January 2016 School Plans

Time to kick off our next month (and year) of learning! Here are the plans for January (and here’s to hoping we finally get some snow!)


  • Themed Unit: Winter, arctic animals
    • Tot School:
      • Letter: W
      • Number: 5
      • Color: Blue
      • Shape: Square
    • Preschool Extensions:
      • Reading: Emergent Reader, Sight words – make and one, Writing letters
      • Math: Writing #5, Counting and Number Recognition, Addition/Subtraction, Making 5
      • Science: Water/ice

Week 1: Reading

Week 2: Number – 5

Week 3: Color – Blue

Week 4: Shape – Square

Science/Gross Motor Extra Ideas (to use this month or during any month of the eternal winter):

Book Ideas:

ABC Winter Books

Books About Snow

Here are a few winter books from my collection. I also have several penguin books (not pictured), including one Fairley loves, called Flip and Flop.


Song Ideas:

Blue Song – Frog Street Press

Songs & Finger Plays (Found on oopseydaisyblog.com in the “W is for Winter” packet)
(Tune: Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star)
Snowflakes, snowflakes falling down,
On the trees and on the ground.
I will build a man of snow,
Tall black hat and eyes of coal.
If the sun comes out today,
I will watch you melt away!

Pretty Snowflakes
(Tune: London Bridges)
Pretty snowflakes falling down,
Falling down, falling down.
Pretty snowflakes falling down
All through the town.
Pretty snowflakes on the street,
On the grass, on my feet.
Pretty snowflakes falling down
All through the town.
Ring Around the Snowman
(Tune: Ring Around the Rosies)
Ring around the snowman,
A pocket full of snow.
Snowflakes, snowflakes,
We all fall down!
Winter Fingerplay
Climb, climb, climb – up the hill of snow. (Let the fingers walk up your arm or bent leg.)
Jump on our sleds – down we go. Whee! (Let fingers slide down your arm or leg.)
Colorful Mittens
(Tune: Six Little Ducks)
Colorful mittens for me and you
Red ones, yellow ones, blue ones
But the one pair of mittens that
rhymes with fellow,
They’re my favorite mittens,
They’re the color yellow.
Repeat with:
I’m A Little Snowman
(Tune: I’m A Little Teapot)
I’m a little snowman
Short and fat.
Here is my broom
And here is my hat.
When the sun comes out,
I’ll melt away.
But I’ll be back another day!
Ten Little Penguins
(Tune: Ten Little Indians)
One little, two little,
Three little penguins,
Four little, five little, six little penguins,
Seven little, eight little,
Nine little penguins,
Ten little penguin chicks.
Building Mr. Snowman
Bottom ball, belly ball, head ball
Building Mr. Snowman
Is always lots of fun!

Hibernation Song
(Tune: Are You Sleeping)
Bear is sleeping, bear is sleeping.
In the cave, in the cave.
I wonder when he’ll come out,
I wonder when he’ll come out?
In the spring. in the spring.
Birds are flying, birds are flying
In the sky, in the sky.
I wonder when they’ll come back,
I wonder when they’ll come back?
In the spring, in the spring.

You Are My Snowman
(Tune: You Are My Sunshine)
You are my snowman,
My only snowman,
You make me happy,
On days of gray.
And when the sun’s out,
You’ll hear us all shout:
Please don’t take our snowman
When It Snows
(Tune: If You’re Happy and You
Know It)
Oh, you shiver and you quiver
When it snows.
Oh, you shiver and you quiver
When it snows.
Your hands feel just like ice,
So you rub them once or twice.
YES, you shiver and you quiver
When it snows.

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