Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Oh, there are so many wonderful things about spring. Just stepping outside on an early spring morning to tend the chickens, breathing in the spring fresh air, with the mud squishing under my rubber boots brings joy to my heart, for spring is finally here! There are so many things to teach children about spring. Who can even begin to cover it all? Do they hear the Cardinal call? It's the loudest bird call in the spring here in New Hampshire. The robins are a prominent bird in the yard as they scurry along looking for those first spring worms to appear. The Canadian Geese are returning to the neighbor's pond for their short yearly layover, until they are ready to move on to their nesting grounds. Listen for their honk, they are ready to take flight, as they skim across the top of the water... It's chick time! Let's build a new brooder and dig out the supplies, the heating lamp, water bottles, and feeding tray... What are those little sprouts coming up near the foundation of that building? Daffodils? Tulips? Crocuses?... The sap is running. Let's put out the taps and collect it to boil down for syrup. The sugar house steam smells sweet. Can we have a taste? The tree's buds are swelling, sugaring season is over for another year.... Do you see the Dandelions taking over the lawn? That's okay they'll make a beautiful bouquet for Mommy.... Time to plant the seeds in little cups. Let's do a lot of them and see how they grow. We'll find a sunny window to place them in, cover them with plastic and water them well. We'll watch to see those first tiny sprouts poke their heads up through the soil. Now it's time to harden them a little by putting the seedlings out on the deck each day. Soon it will be time for their new home in the garden... There is just so much to learn in the spring and so many things to do. I hope you will take the time to enjoy the little pleasures with your children this spring. These ramblings are just a few of my springtime memories from our homeschooling years. I thank the Lord for His bountiful blessings.