The Teacher Garden - JANUARY

The Heights Child Development Center


Ok, so you've had two full weeks to rest, rejuvenate and enjoy a little family time ... who couldn't possibly be refreshed now that the kids are back????! We hope everyone enjoyed their nice break and is truly enjoying getting back into the swing of things. Just a little fun for you ....


This time of year is BUSY, BUSY and the year just flies by. As you are all thinking and creating and looking forward to the many activities coming up, here are a few ideas to get your minds-a-churning for the winter season. Every now and then, we need to just throw out the lesson plan and mix it up a little bit!

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Check Out These FUN Winter Activities!

Winter Time Poem

Here's a fun little poem that is easy to remember, and you could make up your own hand-motions to it, too!

Winter Time Poem
by Mary Ryer

Icy fingers, icy toes,
Bright red cheeks and bright red nose.
Watch the snowflakes as they fall,
Try so hard to count them all.
Build a snowman way up high,
See if he can touch the sky.
Snow forts, snowballs, angels, too,
In the snow, so white and new.
Slip and slide and skate so fast.
Wintertime is here at last.


If you have not made snow with your class, now is the perfect time to do it! Check out the following simple recipes ... what a great sensory idea.

Winter Snow Recipe
Here is a classic recipe for winter painting.

Materials: Soap flakes, water, liquid starch, and white powdered tempra.

Description: Mix soap flakes with water into a thick paste. Let children mix with a hand beater. Add a small amount of liquid starch and tempra. Let children create designs by painting with this mixture.

Cloud Dough

Use 8 cups of cornstarch and 1 cup of olive oil. To mix, use a large zip lock bag and split the mix in half by adding 4 cups cornstarch and 1/2 cup oil to each bag, then mix well.

Feeling brave??? Add 2 drops of peppermint essential oil for a nice wintry smell!

Shaving Cream and Baking Soda SNOW

Add the desired amount of baking soda to a sensory bin or container. Then, slowly mix in shaving cream. A good ratio is one large box of baking soda and almost a full can of shaving foam. As you slowly mix in the shaving cream you will discover a fantastic mold-able snow. The snow is super soft, silky smooth, and smells so clean and fresh. It is also naturally cold.

Snow Slime Recipe

  • 2 cups of white school glue
  • 1 & 1/2 cups of very warm water
  • Optional: a few drops of peppermint extract to give the snow slime a fresh and clean scent

Combine in a small bowl

In a second bowl combine

  • 3/4 teaspoons of borax
  • 1 & 1/3 cups very warm water

Mix the ingredients of both bowls well and then combine both bowls and mix

After the initial mixing you will want to dive in & mix the ingredients with your hands for a few minutes. As the ingredients are mixed the snow slime will form

Once the slime is good and mixed you can add glitter to make the snow slime sparkle. Make it COLD by storing it in a zip seal bag in the fridge before and after play. The cold feel of the slime makes it unique from any other slime we have made. Nothing like cold snow slime that sparkles as it OOZES

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You will need:

1 x 500g bag of bicarbonate soda

1 x can of shaving cream/foam

blue glitter


Step 1

Pour your bicarbonate soda into a large mixing bowl

Step 2

Add the can of shaving cream (some sources say that you only need about 3/4 of a can to get the thick ‘snow like’ consistency).

Step 3

Add as much glitter as you like – sources suggest about 2 tablespoons. Now give your mixture a good stir.

Step 4

Now to get the ‘erupting’ part of this activity happening, you just need to pour the vinegar over your snow and watch the magic happen…


Just a heads up reminder for you to start thinking about a parent AND as a teacher. Registration will open to STAFF on February 2nd. After that, registration opens on the following schedule:

February 9 - Currently Enrolled Families

February 16 - Members of The Heights Baptist Church

February 23 - Community

The administration is currently preparing for registration and how it will work this year. If you have any parents asking you about registration, please refer them to our website at as it will be updated as soon as information is approved for the school year. Also remind them to watch for emails and communication on the website on how the registration process will be handled this year.

If you have any questions or if any parents have questions, please ask them to call the front desk or email

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Inclement Weather Policy

We are reminding our parents, but it might be nice to give you all a little reminder as well on our Inclement Weather Policy. The CDC follows all decisions of Richardson ISD for weather-related closings and delays. It has been our experience over the years that RISD either holds school or cancels for the day, we have never seen them delay. However, if that is the case, we will base our decision on that and communicate to you.

So, if it is bad weather, watch for the RISD decision on any major news outlet or on their website at As soon as a decision is made, we try to make sure to communicate with you directly by email. If RISD is closed, so are we. We will also try post as soon as possible on our Facebook page as well as the home page of our website.

If the school is closed due to inclement weather on your normal work day, you still get paid for the day.

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January Teacher Meeting

Monday, Jan. 11th, 12:30-2:15pm

201 West Renner Road

Richardson, TX

Join us for our January teacher meeting in our normal location upstairs. Don't forget meetings are mandatory and paid ... and we just might have another wonderful speaker to look forward to!

Do you have an idea or submission?

If you have any ideas you wish to share or pictures of a fun art, experiment, etc form your classroom to share, please email them to Jennifer at for inclusion in our next monthly Teacher Garden!