Winter! (?)

…I have found no exact duplicate. In this inexhaustible storehouse of crystal treasures, what a delight is in store for all future lovers of snowflakes and of the beautiful in nature.

W. A. Bentley – “Snowflake” Bentley

“It’s too early. I never eat December snowflakes. I always wait until January.” – Lucy Van Pelt

“They sure look ripe to me.” – Linus Van Pelt

Okay, so Mother Nature did not necessarily provide an over abundance of snow this winter, but RVNS made the most out of what we did receive.

In the classroom, we read several books about snowmen. We explored snowman with art and language.

One small snowflake fluttering down…that’s all you need for a snowman…except…two more snowflakes, three flakes…four…five…six…seven thousand…eight million more.

All You Need for a Snowman by Alice Schertle, illustrated by Barbara Lavallee

Snowflakes are the main ingredient needed to make a snowperson. We investigated snowflakes using books, loose parts, pencil, pen, paint, and paper. Friends were given the option of using a outline of a snowflake structure or creating one free form. When an expedition friend asked about how to make the outline, we had a wonderful geometry discussion about hexagons and the number of degrees in a circle. Even younger friends experimented with the concept of radial symmetry.

We turned our round table into one big collaborative snowflake which was almost as ephemeral as a real snowflake!

We encouraged the snow fairies by making our own version of a blizzard. Friends enjoyed using the ladder to make it snow inside.

Winter is not a season; it’s a celebration.

Anamika Mishra

We are incredibly grateful to have celebrated this winter together!

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