Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Let it Snow!

Yesterday the first snowflakes of the season fell!  They were big and fluffy and absolutely beautiful.  It didn't last long or stick but it got the kids {and me} excited.  Even though I knew it wasn't going to accumulate, it made me hopeful for a snow day.  Oh how I just love a snow day.  It's the only time that I actually enjoy being awakened by the phone ringing at 5:30 in the morning.  Ahhh, knowing I can turn off the alarm and roll back over and drift off to sleep is just so nice.  Some people do not like snow days {bah, humbug!}.  But I really don't mind having a few make up days added at the end of the year.  We go the same amount of days regardless of whether or not we get a few unexpected days off sprinkled in here and there.  I would go to school until June if I got a month off during the cold winter months.  I hate being cold and just want to stay snuggled up on the couch all winter long.  {But I love snow...go figure!}

Because I am crazy, whenever they call for snow I have a ritual I do to guarantee a snow day.  I tell all of my students to do it too.  You know, because it's more likely to work if there are lots of people doing it.  {That's what I tell myself.}  I wear my pajamas inside out and backwards, flush a cup of ice down the toilet, and put a spoon under my pillow.  And it works!  Promise.  But I'm scared to death that one day my ritual is going to stop delivering results and I might need a new game plan.  Do you have a tried and true way to get a snow day?!  I need to have a few more tricks up my sleeve so please share!

Here's a little snowy patterns freebie I made to use with my kindergartners this week.  I try not to use too much color ink at school for fear that it might run out and we may never get another color cartridge again.  So it's black and white.  But I'll print it on pretty cardstock.  Cut apart the cards and put the pattern name cards in a pile.  Students draw a card and use the snowflakes to create that pattern.  I'm sure there are many other ways to use it too.  Please share if you come up with something different!  Grab it here.



12 comments:

Rebecca said...

Girl! You are sooooo lucky to get snow days! Most districts here in Utah never take snow days, even with 5 feet of snow out your door! They just figure, ya live in the mountains, what did ya expect! Being from the mid-west were we got snow days even if we got a trace of snow, I freak out every now and then when I have to trudge through piles of snow, and unplowed side streets just to get to work. In all my 18 years of teaching, we've never cancelled school, for snow, (or power outages, or water main ruptures with no running water at the school...they hauled in porta-potties!!) I am sooooo jealous of snow days!
Rebecca
Teaching First

Crayons and Curls said...

Super cute! Thanks for sharing! :)
Cheryl
Crayons and Curls

Ms.Trinh said...

Thanks..I wish we had snow is CA. I have to tell the kids to look up at the mountains to see snow. Thanks for sharing.

SAS said...

I love me some snow days...all of them! I never complain! I do love the 5 built in days!

Kid's Reading Activities said...

Caitlin,

Even your snowy days bring us so much sunshine. Thank you for sharing.

I have awarded you the Sunshine Award over at Kid's Reading Activities

Happy blogging,

Lidia Rb

Sarah said...

Caitlin,

Thank you so much for this! I was so excited to see I had a new follower, and now I'm even more excited to have another fabulous teacher to follow!

Sarah
www.akindergardeninbloom.blogspot.com (<----- could someone tell me how to turn that into a link?

Erika said...

Never had a snow day! Even when the school buses were canceled because of the snow and ice. Even when the snow was so thick and heavy the power was out at school for hours. Even when the wind chill was 60 below for a week and cars wouldn't start. School is never canceled here...oh, except at the high school for sporting events!
2B Honey Bunch

Crayons and Curls said...

I love your blog! You bring Sunshine to my day so I have awarded you The Sunshine Award! :)
Cheryl
Crayons and Curls

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for sharing your ideas and work! And I love snow days too! I teach in a rural county in Tennessee, and we have ten snow days built in our calendar (what we don't use, we lose, so I'm always happy to get those early morning calls as well!).

Emily Shell said...

I just love your blog!!!! :) And have nominated YOU for the Sunshine Award since you were my first follower and person to comment on my blog. Thank you for inspiring me and sharing your precious and amazing ideas!

Sara said...

Just found your blog and I'm in heaven! It's so cute! Can't wait to see what else you come up with!!

Sara
Kindergarten Is A Hoot

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