Learning about the seasons is a fun way to teach preschoolers about the environment. Weather is a common topic around the water cooler, and an understanding of the seasons is a base point of knowledge. With the seasons, there are also holidays, and other cultural rituals that coincide with the seasons, and this could be a focal point to enforce with preschool children.
Helping preschoolers to learn about the seasons can be very rewarding and enriching activities, provided the teacher allows them to be furn and exciting. The seasons are all very important in their own right, and the preschool children should be encouraged to find the beauty in each and every season. Each season has its own pros and cons, and each preschool child will have their own fond memories of different seasons.
Mother Nature regales us on a yearly basis by offering us the seasons. The true majesty of nature lies in the changing of the seasons, and this beautiful ritual should be taken note of by everybody, not just preschoolers. However, teaching preschoolers about the seasons will give them an appreciation that may last a lifetime, and be passed on to future generations.
When you are trying to teach preschoolers about the seasons, it is essential to find out what they actually know prior to beginning. Ask the preschoolers as a group to brainstorm about the different seasons, and figure out where their level of understanding happens to reside. Once they have finished brainstorming, make a bulletin board for each season. The activities can involve fine and gross motor skills, and should be auditory, visual, and kinesthetic. Incorporating all of the diverse learning styles will help each child to gain a better comprehension of the seasons.
As each season comes and goes during the course of the school year, the preschool children should be exposed to the purposefulness of each season. In the spring time, for example, the preschool children can be taught how to grow plants and food, by actually planting flowers and perhaps tomatoes or something else that will be rewarding. Finding things blossoming and blooming can teach the preschoolers lessons about where we get our food from, and why it is necessary to import during the seasons when we are unable to grow things for ourselves. Spring also boasts such things as Spring Break, Easter, and the May 24 weekend. These enhance the enjoyment of the season.
In the fall, children can be taught about nature and why things change. The leaves fall off of trees for a reason, and the leaves can be then a part of a fun activity. Raking leaves into piles for play can be enjoyable for preschoolers. The weather is preparing the earth for the harsh reality of winter, so it is essential. Fall provides us with a vast array of breathtaking scenery, and it also gives us Hallowe’en and Thanksgiving, for which we are truly thankful.
Winter provides a beautiful and fresh new landscape, and coats the earth with a fresh slate. The snow gives children and adults alike the chance to make snowmen, throw snowballs, and create outdoor hockey rinks. Winter is also home to Christmas and New Years, which are time honoured holiday staples.
Summer offers everybody the chance to get outside for vast stretches of time to bask in the sunlight and rejuvenate our souls. Summer brings the end of the school year, which signals the growth of a student as they prepare for the next year of education. Summer, which tantalizes our skin with warm embraces, allows students to rest and relax, and to thoroughly enjoy some unstructured learning. Summer provides us with plenty of sunshine and warmth, and enough Vitamin D to nourish our systems.
When teaching preschoolers the seasons, it is wise to let them bask in the wonder of whichever season it happens to be. Activities should be planned that allow the students to get out and enjoy the fresh air, and take part in games and play that are typically associated with each passing season.
Preschoolers love the seasons, and teachers should endeavour to encourage them to learn how to enjoy each season as it passes. The changing of the seasons is as perennial as the grass.