Winning at Winter Gear!

Today I recorded a video with tips, tricks and some “Functional Systems” for teaching and supporting children in getting ready to go outdoors in winter. I believe that by taking the time to teach and support children in learning to get ready for winter that I am building their skills and confidence. So instead of being overwhelmed by this transition, I look at it as a learning time.

Intentional teaching and support in this process is a great investment of my time as a preschool teacher….and remember, getting ready for outdoor time is part of the ‘curriculum’! Goals for winter dressing include:

  • Build their independence in getting ready 
  • Help children to become comfortable outdoors for extended periods of time
  • Communicate their needs and find support with the adults 
  • Reap the benefits of being outdoors in the winter


Resources mentioned in the recording:

Children’s Books for teaching about Winter Gear

The Jacket I Wear in the Snow by Shirley Neitzel
Froggy Gets Dressed by Jonathan London
Thomas’ Snowsuit by Robert Munsch
Mrs. Toggle’s Zipper by Robin Pulver
Under My Hood I Have a Hat by Karla Kuskin and Fumi Kosaka
Do I Have to Wear a Coat? by Rachel Isadora
The Mitten by Jan Brett
A Hat for Minerva Louise by Janet Stoeke
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
What I Wear Outside in the Winter by Inhabit Education

Resources I mention in the video:

Free printable on TpT~ Visual Winter Dressing Sequence Strip: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/P…

Two articles I like to share with staff & families about winter gear:
“How to Dress Your Kids for Outdoor Play” by Get the Kids Outside
“How to Dress Your Kids for Outdoor Winter Activities” by Nikki Sowder




NOW ENROLLING: “Wonders of Winter Master Class Series” – Ready to feel confident and excited to teach in the outdoor classroom this winter? Join me in January 2023 for a 20 hour professional development series that s designed to equip early childhood educators with the tools and resources to keep children engaged in learning throughout the entire winter. Each session we will dive into practical and actionable steps that educators can take to bring outdoor learning to life! Click here to learn more about the “Wonders of Winter Master Class Series”

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