Where we live, there is a slightly varying season, if that. And that slight variation in season is WARM, HOT, and HOTTER. Enjoy your seasons, my friends. Teach about them in your homeschool so children are aware of how and why they change. Learning about all four seasons can be fun, even if you live in a place with fewer seasons than most.
Seasons exemplify the passing of time and teach children all about change. Learning to be OK with change is difficult for many of us. OK, yes, me – I have issues with change.
Our everyday lessons in our homeschools can truly help kids learn so much more than a subject. Teaching math can help kids keep their finances together. Teaching science can encourage critical thinking. And teaching seasons can help kids cope with change.
Kids need to know that seasons affect life and the environment all around us. Seasons were so important to God, that He saw fit to talk about them throughout the scriptures.
God used the seasons to explain and depict several things about who He is.
CREATION: In Genesis 1, we learn that “God said, “Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night, and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years…”
SOVEREIGNTY: In Genesis 8:22, Scripture tell us that the earth in seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.
WILL: Daniel 2:21 tells us that God himself changed the times and the seasons: He removes kings, and sets up kings: He gives wisdom to the wise, and knowledge to them that know to understand…
POWER: In Acts 1:7 says, “And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his power.”
God has given us time and seasons as part of His perfect plan. As your children learn about the seasons, they can also learn about His truth, His Creation, His sovereignty, His will, and His undeniable power to control it all.
Teaching these things alongside your lessons or using them as memory verses for your little ones will benefit them. Remember that though seasons change, He never will.
Here are ideas on how to learn about all four seasons – yes, even if you don’t experience them.
Use lots of images/pictures that show the seasons.
Making connections in learning is super important. Show images of a kite flying in the spring, kids skiing in winter, beach fun in the summer, and the beautiful colors of the trees in the fall.
Play games to help kids learn all about seasons.
There are hundreds of resources for teaching seasons out there that help your kids learn all about the seasons in your homeschool.
Kids enjoy learning by playing games. This FREE printable 4 Seasons Matching Game Worksheet from Supply Me is a fun matching game for your kids to play and learn about the seasons.
Practice by exploring what to wear in different seasons.
Use activities and crafts to help kids learn about the seasons.
This 15 of the Cutest Four Seasons Crafts and Activities for Kids article provides hands-on activities to learn the concepts of the different seasons like winter is cold, summer is hot, and more. I also have to share this Seasons Activity Freebie and Four Seasons Wheel Activity.
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Remind your kids also that time and seasons are in God’s hands. Develop their trust in Him when explaining the seasons, and tell of how He has made them as part of His design. Time is promised to no one, and the days that have been allotted to us on this earth are only borrowed time.
Be an example to your kids to cherish every moment. If you feel your kids bogged down or struggling in your homeschool, it is okay to take a break, get out of the house and take some time to enjoy your kids. Seasons come and seasons go, but the Word of the Lord will live forever. Stop for a moment to enjoy what He has given you.
The Bible says in Ephesians 5 that we need to redeem these times because the days are evil. Show your kids what that looks like for a Christian. The Lord will come back soon, and we will give an account for what we have done in His name. Teach your kids that the seasons can remind us of how mighty our God is and to enjoy the times we have, not everyone is given the luxury of time.
Jeannette is a wife, mother and homeschooling mom. She has been mightily, saved by grace and is grateful for God’s sovereignty throughout her life’s journey. She has a Bachelor in English Education and her MBA. Jeannette is bi-lingual and currently lives in the Tongan Islands of the South Pacific. She posts daily freebies for homeschoolers!