Seasons Go ‘Round (Picture Book Preschool)

Leaves are falling from the trees outside my window as I type.  We have been watching summer turn to fall, and now fall will be winter soon.  It seems like a good time to talk about seasons with my little one.

It’s a great opportunity to share one of my favorite picture books: Red Sings From the Treetops by Joyce Sidman.  It was one of the first books I reviewed on this blog. I said,

“I loved the way this book pulled me into the details.  It reminded me to notice the things that I am often too busy to see.  It was a lovely invitation to see each season as something new to explore.  I can’t recommend it enough.”

We read it along with the sorting activity you see in the photograph and talked about the things we like to do in each season.  We focused on fall since that’s what we can see now.  Sidman’s fall gives way to spring like this,

“In FALL,

Green is tired,

dusty,

crisp around the edges.

Green sighs with relief:

I’ve ruled for so long.

Time for Brown to take over.”

Perhaps more important, to me, than exploring seasons is the opportunity to introduce my daughter to poetry and wonder.  The book Playful Learning is a great resource for parents who want simple activities and crafts to explore the wonder around them–including an activity that has kids observing a tree throughout the seasons.

There are, of course, many many good books about the seasons for kids, and I have a few of my favorites listed here.

Since it’s a favorite of Ladybug’s, I’m also including a video of Caillou’s seasons song.  Enjoy!

See my Parents & Educators page for more Picture Book Preschool posts.
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Exploring maps with Miles to Go (Picture Book Preschool)

Miles To Go by Jamie Harper is a cute picture book about a little boy pretending to drive his toy car to school, but the best part, according to my little one, was the end pages which showed Miles’ path to and from school.  She liked to trace the path and talk about the sights illustrated along the way.  We decided to make our own map, so we took photographs of our three block walk to the grocery store for our map.  It was a fun way to introduce simple maps to my three-year-old.

Here are a few more map activities you might want to try along with Miles to Go with your preschooler:

Check out these blog reviews of Miles to Go:
You may also be interested in my previous Picture Book Preschool post.
Disclosure: Miles to Go reviewed from library copy.  Amazon links are affiliate links.