Frigid temperatures and slushy roads will eventually make anyone start longing for spring, but don’t wish that snow and ice away just yet! It’s full of inspiration for fascinating math and science lessons and beautiful visual and language art. Here are great ideas for real-life homeschool lessons and unit studies! Read on for winter homeschool ideas for all ages, as well as some safety tips to help everyone enjoy the cold weather.
These cute, free downloadable work pages will add some winter fun to your younger students’ lessons.
This fascinating video explores the physics behind the strange twanging of frozen lakes, as well as other sounds that ice makes.
This snowflake science lesson from The Homeschool Scientist includes topics such as how and why snowflakes are formed, and instructions for catching some “wild” snowflakes for study.
Peruse this list of winter science activities for kids from iGameMom for endless science experiments for all ages.
Visit snowcrystals.com for gorgeous snowflake photographs, science lessons, and snowflake crafts and activities.
This ice melting experiment from Artful Parent will fascinate children–and adults–of all ages. (This experiment can get messy, so be sure to follow the tips for setting up a safe area to perform the experiment and plan accordingly so that everyone has time to enjoy the lesson.)
These snowflake window clings from We Lived Happily Ever After are simple to make and are a lovely way to incorporate some seasonal decor now that the holiday decorations are coming down.
These 3D hanging snowflakes are easy to make with plain paper, and there are endless ways to decorate them, making it easy to adapt this craft for all ages.
Classic paper snowflakes are always a relaxing craft to work on during a cozy afternoon in.
These crayon resist winter landscapes are made with paper, crayons, and watercolors and can easily be crafted by artists of all ages.
This rainbow snowflake window art from Two-daloo is an excellent craft to encourage older and younger students to work together, with younger children painting the paper towels and older children helping to dry and cut the snowflakes.
A snow day is the perfect time for everyone to curl up with a good book.
Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin tells the story of Wilson Bentley and his enthusiasm for photographing snowflakes.
Fans of the classic, Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, will love Katy and the Big Snow by Virginia Lee Burton.
The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder tells the story of the Ingalls family’s survival during the harsh winter of 1880-1881.
Blizzard! by Jim Murphy is told from the point of view of the New Yorkers whose city was brought to a standstill by a blizzard in March of 1888.
The Endless Steppe by Esther Hautzig describes the author’s and her family’s exile to Siberia during World War II.
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats is a charming, colorful picture book depicting the adventures of a young boy during the first snowfall of the season.
The following short poems are excellent material for poetry memorization and recitation:
Choices by Tess Gallagher
Winter Trees by William Carlos Williams
WriteShop offers an array of winter-themed writing prompts for all ages.
These poetry writing prompts and guidelines from Real Life At Home will help inspire students of all ages–and interest levels–to experiment with different poetry styles and create a charming poetry collage.
As much fun and as beautiful as snow can be, there are precautions you should take when you or your children embark on winter adventures like sledding, building snowmen, and even shoveling.
This article from Kids Health discusses dressing for the snow, winter sport safety, and emergency preparedness.
Weather.com outlines some great tips for outdoor winter safety.
These winter weather precautions from the United States Department of Labor are great tools to use for teaching students about winter safety. Children of all ages can help assemble an emergency kit for the family car and rehearse an emergency plan.