Winter Solstice Preschool Curriculum – Week 1, Day 1

Winter Solstice Preschool Homeschool Curriculum - Day 1 Activities

Week 1 – Day 1 (Yule and Sun Theme)

Reading & Social Studies:

Arrow to the Sun by Gerald McDermott You can find a read along of this book on YouTube or purchase it on Amazon.

Arts & Crafts, Math, and Science:

Yule Cinnamon Salt Dough Ornaments

Ingredients:

1 cup flour          1 cup salt            2 1/2 teaspoons ground cloves

3/4 cup water – you may need more, depending on the type of flour you use.

2 tablespoons ground cinnamon       2 teaspoons ground nutmeg

Directions

*Preheat oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit. *Combine all of the ingredients together. This is a great activity for your little one to do. *Roll out the dough. It shouldn’t be sticky. If it is, add more flour. If it’s crumbly and will not roll together, add a little more water. *Have your kiddo use cookie cutters to cut the ornaments out of the dough. If you don’t own any cookie cutters, you can always mold the ornaments yourselves into whatever shape you like. *Lay out the ornaments on an ungreased cookie sheet. *Bake for 4 to 6 hours, or until completely dry. Your bake time may vary depending on your location and oven, so keep an eye on these bad boys! *Once done baking, allow to completely cool. This takes about an hour. *When your ornaments are completely dry, you can paint them or just leave them as is. These have a lovely brown hue thanks to the spices added, so they look great without paint.

Music:

YouTube Sun Songs

Language Arts:

Visual Story Book (Making Ornaments)

A visual story book is a way for children to learn how to develop their own stories based around their experiences. After making the salt dough ornaments, encourage your child to make their own visual story book to detail the steps that they took to make the ornaments and how much they enjoyed it.

The child can use multiple mediums to create their stories. They can draw, paint, color, or use puppets (or their favorite doll) to create their stories. It doesn’t have to be perfect. The point is to encourage them to remember events and be creative.

Health:

Sun Yoga Poses

What better way is there to learn about the sun than through yoga!?! Simple sun salutations are an excellent way to get your preschooler interested in learning about the sun, while also doing something healthy and active.

Here are a few sun yoga poses that are generally safe for everyone (consult a family doctor before beginning any new exercise):

  • Half Sun Salutation Pose
  • Star Pose
  • Standing Sun Pose
  • Sun Salutation Pose

You can find out more about each of these poses here: https://primordialwillow.com/2014/11/05/sun-inspired-yoga-poses-for-the-entire-family-this-yule/

Winter Solstice Preschool Outline – Week 1

Winter Solstice Preschool Homeschool Curriculum

Week 1 (Yule and Sun) Daily Planner

Week 1 – Day 1    

Reading & Social Studies: Arrow to the Sun by Gerald McDermott

Arts & Crafts: Sun Shaped Salt Dough Ornaments

Math: Combined with Science (Measuring Ingredients)

Science: Combined with Arts & Crafts (Combining ingredients – basic chemistry)

Music: Listen to and memorize sun songs on YouTube or Pandora

Language Arts: Visual Story Map (Baking Ornaments)

Health: Sun Yoga Poses

This week’s activities are outlines in detail here.

Week 1 – Day 2

Reading & Social Studies: Sun Bread by Elisa Kleven

Arts & Crafts: Yule and Sun Themed Coloring Sheets

Math: Combined with Science (Measuring ingredients)

Science: Bake Sun Bread

Music: Listen to and sing Yule songs on YouTube or Pandora

Language Arts: Visual Story Map (The Sun)

Health: Sun Yoga Poses

Week 1 – Day 3

Reading & Social Studies: Gathering the Sun: An Alphabet in Spanish and English by Alma Flor Ada

Arts & Crafts: Yule Cards

Math: Seasonal Scents Counting Game

Science: Seasonal Scents Test

Music: Listen to and Sing Yule Songs on YouTube or Pandora

Language Arts: Visual Story Map (Scents)

Health: Sun Yoga Poses

Week 1 – Day 4

Reading & Social Studies: There’s No Place Like Space: All About Our Solar System (Cat in the Hat Learning Library) by Tish Rabe

Arts & Crafts: Yule Altar/Nature Basket

Math: Sun Spot Counting Game

Science: Nature Gathering for Yule Altar

Music: Nature Music

Language Arts: Visual Story Map (Solar System)

Health: Sun Yoga Poses

Week 1 – Day 5

Reading & Social Studies: Day Light, Night Light: Where Light Comes From by Franklin M. Branley

Arts & Crafts: Jingle Bell Instruments

Math: Yule Lights Color Recognition Game

Science: Combined with Reading

Music: Nutcracker Drumming Routine

Language Arts: Sun Alphabet

Health: Dance with Jingle Bell Instruments

Chinese New Year Preschool Reading List

Chinese New Year Preschool Reading List

For each of my reading lists that I’ve designed for Big A, I usually try to cover 5 books a week. Sometimes we have more or less, depending on what books I can find at our library or online. Here are 4 books my son and I have been reading during his Chinese New Year theme preschool studies:

The Empty Pot by Demi

This is a wonderful tale about how honestly brings reward. I personally loved the beautiful illustrations in this book. You can find a read along of this book on YouTube or purchase it on Amazon.

Bringing in the New Year by Grace Lin

In this book, you and your child will learn about fun and unique ways to celebrate the Chinese New Year. This book certainly gave me a few ideas on fun activities to do with my kids to help us learn more about Chinese culture. You can find a read along of this book on YouTube or purchase it on Amazon.

This Next New Year by Janet Wong

This is a book about a Chinese American family and how they celebrate the Chinese New Year/Lunar New Year. I particularly enjoyed this book because it also discussed how people of other races and cultures celebrate the new year. You can find a read along of this book on YouTube or purchase it on Amazon.

The Great Race: The Story of the Chinese Zodiac by Dawn Casey

This was probably, by far, Big A’s favorite book from our studies. This incredibly entertaining book explains in adorable fashion how the Chinese zodiac animals found their places within the zodiac. You can find a read along of this book on YouTube or purchase it on Amazon.

Sun Theme Preschool Reading List

Sun Theme Preschool Reading List - Great for Yule!

For each of my reading lists that I’ve designed for Big A, I usually try to cover 5 books a week. Sometimes we have more or less, depending on what books I can find at our library or online. Here are the 5 books my son and I have been reading during his sun theme preschool studies (which coincide with Yule for us):

Arrow to the Sun by Gerald McDermott

This book has been in our family’s library for years. I absolutely love it and it is one that my children request to be read almost daily. This book is perfect for Yule. You can find a read along of this book on YouTube or purchase it on Amazon.

Sun Bread by Elisa Kleven

The kids and I all love this book! It rhymes and goes very well with the concept of the dying and rebirth of the sun on Yule. You can purchase this book on Amazon.

Gathering the Sun: An Alphabet in Spanish and English by Alma Flor Ada

While this book isn’t explicitly about the sun, it does talk about things that the sun helps to nourish, ranging from people to food. The beautifully written poems are in both English and Spanish, which can provide you with the opportunity to work on a little Spanish with your children. You can purchase this book on Amazon.

Day Light, Night Light: Where Light Comes From by Franklyn M. Branley

This is an easy reading science book that explains what light is and where it comes from. If you’re looking for an excellent preschool science book, this book is for you. You can find a read along of this book on YouTube or purchase it on Amazon.

There’s No Place Like Space: All About Our Solar System (Cat in the Hat Learning Library) by Tish Rabe 

Like all Dr. Seuss books, this one is great (even if it wasn’t written by Dr. Seuss himself). This book explains our solar system, and the sun’s role within the solar system, in such a clear and easy to understand way that is great for preschoolers. You can find a read along of this book on YouTube or purchase it on Amazon.

Do you have any sun themed books that your children and you enjoy?