From the classroom...

Winter Wonder…

This time of year can be rough.  Houses in our neighbourhood are taking down their cheerful lights one by one, and soon we will be the only family left with “Christmas” lights to brighten the dark evenings; it’s getting a little bit grey and we are getting a little bit rough around the edges.  Sometimes finding the joy in daily life can be hard.

To combat the greyness, and in response to what seems to be happening everywhere else in the country, my children are wishing and praying for snow.  They are hoping that the white flakes will  brighten the grey days that stretch out ahead from now to valentine’s day, and create a fun diversion to avoid school, work and the world in general with a snow day or two…

Unfortunately for them, (unlike Mimi!), we live in a beautiful green part of the world that very seldom sees much snowInstead we find ourselves wishing for the winter that so many others are wishing away… isn’t it ironic?  We had a light dusting just to tease us, way back in November, but the closest we get these days is frost on the car windows when we leave for school in the mornings…


In grand celebration of wishful winter, the west coast kids in our school have filled the walls and halls with their tribute to snow and winter wonder.  For now, this is the best we can do.

The littlest in our four year old preschool have filled their classroom with snow people…



…and the fantastic preschool teachers have (yet again!) built a virtual igloo for their discovery and play…


…with real lights and stuffed penguins inside – it is the best!


Our first grade class is also dreaming of snow…


“Announced by all the trumpets of the sky, arrives the snow.”

(Ralph Waldo Emerson, “The Snowstorm”)

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…and writing about it too…

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The second grade class built their snowy dreams in snow globes…


“It was snowing lightly, the first snowfall of the season.  The flakes looked like powdered diamonds.”

(Carolyn S. Steele)

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…and the third grade class looked through wishful winter windows…

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…but the most snow of all is sprinkled around our fifth grade room where they have been writing about snow…

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…and drawing it too…

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…these snowpeople are as colourful and unique as the amazing children who made them with such great care.

Even our house has a snowperson or two… one painted by a much loved niece a few years ago, and three snow people sculpted by Miss G. at clay class when she was only 6…


So we sit and wait and watch the sky for signs of snow… no flakes yet…

“The silent snow possessed the earth…”

(Alfred Lord Tennyson)


2 thoughts on “Winter Wonder…

  1. It’s snowing back home in the UK, which I’m totally gutted I’m missing!! No sign of snow at all here in Flo!! All a bit too warm for my liking at this time of year!! Love the children’s work! Reminds me of when I was at primary school!!


  2. Thanks for reading! I think one of the best things about primary school is the art… We stop doing it too soon. What we really want to do right now is make snow men, though! Looking forward to hearing your stories of Florence… With or without snow!


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