4. February 2011 21:12
television that teaches
Here are some recommended programs to VIEW with your child
- The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That: Snowman's Land -Sally and Nick have just finished making a statue of the Cat in the Hat out of snow, but it's starting to melt! Goo dthing the Cat knows where to take the melting snowcat: to the cold and snowy north!
- Sid the Science Kid: My Ice Pops - Sid wakes up and discovers that his ice pops melted! This sticky situation leads him to ask -- Why do things have to melt? After investigating at school, Sid learns that if liquids don't stay in a really cold place, they slowly melt over time. He also discovers that liquids can freeze into so lid ice and then melt right back into liquid.
- Curious George: Ski Monkey - When a blizzard covers the country house with a foot of snow, George can't wait to go outside and play.
- Cyberchase: Snow Day to be Exact - Hacker has frozen over Solaria by stealing the sunisphere that keeps the Cybersite in top condition. Will the kids stop Hacker in time to save Selaria?
- Super Why!: 'Twas the Night Before Christmas - The Super Readers are on a special mission to find out why Santa Claus visits children on Christmas. To find the answer to their question, the Super Readers fly into the classic story "'Twas the Night Before Christmas". While in the story, the Super Readers meet Santa and discover that he visits all the children because it makes both him and them happy.
an age-appropriate storybook on a similar topic
Select a story to READ with your child. Here are a few suggestions.
- The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats - Peter wakes up to find the world covered in snow-crisp, clean, and white. Excitedly, Peter ventures out to play. His feet make a variety of tracks, and when he hits a snow-laden tree with a stick, the snow falls off-plop! onto his head. Keats's sparse collage illustrations capture the wonder and beauty a snowy day can bring to a small child.
- Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Beuhner - Have you ever built a snowman and discovered the next day that his grin has gotten a little crooked, or his tree-branch arms have moved? And you've wondered . . . what do snowmen do at night?
- There Was A Cold Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow by Lucille Colandro - There was a cold lady who swallowed some snow. I don't know why she swallowed some snow. Perhaps you know. This time, the old lady is swallowing everything from snow to a pipe, some coal, a hat, and more! With rollicking, rhyming text and funny illustrations, this lively version will appeal to young readers with every turn of the page. And this time, there's a surprise at the end no reader will be able to guess!
- Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin - From the time he was a small boy, Wilson Bentley thought of the icy crystals as small miracles. And he determined that one day his camera would capture for others the wonder of the tiny crystals.
- Snow by Cynthia Rylant - Cynthia Rylant's lyrical descriptions of the sights and feelings evoked by falling snow blend gorgeously with the rich and beautiful world created by Lauren Stringer's illustrations, in which a young girl, her friend, and her grandmother enjoy the many things a snowy day has to offer.
a hands-on activity to reinforce learning
Select an activity to DO with your child. Here is a suggestion.
- Snowball Experiment - Have your child make snowballs (some small, some medium, some large) and place them in zip top bags. Have your child predict what will happen. You may want to place some near a heat source for more challenging predictions. Have your child predict how long it will take for the different sized snowballs to melt. Record the predictions on a graph in one color marker, and the actual results on the graph in another color marker.
- Peter's Movement, Gross Motor and Listening Skills – After reading The Snowy Day, have your child stand while you read the story and him act out different parts of the story (dragging his feet, dragging a stick on his path, climbing a mountains, etc.). Then go outside and do it again and again. Take pictures of your 'snow angel'.
- If I were a Snowman . . . – If you were a snowman, what would you do at night? Turn out the lights and get some flashlights. Help your child act out what they would do if they were a snowman at night. Would he jump on the bed, play hide-and-seek, or eat an ice cream cone?