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Yes, it is still snowy and freezing cold here in Minnesota. However, Spring is only a little over a month away, and we are getting very excited for it! One of the things we are doing here in our home is reading books about Spring. Thanks to one of my favorite book publishers, Dawn Publications, I am able to teach my children lots of great concepts through some of their newest Spring books.
Pitter and Patter by
Martha Sullivan and illustrated by Cathy Morrison is a fun, adventurous book that will help you teach your children about the water cycle. Tumble from the sky, careen
off a leaf, plunge into a stream as you
travel through a watershed. Then take
a ride with Patter—even through an underground cave. Oh, the
places you'll go and the creatures you'll see. A water drop is a
wonderfully adventurous thing to be! Following the main story
is a large, attractive schematic showing both the parts of the
water cycle and how each drop took different paths through the
The “Explore More” section for teachers and parents
offers a very clear presentation of states of matter (“Same but
Different”), the water cycle (“Around and Around”), the watershed (“Going Down!”), and
water’s role in habitats and humans (“Around and Through”). For each of these concepts,
which may be challenging for children to visualize, there is one or more suggested activity to
help make the concepts less abstract.
Noisy Bird Sing-Along by
John Himmelman showcases how every kind of bird has their
very own kind of sound - cheerful sounds, mournful
sounds, sweet sounds, weird
sounds. You can tell who they are without even opening
your eyes. And what fun to sing along! John Himmelman
knows those sounds well and loves to share his enthusiasm
for birds. He explains how to call birds by “pishing,” gives
tips on how to attract birds by feeding them, how to make
your list of birds, and more.
My kids got the biggest kick out of this book! They were imitating bird calls all day long! Plus, it is very fun to try to identify birds that we see out at our neighbor’s bird-feeder. We are looking forward to identifying more as they come back from down south.
Over on a Mountain: Somewhere in the World
by Marianne Berkes and illustrated by Jill Dubin is a fun counting book.
Discover twenty cool
animals, ten great mountain
ranges, and seven continents all
in one story! And do it in the
age-old style of children the world over — by clapping,
counting, singing, and acting like . . . well, animals! What
fun! Following the main story, this book is chock full of
resources for parents and teachers, including facts about
each of the animals featured (including the hidden
animals) and about mountains. A simple world map
makes it easy for children to locate the continents and the mountain ranges where the
animals live. A “Tips from the Author” page has suggested activities and a “Tips from the
Illustrator” page offers an interesting perspective from the artist, who created the illustrations
using cut paper.
For all three of these books, additional free downloadable activities can be found at www.dawnpub.com.
When your kids are getting stir-crazy, having to stay indoor through this long winter, why not use these awesome books to bring some fresh and fun activities into your day? You will all have fun and learn a lot!