Wednesday, November 30, 2011

First Snow

I heard groans from adults and squeals of delight from children with the arrival of the first snow.

When it was time for "morning meeting",only about half the children had arrived.  I posed the question, "Where do you think everyone is?"  The children used their own experiences coming to school to speculate on why so many people were late.  Hands flew in the air to tell stories of seeing cars skidding on the road and slippery sidewalks.  

They discussed car doors that were frozen shut and windshields that needed to be scraped.  One child mentioned the bridge construction on Stadium as a possible reason for delays.

Soon, all the children arrived.  The children really thought we should play in the snow immediately but I assured them it would still be there when it was time to go outside.

When we were in the snow, the children made tracks, snowballs and snowmen... 
and went fast down a slippery slide.

In order to maintain the thrilled faces, the adults have to work.  Every day the children need dry boots, snow pants, coats, and mittens.  An extra pair of mittens is helpful.  It is also important that there are extra clothes in cubbies for when clothes get wet.  

Even though it is a lot of work, it is worth it. 

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