Springtime offers a wonderful teaching opportunity for children of all ages. I really enjoy learning with my kids too. The grass turns green, flowers begin to bloom and the air is filled with life. Chirping birds, butterflies and even worms in the soil are busy preparing for an abundant summer. I love teaching my children about life in Spring and take the opportunity to create well structured activities. How do I structure an activity? Learning takes place in many forms. I like to use a Four Tiered approach to lessons. Using multiple learning tools helps ensure that the learning sticks and is well understood. Here is a Four tiered Spring Learning Activity that children and adults can enjoy! (contains affiliate links).
When creating a three tiered activity, I like to select some tools. First, we like to start off by reading a book about the topic. One of the wonderful things about books, is that you can read them anytime. When the April showers have subsided, we take our lessons to the outdoors. I chose Caterpiliars and Butterflies and Big Book of Big Bugs. Caterpillars and Butterflies is a detailed account of how a butterfly turns from an egg, into a caterpilar and then into a beautiful butterfly. It’s a smaller and faster read then the Big Book of Big Bugs, which is bigger and has a harder cover.
ather through painting, pretending to be insects, drawing or simply storytelling, expressing their learning is extremely valuable. It helps process the material, and tells me what parts of the activity worked best and what I may need to change up. We break out the crayons, paints and use anything at our disposal to pretend play. We laugh, have a great time and process what we learned.
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