The Snowy Owl, also known as the Arctic Owl or White Owl, nests on Arctic tundra habitats throughout its northern circumpolar breeding range—often adjacent to coastal Arctic seas. This is one of the largest owls in the world, and has the most northerly breeding and wintering distribution of any owl species. Plumage is unmistakable in this species. Adult males are almost pure white, and adult females are white with brown barring. As part of our snowy owl component, we created both these creatures and their nests. The materials used by your little ones include feathers, clay, googly eyes, and sticks! In addition to learning about the snowy owl, students accessed several areas of development, including lateralization, sensory registration and divergent thinking.
The arctic hare lives in the harsh environment of the North American tundra.
These hares do not hibernate, but survive the dangerous cold with a number of behavioral and physiological adaptations.
They sport thick fur and enjoy a low surface area to volume ratio that conserves body heat, most evident in their shortened ears.
These hares sometimes dig shelters in snow and huddle together to share warmth. To help us learn more about these creatures, we created these shelters using Insta-snow.
Following a short book on Arctic hares, students enjoyed burrowing around the snow with their friends!
During our week of royalty, we learned about princes and princesses.
Several students were particularly interested in learning about Queen Elsa from the Disney movie Frozen.
To build upon this interest, we created ice castles out of ice cubes and blue glitter.
Students selected their favorite princess and built their perfect ice home!
In our class, we provide environments that encourage and enhance problem solving.
It is for this reason that we often incorporate block play into our curriculum.
Block play encourages a child to test spatial relationships and mentally rotate objects in the mind’s eye.
Such practice might lead kids to develop superior spatial abilities.
Within our week of the polar bear, we constructed a variety of polar bear habitats using a variety of materials.
For this activity, we constructed habitats out of white blocks. Using their thinking minds, students created a variety of structures with their friends!
Different creatures survive in different types of habitats.
On this day your little one learned that habitats are environments that a particular plant or animal is perfectly suited for.
To learn some more about polar bears, we used this particular Tuesday morning to talk about the snow that surrounds them!
We then used insta-snow to create the perfect environment for our bears!
Children learn through experiences, and the earlier they are exposed to STEM-based hands-on learning experiences, the better.
Engineering activities, by their nature, are an inquiry-based pedagogical strategy that promotes learning across disciplines. Engineering curricula introduces students of all ages to everyday applications of science, mathematics, technology and engineering that match their values and view of the world.
This, and many of our other activities are designed to engage students in hands-on STEM experiences in order to improve their understanding of fundamental concepts in a way that capitalizes upon their design, visualization, creativity and teamwork skills and yearnings.
For this STEM activity, students created white structures out of cups. These structures symbolized glaciers and other snow-topped bodies of land that surround polar bears. Using their hands, they stacked the cups in various formations and then stuck their bears into the middle. It was so much fun seeing what everyone came up with!
A sensory activity is anything that involves the 5 senses (taste, touch, smell, hearing, sight) and also the vestibular or proprioception systems.
Sensory activities for children can be messy, engaging, fun, and easy to put together.
As part of our polar bear theme, your little one engaged in a variety of sensory activities throughout the week.
For this one, students combined different ingredients to make polar bear “snow.” Using shaving cream, glitter, and flour, students both mixed and played with their new “snow”.