I had some huge plans for this post when I decided to join in the Blog Hop at TOS, but life got in the way. We were really going to dig in and explore what takes place in Winter within the world around us. With this said, I thought instead I will share some of the things we have done in the past to try to explain to Selena all the changes taking place around us this time of year.
I am sure like many of you we have fielded over 100 questions about Winter. With each question I have attempted to have fun while answering them. I think one of the most interesting recent questions I got from Selena was, “Why do we really have to have Winter? Why can’t it be Summer all the time?” This question was a pretty deep one needing a pretty deep answer, as we stared out the window at the snow that laid before us we talked a lot about how important sleep is for us, so why wouldn’t animals, and plants need sleep as well. Selena quickly remembered her little friend Nibbles who hibernates in the Winter.
From this we were easily able to move forward to why other animals and insects who need to sleep in the Winter. We then started discussing plants, and we remembered when we dissected a rhododendron.
Selena quickly came to the conclusion that plants need to sleep so they are rested up for all the work ahead of them come Spring, of growing buds, producing seeds, all in preparation of being beautiful and bountiful.
Some of the other fun things we have done concerning Winter have been to make clouds, rain and fog. We have done this a few times now, it is one of our favorite experiments, but here is our first time discovering.
Then of course there is no better way to explain to our children about Winter then to take them out and just let them have fun.
While we might look at Winter as being cold, gray, wet, icy, just what do our Children see? Let's see if we can't see Winter through their eyes, as well as take this time to answer some of their questions about why we have to go through Winter. I hope through our examples of how we have learned about Winter have given you a little inspiration to just dig in, get out there and have fun. Oh and please remember it is always fun to bring a little bit of the Winter indoors too, just to dig a little deeper or to see the results of melting snowmen on the dining room table.
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