I’m A Little Snowman
I’m a little snowman short and fat,
Here is my scarf and here is my hat.
When I see the snow fall,
Here me shout
“All you children please come out!”
Like most months, I am doing the same thing I always do, set 5 goals for myself to accomplish each month. Here are my five for this month and they are all Holiday related.
- Catch up on all my favourite Christmas carols.
- Have a holiday movie marathon with the Princess.
- Bake and eat my fair share of holiday treats.
- Take a nice and long winter stroll.
- Rediscover the true meaning of Christmas.
The door was shut, as doors should be,
Before you went to bed last night;
Yet Jack Frost has got in, you see,
And left your window silver white.
He must have waited till you slept;
And not a single word he spoke,
But pencilled o’er the panes and crept
Away again before you woke.
And now you cannot see the hills
Nor fields that stretch beyond the lane;
But there are fairer things than these
His fingers traced on every pane.
Rocks and castles towering high;
Hills and dales, and streams and fields;
And knights in armor riding by,
With nodding plumes and shining shields.
And here are little boats, and there
Big ships with sails spread to the breeze;
And yonder, palm trees waving fair
On islands set in silver seas,
And butterflies with gauzy wings;
And herds of cows and flocks of sheep;
And fruit and flowers and all the things
You see when you are sound asleep.
For, creeping softly underneath
The door when all the lights are out,
Jack Frost takes every breath you breathe,
And knows the things you think about.
He paints them on the window-pane
In fairy lines with frozen steam;
And when you wake you see again
The lovely things you saw in dream.
By Gabriel Seton c/o http://www.apples4theteacher.com/holidays/winter/poems-rhymes/jack-frost.html
LET IT SNOW TOMORROW
Let it snow tomorrow,
I hope it’s very deep.
Just let it snow and snow and snow,
When I am fast asleep.
Every place has a brand-new-face,
That’s all dressed up in white.
Then I’ll climb the mountainside,
And with my sledge have a million rides!
So let it snow on Monday, Tuesday,
On Friday let it snow and don’t miss
Saturday and Sunday.
My secret wish is simply this,
Just let it snow tomorrow.
Let is snow tomorrow
Let it snow tomorrow just for me!
WHETHER THE WEATHER
Whether the weather be fine,
Or whether the weather be not,
Whether the weather be cold,
Or whether the weather be hot,
We’ll weather the weather
Whatever the weather,
Whether we like it or not!
November smells of turkey, grapes and pumpkin pie.
And leaf-smoking curling gently into the sky.
Some animals have burrowed into the earth
To sleep until the spring.
Is a cricket sharing your house for the winter?
Can you hear him sing?
Nature’s garden is resting.
The trees are stark and bare.
Now you can see the lovely nests
You didn’t know were there.
By Richard Scarry
It looks as though Old Man Winter has finally hit Toronto. While kids love the snow, sometimes its just too cold to go outside. You don’t want your kids stuck inside the whole day, it will drive them and yourself absolutely squirrely. I find when the weather is inhospitable for outdoor adventures, its best to find an indoor adventure, outside of your own home. I really enjoy the Royal Ontario Museum for a day out.
It is great for both adults and children, and can be a great educational experience. It is open on the weekends from 10 – 5:30 and admission for adults is only $15 each, students 15 – 25 is $13.50, children 4 – 14 is $12 and children under 3 are free. Special exhibits are additional, but some are worthwhile to take a look at. We saw the water exhibit in the summer and there were some hands on things for parents and children alike to play with. When we choose to go the ROM, it’s only a $30 day out for the three of us. We like to bring our own lunch to cut down on the costs. I find their cafeteria, like most places, is overpriced. I would also stay away from the gift shop if you want to keep the price down. My husband bought our daughter a 2 foot high stuffed dinosaur for $40 the last time we went. The gift cost more than the three of us to get in for the entire day.
Located in downtown Toronto, it is easily accessible by transit. You can get off at Museum station and it is just a short walk outside. The entrance of the museum is architecturally stunning. Once you have paid admission, you will enter a large room where you then decide which direction you wish to start your tour. The entrance room is filled with dinosaur skeletons, armour, statues, paintings and an actual totem pole that seems to stretch on for the full height of the museum.
My daughters’ favourite part of the ROM has to be the dinosaur exhibit. She is more excited about seeing the dinosaur skeletons than she does about seeing Santa. We have to ensure she is holding one of our hands, because as you can see in the photo below, she loves to run to each exhibit, completely disregarding everyone else. Excitement takes over, and all the manners and good behaviour I have tried to instill fly out the window.
The ROM is also very stroller and kid friendly. There are elevators that access each floor and the hallways and aisles are wide enough for strollers. They have a children’s part of the museum where kids can play and learn at the same time as well as socialize with other children. It also gives Mom and Dad a well deserved rest. Sometimes they have people dressed up like dinosaurs walking around for the kids to talk to and it makes for a great photo opportunity for children that are not afraid. While my daughter loves Barney on TV, she was very leery of this dinosaur up close and personal.
My husbands favourite part is the bat cave, albeit my least favourite (I was raised in the country, I know what its like for real bats to swoop around your head.) Mine is the Canadian exhibit, especially the paintings during the wars. My hubby always sighs when I ask him to go into the Canadian exhibit. His argument; “Why do we have to look at the Canadian exhibit? We live here don’t we?” I love learning new and interesting things about my home and native land and getting to see and touch things from generations past. He enjoys looking at rats with wings.
I strongly recommend the Royal Ontario Museum for a fun family day out. It is relatively inexpensive and there is an exhibit for all tastes and cultures. There are things for both kids and parents, reasonable student prices, stroller and wheelchair friendly, easily accessible by transit and is open 7 days a week.