so today . . . we made penguin cutouts at school. while i love glitter, it was time to take down the christmas stuff, i guess (although one year i did leave my own christmas tree up until valentine's day--don't worry, it was an artificial tree!) so we made penguins, because it is the middle of winter--even if it was 85 degrees outside today! the first year i taught preschool here, i wrote my lesson plans several weeks ahead of time as i always have. the end of october rolled around and there i was with my fall lesson plan talking about the weather getting cooler and the leaves changing color and falling off the trees--none of which was happening!!! just try finding leaves on the ground for art projects . . . but we painted red, orange, & yellow leaves anyway because, by golly, it was october! about a week ago i was driving home from school through our neighborhood, and i realized that the leaves on the trees were turning color and falling off. i am not kidding you! there were yellow leaves on the ground EVERYWHERE! but even though it looked like fall, it is january, so now we are talking about mittens and boots and snowmen and penguins and animals hibernating and freezing cold weather--again, none of which is happening here. in fact, we are back in shorts and sandals for the next week while our temperatures hang in the 80's. i love where i live (sorry mom! and wendy.) it is beautiful here, and the weather can't be beat. but it is wreaking havoc with my lesson plans! really. i am trying to teach little kids about the differences between the seasons, and how nature cycles through the changes, and how each season has a purpose, and how we can tell what season it is by the changes we observe. but it is kind of a problem when we are still using the air conditioners in october, and we do our christmas shopping in our shirt sleeves, and the trees lose their leaves in january, and then we are back to our summer clothes in the middle of february. i mean, where is winter?!?!?!? maybe i should just give up this whole teaching about the seasons thing and teach about dinosaurs. they love dinosaurs . . .
let me just leave you with this picture of a snowman . . .