I know many people around the country are eagerly awaiting spring’s arrival. For those of us who live in sunny Florida, the season is already in full bloom. I take any opportunity I can to talk about spring with Riley. It’s such a great jumping point into so many different activities – outdoor nature walks, scavenger hunts, crafts, and math and literacy activities are easily adapted to fit under the broad heading of “spring.”
We started this week off with some fun crafts to pique Riley’s interest – we made a tissue paper branch (Riley did this one almost entirely by herself) and a handprint tree. During these activities we talked about different types of plants; Riley knows that plants need water and sunshine to grow. At one point, I heard her singing about the plants needing to read their Bibles and pray every day in order to “grow, grow, grow,” though. I think we need to spend some more time on this topic to clear up any confusion.
We were working on our letters again this week, too. While Riley can’t sound out words on her own (she just turned 3), I like to practice that skill together. We made this fun tulip activity and sounded out the -at words. It’s really easy and could be modified to fit just about any letters or blends. Riley loves flowers so she was more motivated by this than she would have been by just sounding out words on a page.
How could we let a unit on spring go by without planting seeds? One afternoon, we planted some strawberry and poppy seeds that we found in the dollar bins at Target. Riley doesn’t quite understand that it’s going to take the seeds a while to germinate. I have a feeling that this will be a great lesson in patience as well as botany.
Spring is a great time to attract birds and critters. We hung these adorable bird feeders up last spring, and we’ll do it again this year. Hang them near a window and be ready to observe what types of birds and animals come for a snack.
Since we haven’t exhausted all of our fun resources yet, Riley and I will probably stick to our theme for at least one more week. If you’d like to read more about our preschool adventures, you’re welcome to head over to Daisy Cottage Designs.
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