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November Food Holidays

It is the first of the month which means here is the monthly list of food holidays. With Holidays approaching, I know cooking will focus on Thanksgiving and the holidays that follow but remember its okay to still enjoy the little things.

National Fun with Fondue Month
National Georgia Pecan Month
National Peanut Butter Lover’s Month
National Pepper Month
National Stuffing Month
National Raisin Bread Month
November 1-7: National Fig Week

November 1: National Bison Day

National Pâté Day*

November 2: National Deviled Egg Day

November 3: National Sandwich Day

November 4: National Candy Day

November 5: National Doughnut Day

National Chinese Take-out Day

November 6: National Nachos Day

November 7: National Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day

November 8: National Cappuccino Day

November 9: National Greek Yogurt Day

November 10: National Vanilla Cupcake Day

November 11: National Sundae Day

November 12: National Pizza with the Works Except Anchovies Day

November 13: National Indian Pudding Day
Feast of St. Diego Alacala

November 14: National Homemade ‘Guac’ Day

National Pickle ‘Appreciation’ Day

November 15 : National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day

National Raisin Bran Cereal Day

November 16: National Fast Food Day

November 17: National Baklava Day

Homemade Bread Day

November 18: National Apple Cider Day

National Vichyssoise Day

November 19: National Macchiato Day

November 20 : National Peanut Butter Fudge Day

November 21: National Cranberry Day

National Gingerbread Cookie Day

November 22: National Cranberry Relish Day

National Cashew Day

November 23: National Espresso Day

November 24: National Sardines Day

November 25: National Parfait Day
National “Eat with a Friend” Day

November 26: National Cake Day

November 27: National Bavarian Cream Pie Day

November 28: National French Toast Day

November 29: National Chocolates Day
National Lemon Creme Pie Day
National Rice Cake Day

November 30: National Mousse Day

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New York City Field Trip Ideas

On our Monday night live on Homeschooling in NYC, we covered field trips both city based and state based. There were hundreds of ideas, so I will be breaking them up into different groups because covering it all will take absolutely forever. I just want to remind you all that even if it is not a museum or exhibit, doesn’t mean it can not count as a field trip. Everywhere has history and other aspects to learning you can incorporate. For example, going to the grocery store can involve nutrition and balancing finances/budget. A trip to the park can be P.E. Taking a walk through a neighborhood you can talk about the culture, the history, dynamics, gardens (lower east side has a lot) and much more. Also there are so many opportunities not just in New York City, or within the state. If you can travel, it is a great experience but there are virtual tours as well you can look into as well.

*Just a note I will continue adding to this list as time goes, I wanted to get you all started with ideas.*

Manhattan

Ellis Island

Governor’s Isalnd

The Met

Moma

AMNH

Central Park

Intrepid

Morgan Library and Musuem

Museum at Eldrige Street

Natural Museum of the American Museum

9/11 Tribute and Musuem

Cloisters

Empire State Building

Flat Iron

Rockefeller Center

Times Square

Broadway

New York Historical Society

United Nations

Cooper Hewitt

FIT

Tenement Museum

Paley Center

American Folk Art Museum

Museum of Jewish Heritage

Merchant House Museum

Museum of Moving Image

Central Park Zoo

Ripley’s Believe it or Not!

National Museum of Mathematics

Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling

Children’s Museum of Manhattan

Whitney Museum of American Art

China Institute & Gallery

Alice Tully Hall

The Frick Collection

The National Jazz Museum in Harlem

New Museum

Yeshiva University Museum

Top of the Rock

Brooklyn

Prospect Zoo

Brooklyn Botanical Gardens

New York Aquarium

Waterfront Museum

Brooklyn Children’s Museum

Jewish Children’s Museum

Queens

Queens Wildlife Center

Hall of Science

Queen’s Country Farm Museum

The Noguchi Museum

Sculpture Center

Bronx

Bronx Zoo

Staten Island

Staten Island Zoo

Staten Island Children’s Museum

Alice Austen House

Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art

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Disney + Educational Picks

Since Disney + came out, we’ve been loving it. But how do we make it educational? Well so much of the content is already educational but you can support the other shows and movies with added resources. I’ll be adding more so stay tuned. So let’s go over what the best things to watch are

Geography and History

Rogue Trip

Wild Congo

Drain Alcatraz

Wild Sri Lanka

Wild Chile

Birth of Europe

The Lost City or Machu Picchu

Lost Cities with Albert Lin

Lost Treasures of the Maya

Lost Treasures of Egypt

Lost Tomb of Alexander the Great

Chasing the Equinox

Stonehenge Decoded: Secrets Revealed

Easter Island Unsolved

Into the Grand Canyon

Wild Yellowstone

Atlantis Rising

Life Below Zero

Free Solo

Titanic 20 years Later with James Cameron

Drain the Titanic

Gorden Ramsey Uncharted

Jane Goodall: The Hope

Wild Russia

Continent 7: Antartica

Expedition Amelia

Wild Hawaii

Japan: Between Earth & Sky

Secrets of Wild India

Tut’s Treasures: Hidden Secrets

Drain the Sunken Pirate City

Origins: The Journey of Humankind

Breaking 2

Egypt’s Treasure Guardians

Miracle Landing on the Hudson

Diana: In her Own Words

The Greeks

Viking Warrior Women

Science

Hostile Planet

Born Wild: The Next Genration

Weird but True

Disneynature: Elephant

Disneynature: Dolphin Reef

Disneynature: Penguins

Disneynature: In the Footsteps of Elephant

Disneynature: Diving with Dolphins

Disneynature: Penguins Life on the Edge

Disneynature: The Crimson wing: Mystery of the Flamingos

Disneynature: Born in China

Disneynature: African Catss

Disneynature: Bears

True Life Adventures: The African Lion

True Life Adventures: Jungle Cat

True Life Adventures: Living Desert

True Life Adventures: Secrets of Life

The Story of Perri

Disneynature: Chimpanzee

Disneynature: Wings of Life

Sacred Planet

Drain the Great Lakes

Drain the Bermuda Triangle

Year Million

One Strange Rock

Running Wild with Bear Grylls

Kingdom of the White Wolf

Giants of the Deep Blue

Unlikely Animal Friends

Awesome Animals

Mission to the Sun

Mars Inside SpaceX

Expiation Mars: Spirit & Opportunity

Apollo: Missions to the Moon

Secrets of the King Cobra

Sharks of Lost Islands

Bizarre Dinosaurs

Wild Hawaii

Secrets of Wild India

United States of Animals

Big Sur: Wild California

Alaska’s Grizzly Gauntlet

Primal Survivor

Kingdom of the Apes: Battle Lines

America’s National Parks

Paradise Island

Tree Climbing Lions

Wild Russia

Into the Oravango

Out There with Jack Randall

Man among Cheetahs

Winges Seduction: Birds of Paradise

Earth Live

Se of Hope: America’s Underwater Treasures

Kingdom of the Blue Whale

Journey to Shark Eden

Drain the Oceans

The Flood

Science Fair

Paris to Pittsburgh

Before the Flood

Jane: A Film by Brett Morgen

Disneynature: Monkey Kingdom

Wild Yellowstone

Wild Chile

Wild Sri Lanka

Cosmos

Secrets of the Zoo

Great Migrations

Prairie Dog Manor

Deep Blue

Power of the Everglades

Musicals

Summer Singalong

Hamilton

Newsies

Mary Poppins

Zombies

Camp Rock

Encore

Fantasia

Fantasia 2000

Descendants

Descendants 2

Descendants 3

The Sound of Music

Teen Beach Movie

Teen Beach Movie 2

Hannah Montana Best of Both Worlds Concert

High School Musical

High School Musical 2

High School Musical 3

Disney Documentaries

The Pre – Opening Report from Disneyland

The Imagineering Story

The Story of the Animation Drawing

Frank and Ollie

Disneyland: Around the Seasons

The Boys: The Sherman Brothers; Story

Waking Sleeping Beauty

Into the Unknown: Making Disney Frozen II

One Day at Disney Short

One Day at Disney

Assembling a Universe

Prop Culture

Disney Insider

Biblical

Buried Secrets of the Bible with Albert Lin

Secrets of Christ’s Tomb: Explorer Special

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List of all the Homeschool curriculums

Thank you for stopping by. Below I’ve divided the curriculums by categories. Not one curriculum is better than another. I’m happy to help you figure out which curriculum fits your style and child best. You can mix and match or create your own. I won’t be copying curriculum info. If it says all inclusive, know that it has all the other components.

All-inclusive

Winter Promise

Located at https://winterpromise.com Winter Promise is a Charlotte Mason inspired curriculum that goes from preschool level to 12th grade. They mainly do worksheets but also have a digital course. Check out the website to learn more.

Abeka

Abeka is a popular christian curriculum. You can get kits for ages Kindergarten through 12th Grade. They also offer a digital curriculum. You can check out more at https://www.abeka.com/Homeschool

Life pac

Created by Alpha Omega Publications, Lifepac is a Kindergarten through 12th Curriculum. It is another popular Christian curriculum that is workbook based. Each workbook takes approximately 3-4 weeks per their website.

ACE Comprehensive Curriculum

ACE as well as PACE, another full curriculum from 1st Grade to 12th is a christian based curriculum. It also uses workbooks to teach children through the word of God. It is paired with their Reading master software. Check out more here.

Sonlight

Sunlight is yet another popular christian Curriculum. With an all inclusive kit, its workbook based with a teaching guide. You can check out more here.

My Fathers World.

A christian Curriculum is a Charlotte Mason inspired curriculum broken down into workbooks. They go from Pre-k to 12th grade. Chee out more here.

Christian Liberty Press

A Christian curriculum that goes from pre-school to 12th grade. There are two paths you can use. The Academy and the Independent.

Bob Jones University

BJU is another popular Christian curriculum. From Kindergarten to 12th Grade, BJU has both textbooks and video lessons. You can find out more here.

Time4Learning

Time4Learning is another popular curriculum from Pre-K to 12th Grade. It is video based and logs everything for you. It is Language arts based so you may find it lacking in Science and History, Find out more here.

Oak Meadow

Oak Meadow is a virtual school that provides hard copy workbook as well as digital. They have one on one support with teachers as well. Find out more here.

Heart of Dakota

Another Christian based curriculum provides workbooks for Pres-school through 12th. Find out more here.

Easy Peasy All – in – One

Easy Peasy is a free all in one curriculum. They serve Preschool through 12th and have a Bible unit, should you decide to use it. Find out more here.

School House Teachers

Is a low cost, self paced curriculum that offers more than 450 classes online. Most of which are video with a project or printable. Check out more here.

Discovery K12

Another all inclusive, free, curriculum from Pre-K to 12th Grade. It sets the schedule for you if you want to follow for 180 days to cover all homeschooling laws (double check on your state that you are complying). Check out more here.

Master Books

Master Books is another Christian curriculum thats Preschool through 12th using workbooks. Check out more here.

Bridgeway Acedemy

Bridegway is a curriculum from Preschool to 12th Grade that is personalized to fit your child’s needs. Chee out more here.

Acellus Acedemy

Works with kids from Kindergarten to 12th Grade using an online curriculum. You can find more info here.

Laurel Springs School

From K- 12th grade, Laurel Springs is an online curriculum. Find out more here.

Power Homeschool

Power Homeschool has over 250 Courses for K-12th Grade using online curriculum. Check out more here.

The Good and the Beautiful

A Christian Curriculum that ranges from Pre – K to 12th using workbooks. Check out more here.

Bookshark

Bookshark goes from Pre-K through Highschool. It is based on a 4 day work schedule. It is literature based, check out more here.

Gather ‘Round Homeschool

Gather ‘Round Homeschool is a curriculum designed to be all your subjects but math for every grade from Preschool to Grade 12. It doesn’t give you extension activities, it comes with 6 individual student notebooks that vary in level and give targeted grammar, spelling, writing, art, reading & comprehension, geography, science, social studies, history, Bible, and MORE lessons. All on one central theme that you introduce in a beautiful, full-color teacher’s guide. You can order Text or digital. Check out more here.

Homeschool Complete

Homeschool Complete is a K through 4th complete curriculum that also has unit studies. Find out more here.

Living Books Curriculum

Living Books is K through 8th grade all inclusive curriculum. It is a Christian Curriculum that makes stories come alive. Check out more here.

Memoria Press

A classical Christian curriculum, Memoria Press goes from Preschool to 12th grade. Check out more here.

Moving Beyond the Page

Moving Beyond the Page is a comprehensive homeschool curriculum that covers science, social studies, and language arts. They serve ages 4 through highschool. You can find out more here.

Torchlight Curriculuu

Torchlight is a secular curriculum that serves Pre – K through 4th grade. You can check out more here.

Study.com

Study.com serves high school, undergraduate and graduate school students. Find out more at Study.com.

Workbooks

Tinker Active Workbooks

Tinker active has individual workbooks for Science, Math and Language Arts for kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade. It is very hands on and provides stem projects along side written work.

Minecraft Workbooks

There are a bunch of Minecraft workbooks that cover Spelling, reading, and math. There is also an all inclusive that is for 3rd grade and up that covers it all.

DK workbooks

DK has a series of workbooks covering geography, science, Language arts, spelling, problem solving, math, handwriting and more. They have boos from Pre-K to 5th Grade.

Brain Quest

Brain Quest is a workbook that breaks down ELA and Math in one. They have from Preschool through 6th grade.

Spectrum

From Kindergarten to 8th grad, Spectrum has Reading, writing, spelling, math, language arts and test prep.

180 Days

180 days has various subjects from Kindergarten to 6th grade.

Social Studies

  • Homeschool in the Woods
  • Home School in the Woods has a wide range in history lesson bundles for Christian founded history.
  • Mystery of History
  • Mystery of History is a faith based online curriculum teaching history.

Donna Ward Canadian Schools

Donna Ward Canadian Socials is a Canadian based history course that ranges from Kindergarten to 6th Grades.

Story of the World

Story of the World uses the stories of women and men, countries and empires, rebels and rulers, peasants and presidents, to walk young readers through a continuous, chronological account of human events. The reading level of each volume increases slightly in difficulty, growing along with the developing ability of the children following the narrative thread. Volume 1 is a read-aloud for grades 1-2, an independent read for stronger readers in grades 2-5; Volume 2 is pitched towards grades 2-6; Volume 3, towards grades 3-6; and Volume 4, tackling the difficult topics of modern wars, has a reading level of grades 4-8.

Galloping the Globe

Galloping the Globe s a unit study for kindergarten through fourth grade. Focusing on the seven continents and some specific countries, this study is designed to take 1-3 years to complete; suggested schedules are included. Integrating geography, Bible, history, science, literature, and maps & flags, children will discover the famous people from each country as well as holidays and other cultural traditions. Each country has a checklist with books to read from the core reading list as well as individual picture books, biographies, websites to visit, language arts selections, appropriate Bible references and activities unique to each portion of the world.

Tapestry of Grace

Tapestry of Grace is a plan of study that helps parents provide a Christian, classical education using a guided unit study approach, with the history of the world as the core organizational theme. From Grades K–12, all students cycle through world history every four years, with all ages studying the same slice of history each week, each at their own learning level. Detailed lesson plans and discussion outlines enable parents to be their children’s primary teachers and mentors and shape their students’ biblical worldviews.

Matthew’s Kitchen Virtual Cooking classes

At Matthew’s Kitchen, you will be taken through countries or states through a background history, a couple of recipes and a craft or writing project. Each class is meant for a 12 month learning.

Science

  • Nancy Larson Science
  • Nancy Larson Science follows in the footsteps of Saxon Math as a well-crafted conversation.
  • The same philosophy of guided inquiry that Nancy Larson brought to the successful Saxon Math Homeschool K–3 is used effectively with Nancy Larson Science Homeschool K–6. Homeschool parents can take comfort that millions of elementary school children have learned from my math and science programs.
  • Apologia Science
  • Apologia Science or Apologia Educational Ministries offers a full range of homeschool science curriculum, from elementary courses through advanced high school materials, founded upon a biblical, creationist viewpoint. Apologia’s direct conversational style textbooks and household labs are perfectly tailored to homeschoolers’ needs!
  • Answers in Genesis
  • Answers in Genesis is a Christian based science that covers all science topics.
  • Supercharged Science
  • Supercharged Science is from a former NASA scientist whose created curriculums for all types of sciences.

Math

  • TOP PICK! Math Lessons for a Living Education is a Charlotte Mason style curriculum. They use story based lessons, worksheets, hands on activities and more to help your child learn. They are workbooks.
  • Jump uses the Common Core standards to teach. While some do use it for homeschooling, per there website, it is not recommended as a stand alone curriculum but a supplement for children in traditional school.
  • Math-U-See is a workbook with some online resources. It is a complete curriculum and also available for school use as well.
  • CTC Math is a complete curriculum where you get access to all grades, it is online and self paced.
  • Singapore is a Singapore based company. They replicated how they learn for all when it comes to math. It is workbook based.
  • Life of Fred is a textbook style of learning math. Life of Fred tries to make it un boring.
  • Saxon math  scaffolds instruction of each concept and continues to review information introduced earlier. This allows students the time and practice to retain math concepts to the level of mastery. It is workbook based.
  • Horizon is a christian based Math who has workbooks from 1st grade to 6th.
  • Teaching Textbooks is a subscription based curricula online, they have from 3rd grade and beyond.
  • Shiller Math research-based curricula, music, manipulatives, flashcards, and workbooks for students of ages 4-13 (including pre-K and pre-Algebra), with beautifully designed lessons, diagnostic tests with answer keys, songs, and Montessori-based manipulatives. 
  • Unlock Math is an online math curricula. It combines the following in a multi-sensory interactive approach that gives your child their best opportunity for math success, unlocking their hidden math potential.

Language Arts

Online Programs/Homeschool Curriculum

Free Online Resources/Programs

Unit Studies

Bible Curriculum

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What to watch on netflix while homeschooling

As Promised here’s the netflix list, things do change so i apologize if its not always up to date

ELA

Llama Lama

The Pixar story

The grinch

Cat and the hat

Super monsters

Peter rabbit

Judy Moody

White fang

Inkheart

A wrinkle in time

Harriet the spy

Masha’s tales

Captain underpants

Goldie and bear

Super songs

Justin time

Super wings

Julies greenroom

Ask the story bots

MATH

Dream big engineering our world

SCIENCE

Magic school bus

Magic school bus rides again

Our Planet

If i were an animal

Blue planet

Oceans

Planet earth II

LIFE

Africa

Growing up Wild

Dino Hunt

The day dinosaurs died

Frozen planet: polar bears

Frozen planet

The universe

Super flyers

Wild Alaska

Monkey planet

Explained

Ghost of the mountains

Natures great events

The hunt

Wild Arabia

India natures wonderland

Raising the dinosaur giant

Earths natural wonders

Natures great race

Great Yellowstone thaw

Natural born hustlers

Koko the gorilla who talks

Chasing coral

National parks adventure

Bill Nye the science guy

Birders

Cute to killer

I’ve in the blue

History

Roman Empire

World War II in color

Americas book of secrets

Empire games

Great British castles

Civilizations

The civil war

The war

Prohibition

Woodstock

Secrets of Henry VIII palace

Secrets of highclere castle

JFK

Secrets of authors the Spencer’s

Secrets of chatsworth

Horizon aaushiwitz

Vikings unearthed

Hiroshima

1945

The Russian revolution

Amelia

Secrets of Westminster

How to win the presidency

Account of auschwitz

Nazi concentration camps

Firs face of America secrets of selfridges

GYM

Bo on the go

ART

Abstract the art of design

Music

The Beatles

Metallica

Chicago

Rolling Stones

Jimi Hendrix

Beat bugs

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List of awesome YouTube Channels

Are your kids on YouTube as much as mine? I figured why not compile an awesome list of educational channels so he’s always learning

Science

Coyote Peterson

Brave Wilderness

ElectroBOOM

Nat geo

Discovery Channel

B&B Beetleworx

Sci show

Schi show kids

Animal Rescue

Wolf Conservation

Mark Rober

Backyard Scienist

MEL science

Vsauce

Science Max

Deep Look

Magic School Bus

All things animals TV

Bill Nye the Science guy

Chasing monsters

Scott- Manley

What’s inside

Everyday astronaut

Ants Canada

History

Simple History

Invicta

Jastownsendandson

English

Math

Math antics

Art

Art to Know with Mommy O

Art Hub

Languages

Jack Hartmann

Gym

Homeschool Pop

Dr. Binocs

Dude Perfect

Story time with Mrs. P

Crash Course

Mr. Demaio

Ted ed

Survivorman

Les stroud

Smarter everyday

Born different

Primitive Technology

Crazy Russian hacker

The king of random

7 second riddles

BBC earth

It’s ok to be smart

Horrible history

How to make everything

Minute earth

Minute physics

The brain scoop

Steve Spangler

Grandmas house

Donuts makes science

The odd1sout

Nerdy nummies

Space girl

Physics girl

Life hacks for kids

Good mythical morning

Kids make

Operation ouch

Sick science

Gross science

Brain craft

Science sparks

Origin of everything

How ridiculous

Life noggin

Nature league

Brightly story time

Storybook nanny

Storytime

The fab. Lab

Geography now

Winter Preschool Themed Lesson

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We are kicking off our new year providing more in our themed lessons for the younger crowd. While it is not necessary to have themes or a schedule because play is best, it does give parents a sense of ease.

If you didn’t know, or you are knew here, here is a quick background update. I have been homeschooling my kiddo since he was 1. I am also a former preschool teacher and nanny. Anyway, we used to theme our lessons by the month. You can choose so or you can choose to do weekly or biweekly. I will be breaking it down by books, activities and songs.

You Can check out more on the Preschool curriculum here.

Books

The Shortest Day by Wendy Prefer

The beginning of winter is marked by the solstice, the shortest day of the year. Long ago, people grew afraid when each day had fewer hours of sunshine than the day before. Over time, they realized that one day each year the sun started moving toward them again. In lyrical prose and cozy illustrations, this book explains what the winter solstice is and how it has been observed by various cultures throughout history. Many contemporary holiday traditions were borrowed from ancient solstice celebrations.

Winter Wonderland by Jill Esbaum

Each year, as days grow shorter and trees become bare, the world outside seems to slow and darken. But for children, this time of year is magical. The frosty air crackles with play and laughter. There’s a sense of excitement as snow and cold weather make for outdoor adventures that aren’t possible any other time of year.This charming picture book, the latest in National Geographic’s popular Picture the Seasons series, is a vibrant celebration of winter traditions. Winter means family, as loved ones travel many miles to visit. Holiday events bring a spark of warmth and togetherness that seems to happen only in winter. Twinkling lights and colorful displays bring cheer and goodwill. Glowing candles invite visitors to share a festive meal. Frosty weather outside draws lacy patterns on the windowpanes.With this beautifully photographed book in the home or classroom library, children will return time and again to see, feel, and learn about the magic of winter. An excellent choice for teachers wishing to celebrate the season, as well as for grandparents who seek a meaningful gift for their little ones

Winters Coming by Jan Thornhill

Lily, a young snowshoe hare, is surprised to notice the leaves changing color in her forest home. She hears from the other animals that “Winter’s coming,” but who― or what―is Winter?
As Lily learns the ways in which her forest friends prepare for winter’s arrival, she becomes more and more worried about what she should be doing. Finally, the brown bear points out that Lily has been preparing without even knowing it: her fur is thickening and turning white to help her camouflage in the changing weather.
Complemented by illustrations in a mix of collage, drawing, and digital montage, this story introduces the many ways in which different animals adapt to survive winter.

Walking in a Winter Wonderland by Richard B. Smith

Sleigh bells ring, are you listening . . . Tim Hopgood’s joyful and colorful illustrations show all the wonders of winter―snowmen and sleigh rides, sweaters and smiles. Follow a family on their walk through snowy scenes. A beautiful and festive celebration of the season―perfect for sharing!

Frosty the Snowman by Diane Mudrow

Based on the beloved 1969 television special, this timeless classic Little Golden Book retells the whole magical story of Frosty the Snowman. A perfect Christmas gift for boys and girls 2–5!

Biscuits Snow Day by Alyssa Satin Capucilli

There is soft, powdery snow everywhere! It’s the perfect day for snow angels, sledding, and snuggling up with someone you love. Woof!

Snow by Uri Shulevitz

“It’s snowing, said boy with dog.
“It’s only a snowflake,” said grandfather with beard.

No one thinks one or two snowflakes will amount to anything. Not the man with the hat or the lady with the umbrella. Not even the television or the radio forecasters. But one boy and his dog have faith that the snow will amount to something spectacular, and when flakes start to swirl down on the city, they are also the only ones who know how to truly enjoy it. 

The First Day of Winter by Denise Fleming

Alive with swirling snow and lots of outdoor fun, the first ten days of winter bring special gifts for a special friend. This cumulative tale will have children chanting along as they discover all the trimmings needed for the most perfect snowman ever!

Big Snow by Jonathon Bean

While “helping” his mother with holiday housecleaning, a boy keeps a watchful eye on the progress of a winter storm. He’s hoping for a big snow. A really big snow. Inside, he is underfoot, turning sheet-changing and tub-scrubbing into imaginary whiteouts. Outside, flakes are flying. But over the course of a long day (for Mom) the clouds seem slow on delivering a serious snowfall. Then comes a dreamy naptime adventure, marking just the beginning of high hopes coming true in this irresistible seasonal story.

Just a Snowman by Mercer Mayer

Snow is piled high and school is cancelled. But before Little Critter can build his snowman, he must help his sister wear her snow boots, his dad shovel the sidewalk, and Gator build a fort. Will Little Critter ever get to build a snowman?

I See Winter by Charles Ghigna

Snowflakes, sleds, and skates are just the beginning of the joys of winter.

Mimi and Bear in the Snow by Janee Trasler

Wherever Mimi goes, Bear is sure to be there. But what happens when Mimi can’t find Bear? Find out in this adorable board book that is sure to bring a big smile to anyone who has ever lost a beloved toy.

The Jacket I Wear in the Snow by Shirley Neitzel

Rhyme follows rhyme as layer after layer of winter clothing (“bunchy and hot, wrinkled a lot, stiff in the knee, and too big for me!”) is first put on and then taken off to the relief of the child bundled inside. Clever rebuses and jaunty illustrations make The Jacket I Wear in the Snow especially fun for prereaders and new readers.

The Itsy Bitsy Snowman by Jeffrey Burton

The itsy bitsy snowman went sledding into town,
looking at the snowflakes softly falling down.
Out came his friends to lend a happy hand.
And everything was perfect in his winter wonderland.

Dream Snow by Eric Carle

It’s December 24th, and the old farmer settles down for a winter’s nap, wondering how Christmas can come when there is no snow! It is in his dream that he imagines a snowstorm coming and covering him and his animals—named One, Two, Three, Four and Five—in a snowy blanket. 

But when the farmer awakens, he finds that it has really snowed outside, and now he remembers something! Putting on his red suit, he goes outside, puts some gifts under the tree for his animals, and presses a button near a Christmas tree, creating a most surprising musical treat for children everywhere.

Toot & Puddle: Let It Snow by Holly Hobbie

How do you find the best Christmas present ever for your best friend in the whole wide world? That’s what Toot is trying to find out, and Puddle is having just as much trouble. With a nod to previous books in the bestselling Toot & Puddle series, Holly Hobbie shows readers that the best kind of present for the best kind of friend is one that shows just how much you care.

My Fairy Winter Wonderland by Maggie Bateson

The fairies of Snowberry Wood live in a sparkling world of ice and snow. This story unfolds this magical world of frozen waterfalls, snowy markets and cosy cabins. These fairies can go from scene to scene, zooming down ice toboggans, skating on the lake or playing in the toy and sweet emporium.

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

In 1962, a little boy named Peter put on his snowsuit and stepped out of his house and into the hearts of millions of readers. Universal in its appeal, this story beautifully depicts a child’s wonder at a new world, and the hope of capturing and keeping that wonder forever. The quiet fun and sweetness of Peter’s small adventures in the deep, deep snow is perfect for reading together on a cozy winter day. 

Construction Site on Christmas Night by Sherri Duskey Rinker

Created for lovers of Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site, as well as fans of Sherri Duskey Rinker’s storytelling and AG Ford’s art, this beautiful holiday picture book shows Excavator, Bulldozer, Crane, Dump Truck and Cement Mixer building a new home for fire engines. As they finish their big, important job, they get their own Christmas surprises. Your kids will have fun discovering the special surprise awaiting each vehicle as much as they will love rhyming along with the story. This cute book is sure to be a classic!

Snowman at Night by Caralyn Buehner

Have you ever built a snowman and discovered the next day that his grin has gotten a little crooked, or his tree-branch arms have moved? And you’ve wondered . . . what do snowmen do at night? This delightful wintertime tale reveals all! Caralyn Buehner’s witty, imaginative verse offers many amusing details about the secret life of snowmen and where they go at night, while Mark Buehner’s roly-poly snowmen are bursting with personality and charm. From the highly successful team that created such winning titles as Fanny’s DreamSnowmen at Night is fabulous, frosty, and fun!

The Snowman’s Song by Marilee Joy Mayfield

On a snow-covered hill just outside the edge of town, a little girl stumbles upon a melancholy snowman who has spent his entire life wishing for the Gift of Song. The little girl makes the Snowman’s life-long wish come true through a simple act of gratitude and compassion that brings young readers back to the true meaning of Christmas. You see, rather than the presents we receive, the most important gifts are those of selflessness and kindness.

Pete the Cat: Snow Daze by James Dean

In Pete the Cat: Snow Daze, school is canceled, and Pete cannot wait to play in the snow with all his friends. Imagine a day filled with snowball fights, hot chocolate, snowcats, and more. But when the next day and the day after that are all snow days, Pete comes to a sudden realization—it is possible to have too many snow days.

Ten Sparkly Snowflakes by Tiger Tales

Join the woodland animals as they get ready to play snowy games in this peek-through counting book. Little ones will love to watch as the number of snowflakes decreases from 10 to 1 with each turn of the page.

Winter is Here by Kevin Henkes

Snow falls, animals burrow, and children prepare for the wonders winter brings. Caldecott Medalist and award-winning author Kevin Henkes’s striking text introduces basic concepts of language and the unique beauty of the winter season. Laura Dronzek’s expressive paintings beautifully capture the joyful wonders of winter.

Snowmen at Play by Caralyn Duaher

The cool, lovable Snowmen are back in this brand-new sticker activity book, packed with fun things to make and do. Readers can help the Snowmen sit differences, make their way through mazes, create doodles, finish sticker puzzles, and much more. This bright, busy, book will spark imaginations and creativity and is perfect for holiday vacations.

The Mitten by Jan Barett

When Nicki drops his white mitten in the snow, he goes on without realizing that it is missing.

One by one, woodland animals find it and crawl in; first, a curious mole, then a rabbit, a badger and others, each one larger than the last. Finally, a big brown bear is followed in by a tiny brown mouse and what happens next makes for a wonderfully funny climax.

As the story of the animals in the mitten unfolds, the reader can see Nicki’s snowy outing in the borders of each page.

In her distinctive style, Jan Brett brings the animals to life with warmth and humor, and her illustrations are full of visual delights and details faithful to the Ukrainian tradition from which the story comes.

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Cupcake Liner Snowflake Craft for kids – In the Playroom

cupcake liner snowflakes easy winter craft for preschoolers

“My kids are always busy and excited to try new ideas and crafts. This winter break was a fun opportunity to teach my youngest child how to make a 3D snowflake from a cupcake liner. This winter craft is simple and easy, and a fun way to get creative for kids of all ages’ – Anna and Luciana

Polar Bear Headband Craft For Kids – Simple Everyday Mom

polar bear headband craft image collage with the words polar bear headband #2

“What better way to get kids excited about the season than with some arctic animals?” – Sam

Sensory Play in the Sink- Bathtime for Toys – Easier Motherhood

pinterest pin with text reading "simple sensory water play, bathtime for toys, www.easiermotherhood.com" and an image of a child at a kitchen sink filled with soapy water and toys on the side of the sink.

“Sensory bins are amazing, because they allow a child to explore their world through their senses, touching and feeling.  It also allows them to work on their motor skills, and learn through play.” – Anne

Pretty Painted Rock Snowflakes – Sustain my Craft Habit

Six rocks painted with snow flake designs. They're placed on top of snowflake decorations and a white table.

“Bring a bit of winter indoors with these simple yet pretty painted rock snowflakes. They’re a great, inexpensive way to decorate for the winter season. Or use them as napkin weights for your winter tablescape!” – Jane and Sonja

Olaf Papercraft – Frosting and Glue

“Do your kids wanna build a snowman? Get crafting with this super cute Olaf Papercraft that will be sure to keep your kids entertained.” – Amanda

5 Snowman Coloring Sheets – Literacy Learn

Graphic showing five snowman coloring sheets on a starry blue background.

“Celebrate wintertime fun with five different snowman coloring sheets. Download the free printable pdfs, and watch your young learners get creative and get to work! Print one or print all five!” – Laura

Winter Coloring pages- Simply Full of Delight

Free Winter Coloring Sheets for Kids - 2 free coloring pages shown including a snowman coloring page and a winter clothes worksheet for preschool

“Need a fun indoor winter activity for your children? Grab some crayons and print out these free Winter Coloring Pages for Kids.” – Crystal

Easy Mittens Craft – Simply Full of Delight

Easy winter mitten craft - 3 pairs of winter mitten crafts shown

“Looking for an adorable winter craft for kids? This Preschool Mittens Craft is super easy with the Free Mittens Template!” -Crystal

Kindergarten Winter Word Search – Tree Valley Academy

Free printable easy winter word search for kindergarten students.  It has a 6 X 6 grid of very large print letters. There are 6 words each with an image above each word showing kids what the word is.  The words are boot, coat, snow, cold, ski and ice.   There's also an image of a snowman with a hat and scarf that kids can color.

“Grab your child a copy of this free printable kindergarten winter word search.” – Melanie

Arctic Animals Color By Number – Tree Valley Academy

7 color by number worksheets of arctic animals for kindergarten or preschoolers. There's a coloring page of an orca, arctic fox, narwhal, polar bear, walrus, moose and a penguin. Helps kids practice identifying the numbers 1-5.

“Download a free copy of 7 color by number printables of arctic animals” – Melanie

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