Snow School

We are all done with the snow, I know. I get it. I am, too.  I look at my flip flops everyday and wipe away tears.  But it seems like the good Lord is saying, “This is not Burger King and you can’t have it your way,” so let’s figure out what we’re going to do with our offspring today, shall we?

May I suggest Snow School?  Remember when I said you should try Reader’s Workshop but that you should CALL it “Reader’s Workshop?”  Same thing with Snow School.  Don’t say you’re about to have school at home.  Unless you’re a homeschooler, I just don’t think that’s going to work.  However, call it “Snow School” and you’re golden.  Here’s what you do:

District 2-20140303-00757Make a schedule.  The trick to the Snow School schedule is to plan activities that allow you to SIT DOWN. The entire point of Snow School is not to get kids to learn, people.  It’s so that you can STAY SANE. If the kids learn something, wonderful.  But what’s more important is that you can check Facebook, drink coffee, and catch up on Scandal.

Things that keep kids busy:

Play-doh – I know it’s a mess to clean up but for Pete’s sake you guys, make it into a game. “Whoever can pick up the most Play-doh gets to run outside in the snow without clothes on.”  Your floors will sparkle.

All Kids Network – Do yourself a favor and check this website out.  Everything is free.  More importantly, the worksheets and activities are excellent.  We did weather worksheets:

District 2-20140303-00762District 2-20140303-00763District 2-20140303-00764We worked on St. Patrick’s Day activities (because, like a fool I thought two weeks ago, “Well this will be the last snow storm in March,” and printed out all the Irish stuff I could find. An aside – I LOVE the Irish.  All of you.  I want to be Irish.)

District 2-20140303-00769District 2-20140303-00765District 2-20140303-00770District 2-20140303-00771District 2-20140303-00772District 2-20140316-00810Here’s Physical Education:

District 2-20140304-00774I told them it was interval training.  They needed to climb this “mountain” of snow, stand up and yell, “ADRIENNE!!!!!” as loud as they could, then run back down before turning around and doing it again.

Here’s recess:

District 2-20140304-00776We had TV and computer game time, too.  I may be holding out on getting an iPhone until Apple makes it with buttons I can actually push and not touch a screen, and I may be freaked out by the electronic way of reading books, but I totally embrace kids watching TV and playing computer games.  It’s when I take my nap.

So we can totally do this, you guys!  Snow day schmo day!  Have yourself a Snow School Day!  It’ll be fun! It’ll be great!

Now who wants to take care of my kids today?  I have a lot to do.

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12 Responses to Snow School

  1. Jesse Feyen says:

    I’m not going to watch those kids. They sound crazy.

  2. Tiffany p says:

    I am going to give my kids a spray bottle with green water and tell them to go outside.

  3. Aaryn Tanner says:

    Wonderful! And this Irish descendent loves you too :)

  4. Erin says:

    So are so creative! Feel like Andrew has missed basically all of winter’s Pre K. Thanks for the ideas and the morning giggle. : )

  5. Michele says:

    Callie, I love all of these ideas! If only my restless toddler had enough self-control to sit down and do any of them….but remind me about them again next year when we’re on snow day #35. :)

  6. Anita says:

    You’re doing a great job.

    Take heart – spring starts this week. And even though the weather may take some time to catch up with the calendar, we’ll see signs of spring soon.

    (I have to say the first response to this post cracked me up.)

    • calliefeyen says:

      I think it was Emily Dickinson that said March is the time for expectation, and I’ve been thinking about that a lot lately. It’s a very appropriate quote.

      Yes, that guy in the first comment is crazy. Some people’s husbands! :)

  7. alison says:

    wow. you are the coolest mom ever. i want to send my kids to be home-schooled by you. :) oh, and move to colorado. we haven’t had a single snow day yet. of course we do have these little things called plows that take care of that pesky white stuff.

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