I am ready for spring. It’s happening here in fits and starts; I would appreciate a solid week of 60 or 70 degree weather SO MUCH.
To encourage spring to stay a while, I’ve started performing my bug/flower storytime. I will post that storytime in its entirety next week, but in the meantime, here’s the flannel. I can’t remember where I found the rhyme, but if I discover it again, I will post the source!:
We start by counting the flowers as I put them on the board, and then I ask about the colors. For the two-colored flowers, I ask about the color on the outside, and the color on the inside (yay for vocabulary building!). I ask the kids to show me 5 fingers, and we begin.
5 spring flowers, all in a row. [hold up 5 fingers]
The first one says [hold up 1 finger] “we need rain to grow” [use fingers to show rain]
The second one says [hold up 2 fingers] “oh yes, we need water” [nod head yes]
The third one says [hold up 3 fingers] “it’s getting hotter!” [fan face with hand]
The fourth one says [hold up 4 fingers] “I see clouds in the sky!” [point up]
The fifth one says [hold up 5 fingers] “I wonder why!” [shrug shoulders and hold up hands questioningly]
Then…BOOM! went the thunder [add cloud to board] and CRASH! went the lightning [add lightning bolt]
That springtime storm was very frightening [hug self as if scared]
But the flowers weren’t worried, oh no, no, no! [shake head]
Because the rain helped them to grow, grow, grow! [raise arms as if growing]
The preschoolers always figure out the “grow” part without me having to tell them. We do the whole thing twice, and they help even more the second time.