I can vividly remember trying to get my two young children up and ready for the day, gathering all needed belongings, buckling each into their car seat, driving to our daycare provider, and then rushing off to spend a day teaching kindergarten!
Those were the days! Luckily for me, Michael and Mary were so cooperative and loved to go to their sitter. It was (some days!) actually fun! As spring got closer, we would play a game on the way to and from home looking for signs of spring. We had a song…
Maryellen exploring the Spring Setting with grandchildren (ages 4, 4, 5, 7 and 9).
I miss those days!
Now, if you have never taught preschool or kindergarten, you cannot totally imagine the excitement that builds for any special event, the first day of spring being no exception.
Years ago, at the former Juniper Park School in Westfield, MA, we would have a Spring “parade.” Our kindergarten students would explore spring books, songs, and videos, create hats using construction paper, and make banners and hand held signs. We would then parade throughout the K-5 school, some students having noisemakers, and wish others a “Happy Spring!”
Since many of the students had siblings in the upper grades and our school often did projects across grade levels, there was an added level of joy for students to see a family member or friend. Our music teacher at the time, Mrs. Dowd, would play a spring march and the children were delighted to march about the studio! Returning to class, we would have a special snack.
Changes in the season are exciting (and welcomed!). Get started by choosing a few books on the spring season and reinforce the Setting icon from Braidy by asking students to think of changes in the setting once spring begins. The image shown is a sample list of changes from winter to spring that a small group of kindergarten students came up with after listening to When Spring Comes written by Kevin Henkes and illustrated by Laura Dronzek.
After completing the list with students, go back through the beautiful illustrations for any items missed and add them to the list. Use the song mentioned above to review the list!
Invite students to make this simple project. You will need: a paper plate, crayons, tissue paper strips, glue, tape, and a craft stick.
Other books that you may be interested in:
Check out these other spring related blogs:
And for older student, change the focus from winter to spring: