When the chill of winter arrives in Saskatchewan, we might prefer to stay inside where it’s warm and cozy. However, winter activities provide many excellent language learning opportunities! Take some time to bundle up, brave the cold (well…maybe not when the windchill is dipping to -45!), and explore the magic of winter. Read on for some practical ideas to build language into your winter exploration!
Focus on vocabulary for winter clothing and describe how to put on each item:
Walk and talk about everything you see, hear, and feel.
Building a Snowman
List the steps to build a snowman. Focus on vocabulary for each part of the snowman’s body. Try to add describing words, such as a colour or size for each item.
This is a great opportunity to focus on action words.
Time to Warm Up!
When it’s time to go back inside, make a cup of hot cocoa and cuddle under a blanket to talk about all the fun things you did together outside – or – read some winter-themed books together. Here’s a few favourites that you can pick up from your local library or bookstore:
Written by Nicole Sax, Registered Speech-Language Pathologist with Wildflowers.