Spring! Spring! Spring! Lesson Plans
There is so much to cover for this theme, that it will be divided into two weeks. This first week will look at melting snow, clouds, warm winds, mud, baby animals, and flowers. The following week will focus more on gardening and birds.
Your child can learn:
- Spring is the season that follows Winter
- Snow melts, and turns to water
- Days are longer (Sunrise is earlier and sunset later)
- The ground thaws (if it freezes where you live)
- Rain falls from the sky instead of snow
- Birds return from their winter homes in the south
- Hibernating animals awaken
- Many baby animals are born in the spring
If your child is ready for pencil and paper activities, here are several worksheets focusing on the letter B, number 5, the color yellow, and the triangle shape. Except for the first one, they are all included in the Spring! lesson plan. If your child is not ready for these activities, just skip them. Worksheets have limited value.
Letter B worksheet #1
Umbrella Tracing Page (simpler activity, to substitute for bitsy book, if necessary)
My Itsy Bitsy Triangles Book
pre-printing practice: horizontal lines
You might find one or all of these recordings at your library. Otherwise, you can purchase them here. You might upload them to your computer, in case the CD gets damaged, or simply purchase the recordings as a download, then burn it to a CD for your child.
Saint-Saens: A Carnival of the Animals
Thunderstorm: a Surround Sound Experience
100 Singalong Songs for Kids
Elmo’s World-Springtime Fun(DVD)
Puzzles are a great toy. They help your child develop small muscle dexterity, and pre-math concepts such as spacial awareness, parts of a whole, sequencing, matching, problem solving, and more. Young children progress from three or four piece chunky puzzles, to 10-25 piece jigsaw puzzles. Here are several spring-themed puzzles to add to your collection.
On the Farm jigsaw puzzle
Four Seasons peg puzzle
Melissa & Doug Bugs 24 piece floor puzzle
Spring Picture Books
Look in your library first, then you may wish to purchase the ones you can’t find there. These are all “five star” books, rated by the parents who own and love them.
Spring is Here!by Lois Lenski
Everything Spring by Jill Esbaum
How Robin Saved Spring by Debbie Ouellet
Robins: Songbirds of Spring by Mia Posada
It’s Spring by Linda Glaser
Splish, Splash, Spring by Jan Carr
Flower Fairies of the Spring by Cicely Mary Barker
Spring: An Alphabet Acrostic by Steven Schnur
Spring is Here, Corduroy! by Don Freeman