Spring brings about a feeling of excitement and anticipation for both adults and children. It is the time of renewal and birth. And nature has the “spring” factory tuned up to high gear velocity. So I thought I would give you some facts and ideas about Spring, which will make your family more aware of the changing of the season.
Spring, in the continental USA, starts down at the very bottom tips of Florida, Texas, and California. Spring moves upward at the rate of 100 miles per week. Sort of like filling a drinking glass up with water. And Spring stays on the move until it reaches the northern edges of Maine and Washington State.
Ask your children to tell you what they notice is happening within their community. And tell them what you see too.
Are the days getting longer and the sun staying around more often?
Do you see some flowers starting to bloom?
What does the air smell like?
Are there bees around your home?
Do you have lightning bugs or fireflies?
Even the night-time sky is changing! You can go to http://planetarium.ipsd.org/Subpage.aspx?id=282 and print a copy of the night sky. Then go outside at night with your family and lay on a blanket on the ground. Try to point out what you see, with what matches your map.
You can also Google your state and spring. Find out what occurs in your state when spring arrives.
And, don’t miss the opportunity to explain to your family how God has made everything good in Spring!
Song of Solomon 2:11-12
“For behold, the winter is past; the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtle dove is heard in our land.”