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/

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