First the Photo: Can you locate all of the areas on a globe that get snow? How many of those areas are located north of the equator and how many are south? Did it surprise you to learn the differences in the seasons for each hemisphere?
Second the Question: Spend some time brainstorming all of the things that make you think of winter. Make sure to include aspects from all of your senses: sight, sound, touch, taste and the way it makes you feel. When you think of winter do you think of a time of harshness? Do you tend to spend time inside or outside during this season? What sorts of things do you do during the wintertime?
Third Next Steps: What is your favorite season? Ask the members of your family what their favorite season is. Spend some time thinking about each season of the year. Make lists of the things you associate with each season. What activities do you do during each season of the year? If we think of spring as a season of new beginnings, summer as a season of growth, autumn as a season of gathering in and winter as a season of hardship. Do you see how this reflects the stages of your life? Are there similar seasons throughout your life? Does it make you feel better to see that our lives are ever-changing? They flow through seasons as well. Nothing will stay the same forever. A wonderful way to begin a conversation about the Seasons of Change is to share the sixth book in our Explore Galore Series as a family. To order one of your own..follow this http://exploregalorekids.com/merchandise/explore-books/. Or visit the Make it Your Own section of our website.
First The Photo: Name each of the seasons you see in the picture. Can you list the seasons you experience where you live? What months do those seasons include?
Second The Questions: Which season is your favorite? What do you enjoy about that season? How does the outside world prepare for each season? What do animals do? What do trees and flowers do during each season? What is the weather like in your area during each season? For many people these seasonal changes outdoors affects how they interact with the world. Do you have activities that you do only in a particular season?
Third Next Steps: What feelings, sights, sounds and smells do you associate with each season? Write the words: Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter across the top of a page. Under each heading list all of the things you think of for each season. Draw a picture for each season. Try to include a few of the items you listed and share those pictures with others. See if they can guess what season you are trying to portray simply by your hints in the drawing. Our daily lives revolve around subtle changes outside. We sometimes don’t even notice the pull of the days but they shape our interaction with the world. How we live, what we feel and what we do. Think of it as a dance where the weather leads and we modify our steps to each of the tunes it sings to us. Go outside today and listen to the seasons around you..Dance to the music of today.
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First The Photo: The location of this photo could be almost anywhere that has 4 seasons to enjoy. So instead of locating it on a map, can you determine what type of tree this leaf came from?
Second The Questions: Autumn is a time for changes: changing leaves, changing temperatures, changing coats on animals (and people too) and changing amounts of light each day. Many people enjoy the changes and embrace the beauty of fall. As you contemplate the changes outside, think of yourself, if you could change one thing about yourself what would it be? Would you change your eye color, your shoe size, where you live or the length of your hair? Would you live somewhere without seasons or do you like the changing world around you?
Third Next Steps: Go for a scavenger hunt outside and try to find as many different shapes of leaves as possible. Collect on of each leaf and bring them home to make texture rubbings. To do this all you needs is: paper, chalk or crayons(these work best if you take the paper label off them so you can lay them horizontally while you rub them, and finally you need leaves. Lay the leaf on the table first, try to make it lay flat. Place the paper loosely over the top and then using the chalk or color crayon begin to gently color over the leaf. Soon you will begin to see the shape of the leaf and then you will notice the texture of the leaf as well. Texture rubbings are fun to do and can be done with all sorts of items from the natural world like shells, evergreen needles, flower pedals etc. Explore the many textures of fall!
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