Q. Since there's no missing the bus and no slippery and hazardous roads to avoid, do you still insist on having your children do their schoolwork on "southern snow days", since they are few and far between?
A. Nope...we take off! When I was homeschooled myself, my Mom let us take off, as well. Being southerners, who know that snow doesn't come that often in this neck of the woods, we take every opportunity to do "life school" on snow day! This "life school" would include the following!
- Earth science
- Making of a snow gauge (HERE)
- Capturing and studying of snowflakes (HERE)
- Learning about the water cycle (HERE)
- Research snow animals/hibernating animals
- Density of water, snow and ice (HERE)
- and more... (HERE)
Math Snow Lessons
- Figuring out Snow to Liquid Equivalent Conversion (HERE)
- Learning how to make a snow gauge (HERE)
- Graph the snowfall by the hour
- More winter math (HERE)
- Research what areas of country receive the most snowfall (National Snow and Ice Data Center)
- Research which area of the state recevied more snow this time and why (approach of the storm, air temps, elevation, etc.)
- Learn to build an igloo (HERE)
- Surviving in snow (HERE)
- Wilderness Survival (HERE)
- Building a lean-to (HERE)
Dramatic Arts/Creative Play
- Playing "fort"
- Pretending to be stranded in the wilderness
- Making snow forts, angels
- Running, jumping, hiking through snow, etc.
- Building snow forts
- Throwing snowballs
The Metzgers Eating Snow Cream (12/26/10)
- Planning snow attire the night before
- Gathering and laying out snow gear the night before in anticipation (this is a needed skill, especially in a large family)
- Learning how to organize and care for wet clothing/shoes (logical place for everyone to enter the house, where to place the boots/shoes, put wet coats and such in the dryer)
- Making snow cream (HERE)
- Making hot cocoa
- Planning for and making a hot soup for lunch or dinner
- Starting a fire (either gas or wood-burning)
As you can see this list could go on and on! The beauty about homeschooling is that you can do things like taking a day off to enjoy the beauty of God's creations, while learning through having fun! Since we school year-round, we also do not have the pressure to finish our lessons at a certain time of the year (although, even if you DON'T school year-round, you can tack on extra days as needed, as well). Try to break out from that school-timeline/schedule mindset and be free to utilize the resources that surround you every day! Take time and enjoy making memories by homeschooling "real life lessons" now and again!
What are your winter weather or snow day ideas for your homeschool?