January/Winter Math and practical life "Works"

 March of the Penguins

Winter is actually here for real!! We had a little dry spell but now we have snow to prove it. Here are pictures of what is on our shelves right now. I am just posting our new winter works that are out right now. We are learning about Antarctica, Penguins and Snow. Living in Montana, this is one of my favorite units to teach. There is something to teach in just about every standard and they are all fun!!
Our Penguin sensory box was a huge hit!! I used floam, jewels, foam snowflakes and small pebbles. The kids had a blast recreating thier own Antarctic scene.

"March of the Penguins"
Penguin colonies

For Math this month we are working on shapes, one to one correspondence, AB and AABB patterns and sorting shapes. 

One to One correspondence "counting snowballs"

Matching snowballs to sandpaper numbers

Snowflake AB patterns

Shape pattens

Pattern block math

Snowflake sorting

Winter eraser sorting

AABB button patterns

Snowman counters and snowball counting

Mitten adding with mitten counters

Math links

Pouring into 2 cups, sifting flour, sweeping into a dustpan, lacing, pinching, scooping and cutting are all the practical life activities we are working on.  Most of the kids have mastered pouring, which is exciting at such a young age.  Sifting flour was a great activity to teach self control and control of space.  Only a few of the younger children are still enjoying the pinching and scooping works.  Sweeping crinkle paper into a dustpan was fun to watch the kids be "allowed" to make a mess and to see how easy it was just to clean it up. 
Snowman pouring into two cups

Flour sifting.  They have to find the foam snowflakes and jewels.

"sweeping snow" crinkle paper into a dustpan

Pinching porcupine rings

Scooping "ice cream"


Snowman cutting curves practice

Name lacing beads


  1. Awesome winter activities ... they look so inviting! I added your post and snowman and snowball cards and counters photo to my Montessori-Inspired Winter Activities at http://livingmontessorinow.com/2012/01/09/montessori-monday-montessori-inspired-winter-activities/

    1. Deb,
      Thank you so much for featuring my winter activities on your blog! Your blog is amazing and so inspiring! Have a great weekend!
      Rachel :)

  2. Hi, Kristin. I have nominated you for the Liebster Award. Come check it out here: http://treasuresforteaching.blogspot.com/2012/01/over-moon-liebster-blog-award.html.

  3. Deb, Thank you so much for adding me to your blog!! That is so exciting. I have been a follower of yours for a long time!

  4. Monica,
    Thank you so much for nominating me for an award!! I can't wait to go check it out. I am going to look right now.

  5. Love the floam as the snow for the penguins in your sensory box. My 4 year old is having her 5th birthday party in 2 weeks and it's a penguin theme this year. I was putting together a water and iceberg activity table as well as a white rice sensory table but now I think I 'might have to add floam to the mix! Thank you!

    Pink and Green Mama

    1. MaryLea,
      Thank you so much for you comment. I love your blog!! A penguin party will be so much fun! I have a ton of other penguin activities we did I just didn't have time to post them all. Let me know if you want me to email you more pictures. Have a blessed day!
      Rachel :)