It’s that wonderful time of year when the days start getting longer and we begin to emerge from our cozy winter hideouts…or at least that’s what should be happening! The view from my window tells a different story this Saturday morning.
While I’m Canadian and accustomed to long winters, it’s now testing my resiliency! Spring is one of my favourite times of year in the classroom and it would be nice to see sunshine and green grass out the window to go along with the colourful spring activities! Regardless of Mother Nature’s plans, we kicked off our Welcome Spring unit this week with this classic little poem:
I introduce a new poem/chant each week and it becomes the foundation for many of our word work and reading activities. The pointers make it fun for my firsties to practice tracking and I choose a volunteer from our ‘Lucky Duck’ baskets to lead our reading of the poem. I added some new spring pointers to the selection this week and they were a hit! On Fridays, they take home a copy in their Chant Books to share with their families. You can grab a copy below:
We also read the book Hello Spring! and brainstormed a list of winter and spring items. The story itself is short and simple but it was a perfect springboard for our discussion. Believe me, even my little ones who adore the snow are ready to say goodbye to snowsuits, frozen noses and winter! I was amazed at some of their creative ideas when we completed the follow-up activity.
Hopefully we’re going to turn the corner soon and enjoy some more Springish weather around here to go along with our Spring activities! On the bright side, my evening walks aren’t in the dark anymore…
I’ll be back soon with some of my Easter activities. I’m also on the hunt for some new spring themed books to add to my collection. If you have any faves, let me know in the comments below. Have a fabulous week!
With love, from my classroom to yours,