EARTH, as signed by Dr. Bill Vicars from lifeprint.com
Happy Earth Day from Lone Star Signers!
We have been spending a lot of time outdoors this month: taking nature walks around our neighborhood, walking to and from the town library, and exploring the nearby lake. Both girls have been making daily entries in a nature journal (4-year-old draws a picture, 7-year-old draws a picture and writes a paragraph) and watching spring slowly blossom here in the Midwest.
We are learning about local birds, trees, and flowers that share our space and participating in a Nature Pal Exchange with another family in Minnesota.
The girls and I look forward to our daily walks; we have a great opportunity for real conversation while looking for small changes in our natural environment. We’re also growing sunflowers in indoor pots, so the girls get to take ownership and learn about taking care of living things.
Of course, we’ll be doing a few fun activities to celebrate Earth Day (check out our Pinterest board), but I want my daughters to love the Earth every day!
And now, some of our favorite Earth-related resources (affiliate links, natch…thanks for supporting us!):
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St. Patrick’s Day has come and gone, so we are moving on to celebrating the arrival of spring! We’ve heard it’s already in the 90s in San Antonio, but here in Iowa…well, let’s just say that it snowed at our Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday morning. 🙂
Our adorable little town has a thing for tulips, so we’re starting to see them peek up all around town, from the library to the main square! (We even have a few coming up in the flower bed in our front yard…)
Every day, we take a nature walk around our neighborhood to see what’s changing. The trees and shrubs are still mostly bare, but a few of our neighbors have small buds appearing on their trees. After experiencing our first real winter (and snow on March 19th!), anticipating spring’s arrival seems extra-fun this year!
The girls and I are planning a handful of “preschool at home” activities for the next few weeks. Plastic Easter eggs are a MUST! 🙂
Your little one can match up tops and bottoms (upper/lowercase letters or numerals & dots), unscramble letter tiles to build words, or practice counting to 12 using an empty egg-carton!
This year, we even took our eggs outside for some gross-motor practice! Both girls enjoyed chucking them at a plastic bowl in the driveway. 🙂
Of course, my girls love it when we make homemade playdough. This rainbow playdough invitation is one of their favorites!
We have a lot more Spring Fun planned for the next few weeks! You can download our $5 Spring Tot School Unit with more than 40 simple learning activities, available now through April 14th.
Our favorite toys, books, and videos for talking about spring:
(Click on the image for a direct link–keep in mind that Lone Star Signers does use affiliate links at no additional cost to you.)
- Spring Joy by Liesbet Slegers
- Mouse’s First Spring by Lauren Thompson
- Magnetic fishing puzzles from Melissa & Doug
- Life Cycle of a Butterfly Puzzle from Discovery Toys
- Baby Signing Time, Volume 3: It’s a New Day
- Rachel and the Treeschoolers: Plants & Flowers
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What are your favorite activities to celebrate spring with your little ones?
We have so many fun activities coming up this month! Click on any event for more details–and as always, feel free to e-mail me (firstname.lastname@example.org) or visit us on Facebook!
Sunday, November 8th: LAST day to register for our November/December classes! (details)
Wednesday, November 11th: NEW session of signing classes starts (weekly classes on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays)
Saturday, November 14th: Parent Workshop–Introduction to Tot School (details)
Saturday, November 14th: Fall Appreciation Party (details)
Thursday, November 19th: Sign & Stroll Event at Yanaguana Gardens (details)
Thursday, December 3rd: Signing with Science–Awesome Animals (details)
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