Written by Jamie Martin, editor of Simple Homeschool and founder of Steady Mom
A note from Jamie: We made it through another winter! Tulips are currently blooming on our nature table and though it’s still pretty chilly, we’re making plenty of plans for when the weather warms up. It brought to mind this post, originally published on March 22, 2010. Happy spring to you!
Living in New England, I always give myself a little pep talk before winter.
I make an intentional decision to enjoy the seasonal fun winter provides: snow, cozy fires, hot chocolate, and the holidays.
But when March hits and the calendar approaches spring, joy floods my heart. We made it–and the sunshine is (hopefully!) there to announce our victory.
Who could stay inside on days like these?
Fortunately as homeschoolers–we don’t have to.
Here are five fun ways to merge both learning and welcoming the new season.
1. Begin making plans for this year’s garden.
In our sunroom, we already have nine tiny tomato plants that our 5-year-old begged us to start two weeks ago. He’s taken ownership of those baby seedlings–nurturing, watering and flipping through books to discover what they need.
Head to your library with your kids to do some gardening research and then get to work.
Check out this post from Simple Organic to help get your garden off to a successful start.
2. Move lessons outdoors.
Photo by Andy Powell
Physical education isn’t the only subject that can be done outside. Let your budding reader head outdoors to practice while snuggled on a blanket or in a treehouse.
Take your math manipulatives to the backyard and see what you can count–worms, rocks, sticks? Or let your older child take the laptop out to work on that writing assignment.
3. Use music to set the seasonal tone.
Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, anyone?
It’s impossible to feel despondent when listening to the first violin concerto (spring, of course!) from the composer’s masterpiece.
This time last year, which I chronicled in a blog post here, our family used Vivaldi’s classic for inspiration as we created some springtime paintings.
4. Dust off those cookbooks and begin a new menu plan.
Involve your children in menu planning, anticipating the seasonal fruits and vegetables that will soon be on the way.
And stay tuned to Simple Bites for inspiring posts to help us feed our families well this spring.
5. Pick up a sunny read-aloud.
Even when you’re indoors, you can celebrate spring with a new picture or chapter book.
Take a look at this list for some ideas.
So make sure you mark the start of a new seasonal rhythm this week. And allow yourself time to bask in the wonder of the growth blossoming around you–both within your children and the world outdoors.
What does your family do to celebrate the start of a new season?