Spring Trees Teacher Guide To Spring

When you think all about spring, the things that come to your mind are sunshine mixed with rain, perfect picnic days, thawing snow, trips back to the park, and of course the Easter Bunny. When thinking all about spring it is not hard to imagine butterflies and ladybugs, longer days and shorter nights, and the fact that school is almost out for the summer. Spring is one of four seasons in our weather pattern. Spring is the months of March, April and May. There are several holidays in those three months. Many you have probably never even heard of some of them. Some examples are Ash Wednesday, Mother's Day, Good Friday, Palm Sunday St. David's Day, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, St. George's Day, Dawn Chorus Day, and May Day.

The most exciting event for school age children during spring is spring break where most children get a week off of school. This is usually, but not always the week of Easter. Not everyone celebrates Easter, but for those who do, this week means the Easter Bunny is on his way. It means chocolate, jellybeans, and golden eggs with pennies inside.

During the week of Easter there are several holidays. There is Palm Sunday, Good Friday, and finally Easter. Palm Sunday and Good Friday are not as exciting as Easter for kids, but they are important religious holidays for some. The first Easter was celebrated over 2000 years ago. The eggs actually represent the idea of opening new life. The tradition of eggs and egg hunts did start until the early 19th century.

St. Patrick's Day is another popular holiday that occurs during spring. St. Patrick's Day is an Irish holiday but it is celebrated all over the world. Even though it is a holiday there is still school on that day if it falls on a weekday. St. Patrick's Day is a celebration to remember Saint Patrick who was known as the Patron Saint of Ireland.

Spring also brings with it the end of the Mardi Gras season, Fat Tuesday, and then Ash Wednesday. Mardi Gras season is a series of carnivals and is a French tradition. Mardi Gras means Fat Tuesday, which marks the end of Mardi Gras. On Fat Tuesday people eat and drink as much as they can because Ash Wednesday, which is the next day, ushers in the season of Lent in which people fast on a consistent basis. To fast is to not eat for a certain period of time. This goes on until Easter.

Spring marks the end of winter. Spring is exciting because if you live somewhere that there is snow, you see it begin to melt, your trees start to have leaves, flowers start to bloom, and it is the sign of new beginnings. It is also a great time to say thank you to your mother on Mother's Day, which falls in the spring. If you are a bit sad to see the snow go, do not worry, you are on your way to a summer full of swimming and climbing trees, and the snow will be back before you now it.

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