Sometimes, we jump on learning ideas and other times I let a topic build a bit. After we watched, and loved, Dolphin Tale together I knew this would be a great topic to explore further. I started a secret dolphin collection to bring out on a winter day…many of these books I already had in my teacher library. I did order a couple new books and couldn’t resist the tattoos.
We had been using the Clearwater Marine Aquarium website to visit Winter on the webcam and also play the games. http://www.seewinter.com/winter/media/webcam-3 Then one cold day at the end of winter, I laid it all out on the table for them to discover. They spent a good hour reading the books and we somehow started looking up dolphins who can paint on youtube.
Which lead to a painting session like a dolphin…
and turning them into cards. The kids each wrote a letter to Winter. I’m not sure if we’ll hear anything back, but it was a perfect morning in our jammies… learning, reading, painting, and writing. A winter’s tale of our own.