Oh the weather outside is frightful…

Oh the weather outside is frightful
But the fire is so delightful

And since we’ve no place to go
Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow! 

It doesn’t show signs of stopping
And I’ve bought some corn for popping

The lights are turned way down low
Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow! 

When we finally kiss good night
How I’ll hate going out in the storm

But if you’ll really hold me tight
All the way home I’ll be warm

The fire is slowly dying
And my dear, we’re still good-bye-ing

But as long as you love me so,
Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow! 

A Winter Unit Study…

We are about to embark on a cooooooold journey studying about winter in our home! For the month of January, we are going to be spending an extended amount of time learning about, crafting, reading books about and *hopefully* playing IN the SNOW!!! Even if we aren’t blessed with real snow, I have come across so many fabulous ideas for learning about snow, that I’m positive our SNOW SCHOOL will be a blast! This really is a LOT of information. I hope to be able to share throughout our unit specific areas more in depth. For now, here are the ideas and resources I will be using. (I’ve mentioned this before, but during the course of our unit we may not get to every single item listed here – and that is ok! I like having a long list to choose from, which also allows us to take a little longer on the unit if we so choose.)

A Few Books about Snow & Winter

A few snowy links and resources!

Snowy Crafts & Projects

~ Is this felt snowman not the cutest thing ever?? Chasing Cheerios has inspired me! (she also made a gingerbread set and a turkey set like this one!) I want to make this snowman set for the kids for our Snow School in January!!
~ make paper snowflakes and hang in all the windows ~ we recently tried these 3D snowflakes and they turned out BEAUTIFULLY! Here is a video tutorial from 2 LITLE GIRLS…if they can do it, we can do it! 🙂
~ Speckled Egg has some really cute marshmellow snowmen lollipops! This would be a fun (and yummy) treat to have one day! (this also makes me think we should have a SNOW PARTY!! Wouldn’t that be fun??)
~ Julie K has some very pretty winter night scenes using black paper, cotton and other collage materials.

~ A super, fun, fabulous idea that someone shared on a message board is to create your own ice sculptures! Really, this idea has me so excited!! Check out the Ice-Castle Creations that you can do in your own backyard. In a nutshell, take all the empty plastic containers you can find (lots of them!) and fill them with water, put them on your back porch overnight to freeze. (if your porch isn’t cold enough, try the freezer!) Then, help your kids to take the ice out of the containers, give them some salt (for the ice pieces to stick together) and watch what they can build! There could even be a science lesson in there somewhere, regarding the salt and ice!

~ Make a crystal snowflake from Borax! Here are some directions I found for this science experiment. Here are some more directions with a science explanation to go along with it. Also, Melissa shares pictures with us from when they did this experiment.

The Fine Arts

~ We are going to learn the hymn “Whiter than Snow” for the month of January. Of course, this will also tie into how Jesus washes our sins away and makes us pure ~ white as snow!
~ We will be keeping a “winter” journal (do you sense that I am loving the journal thing? We did a Thankful journal, Advent journal and now a winter one!) In this journal we will do 1)copywork with Bible verses and poems about snow 2)draw winter pictures 3)draw snowflakes 4)any other winter nature items will go in this notebook as well 5)our lapbook components will go in this notebook too
~ We are also memorizing Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening {see video of my girls below!}

Facts & Quotes about Snow

(to be used for copywork)

~ Snowflakes start as ice crystals that are the size of specks of dust.
~ Snowflakes have 6 sides, forming a hexagon shape.
~ As snow falls, snowflakes can connect to each other to form bigger snowflakes.
~ The snowiest state in the United States is New York with an average of 94 inches each year.
~ Wilson Bentley was known as the “Snowflake Man;” he photographed snowflakes under a microscope in the 1920’s.
~ “I found that snowflakes were miracles of beauty; and it seemed a shame that this beauty should not be seen and appreciated by others.” Wilson Bentley
~ Some snowflakes are wet and sticky, while others are light, dry and fluffy.
~ Snowflakes begin inside clouds.

~ A snowflake is made up of one or many hundreds of crystals of ice.

Lyrics to Whiter than Snow

(hymn we will learn to sing and write for copy work, you can  print the words AND the PDF of the music for FREE at this site!)
1. Lord Jesus, I long to be perfectly whole;
I want Thee forever to live in my soul.
Break down every idol, cast out every foe
Now wash me and I shall be whiter than snow.
2. Lord Jesus, look down from Your throne in the skies
And help me to make a complete sacrifice.
I give up myself and whatever I know
Now wash me and I shall be whiter than snow.
3. Lord Jesus, for this I most humbly entreat;
I wait, blessed Lord, at Thy crucified feet.
By faith, for my cleansing I see Your blood flow
Now wash me and I shall be whiter than snow.
4. Lord Jesus, before You I patiently wait;
Come now and within me a new heart create.
To those who have sought You, You never said “No”
Now wash me and I shall be whiter than snow.
Whiter than snow, yes, whiter than snow
Now wash me and I shall be whiter than snow.

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening from Candace Crabtree on Vimeo.

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening from Candace Crabtree on Vimeo.

edited and reposted from 2009

Cute, Easy Snowman Ornament!

These ornaments are so easy and turned out so cute!! I originally was inspired by this picture on pinterest, but I changed it up a bit, based on an ornament we did in years past.

Simple Snowman Ornament @mercyisnew.com

We had some friends over and had a great time making these ornaments together!

Items Needed:

  • glass ball ornaments
  • white tempera or acrylic paint
  • black tempera or acrylic paint
  • orange tempera or acrylic paint
  • q-tips and/or paintbrushes

Steps to Make Ornament:

  • Squirt white tempera or acrylic paint into a glass ball ornament
  • Have children swish around the white paint til it covers all of the inside of the ball
  • Put the lid back on the ornament so no white paint comes out
  • Use q-tips to paint on black coal eyes and mouth.
  • Use q-tip or paint brush to put orange carrot nose on
snowman glass ball ornament

Our happy little snowmen!!

Winter Tree Art

I saw this idea from the wonderful art blog, Art Projects for Kids. What I especially love about this blog is that usually I can use an idea with all of my kids and it turns out BEAUTIFULLY even though they are at 3 different age levels! I think with this particular project, Caleb’s artwork was just as wonderful as the girls, and all of their turned out just as wonderful (or moreso) than mine!!

{Hannah, 8yrs}

winter tree art

{Emily, 7yrs}
winter tree art
{Caleb, 5yrs}

winter tree art

{Candace, 34yrs}

winter tree art