and the many legends that surround it, in “The Legendary Narwhal.”

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Winter storms bother us, but not the narwhal, who spends its entire year in the frigid waters of the Arctic Ocean. See “The Legendary Narwhal” for more about this fascinating whale. {Photo credit: (c) Zak Frappen, 2011 via Creative Commons}

 

In the next days, I will add to our collection of winter-themed lessons and teaching ideas for homeschool and classroom. Stay tuned for studies on road surface treatments, kindergarten calendar work, and literature connections for your winter storm studies.

 

 

Stuck Inside but Working on Blog Things…

 

As long as you don’t lose power, a winter storm gives you the opportunity to catch up on some things, since you can’t really go anywhere.

Did you see my new menu at the top of the blog page? “The Week in Review” is now a regular, weekly feature. I added a tab on the menu, so you can find all the posts in one handy place. Like “one-stop shopping!”

I also learned some new things. I added WordPress SEO by Yoast to one of my blogs — GREAT tool for bloggers who want to maximize how well their posts show up in search engines.  And although I have had Jetpack installed for quite some time now, I took some time to explore the various options available for editing.

 

Facebook Had a Birthday!

 

February 4th was Facebook’s birthday.  In honor of the birth of what has become both an institution and a communication system for my huge and widespread network of family and friends, I’ve compiled images from my most popular Facebook posts from the past week, in a gallery…

 

 

Coming Up…

 

There’s a pot of soup stock on the stove, and a request for meatballs for dinner tonight. Tomorrow is a holiday, so what might I begin working on tomorrow?

  • More winter weather posts: weather calendar work for kindergartners; literature for thematic units on winter weather; studies on road treatments for older scientists…
  • An informational post on creating bite-sized goals, with recommendations from experts on goal-setting…
  • A reflective piece on the plight of the homeless in the United States…

In the meantime, stay warm. Stay dry. Stay peaceful. Jesus loves you, and so do I!

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