Discovering The Wonders of Spring With Children

This tree on the playground is beside the climbing structure.
It is gorgeous.
Today we stopped climbing to look.
Really look.
It was windy, so petals we’re flying everywhere.
And children paid attention.
They soaked up the wind and flying petals and beauty
in the way adults always hope children will do.

“Wherever you are – look up, down, and around your own environment.  
Then share your discoveries with others and get them excited, too.” 
-Steve the Crossing Guard-


About Jennie

I have been teaching preschool for over thirty-five years. This is my passion. I believe that children have a voice, and that is the catalyst to enhance or even change the learning experience. Emergent curriculum opens young minds. It's the little things that happen in the classroom that are most important and exciting. That's what I write about. I was a live guest on the Kelly Clarkson Show. I am highlighted in the seventh edition of Jim Trelease's million-copy bestselling book, "The Read-Aloud Handbook" because of my reading to children. My class has designed quilts that hang as permanent displays at the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, the Fisher House at the Boston VA Hospital, and the Massachusetts State House in Boston.
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62 Responses to Discovering The Wonders of Spring With Children

  1. beetleypete says:

    You and Steve have got it right, Jennie. We all need to ‘look up’ more often. 🙂
    Too many people walk around looking at the ground, or staring into screens.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  2. Dan Antion says:

    A wonderful simple lesson that will benefit us all. Thanks Jennie & Steve.

  3. srbottch says:

    Thank you, Jennie. Yes, it’s such an easy thing to do, share the beauty that surrounds us with others, especially children. I think it’s important to learn how to appreciate these simple things, at an early age. When I look at our hydrangea plants in Summer, I’m just amazed how something can be so beautiful. Now, in Spring, watching the smallest birds gathering a ‘bundle’ of grass or twigs for a nest brings so much satisfaction. In the early morning light, the sky was clear and the moon was gorgeous, as she and I looked at each other. It was the most peaceful way to start the day. I bet your students would love the poem by Joyce Kilmer, ‘Trees’. Like your post, it was short but so very poignant. Have a wonderful day, Jennie.

    • Jennie says:

      Your story is a perfect example of looking at the beauty. Same hydrangea, yet different in each season. Children can understand and appreciate this, especially with the trees on the playground. I will find that poem! Thank you, Steve.

      • srbottch says:

        Thank you, Jennie. The author, Joyce Kilmer, was a man, a very brave man. While volunteering for a dangerous mission on a French battlefield during WWI, he was killed by a sniper’s bullet. The poem, ‘Trees’, was my mother’s favorite. I sent it to you.

  4. ksbeth says:

    Such a beautiful lesson- the best kind

  5. Norah says:

    Love the photo, love that you encouraged the children to pause and experience, love the quote from Steve the Crossing Guard.

  6. Ritu says:

    Beautiful ❤️

  7. Maggie says:

    Lovely. Visitors here are often dismayed when they realize we often have poor cell signal here. Then they relax and go for a walk and just enjoy their life a little bit.

  8. Darlene says:

    I love the idea of looking up. When I travel to interesting places, and they all are, I always make sure I look up. It is amazing what you see. Painted ceilings, gargoyles, towers, people looking down, birds, clouds and so much more. I so agree with you and Steve.

    • Jennie says:

      You are so right about all you can see by looking up. Yes, think of the gargoyles and magnificent painted ceilings people have missed. I think I really started to look up when we moved into our current house, as our backyard has ‘the big sky’. Every evening we marveled at the simplest and most beautiful things. Thank you, Darlene!

  9. The little fawn has been discovering it’s world here. Jumping and running in delight of the discoveries. Your post sounds simular. Thanks for sharing.

  10. Opher says:

    Simply simple but great.

  11. AJ says:

    My students have been drawing a tree in each season. It’s been cool to see them pick when we should draw it:)

  12. Love this – Spring is the most wonderful season

  13. This is good practice for the days ahead when they won’t raise their head from their SmartPhones to look at the world around them. Maybe some of them will remember their Kindergarten days and take the time to notice.

  14. abbiosbiston says:

    I did some Spring celebrations with my little boy over the weekend. We went to our local nature reserve for some pond dipping. He loved the tadpoles and newts and the woodland creatures treasure hunt.

  15. Karen DeMers Dowdall says:

    Having the children look at nature with petals and leaves flying in the wind…is so wonderful for children and adults to never forget how to experience nature’s beauty with joy. I love Steve the Crossing Guards response = perfect! Another awe inspiring post from you, Jennie. Awesome!

    • Jennie says:

      Thank you, Karen. I wish you could have been there to see the petals flying everywhere and children ‘in the moment’. Joy indeed! Steve’s quote was perfect! 🙂

  16. A wonderful lesson in mindfulness ❤

  17. Teaching responsibility for nature can only be useful done in nature. Wonderful work, Jennie. Best wishes, Michael

  18. Steve is so awesome and so are you Jennie! You both are so nurturing with childen. Have a wonderful week!

  19. Luanne says:

    Almost everything you share about children applies to adults as well. That is pretty amazing.

  20. This is lovely. I like to go outside and look at the cloud shapes forming – a similar sort of thing. Happy Friday.

  21. Sarah says:

    Love Steve’s quote! The beauty and wonders of nature need to be shared! 😄

  22. Fabulous Jennie.. I love to be outside.. there is so much going on, especially at the moment with the birds in nesting mode… xxx

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