Explaining seasons is often a difficult thing to do with preschoolers. Adults sometimes teach misconception that the seasons on the Earth are caused by varying distances of the Earth from the Sun. It is important to note that when it is Summer in the Northern hemisphere it is Winter in the Southern. Our seasons can be more correctly determined by the earth’s equinox and Solstice. This is easier to study with young students if you simply point out the changes that happen around them during each change. Weather helpers, charts and local traditions often help point the way.
Although Autumn started at the end of September this year in the Northern hemisphere, it is easier to SEE the season now. Harvest time has ended and the produce is all around us. Most of us are wearing long sleeves and coats. I start by changing the sticky board to go with the fingerplay Five Little Pumpkins:
Five little pumpkins sitting by the gate
The first one said, “Oh my it’s getting late.”
The second one said, “There are leaves in the air.”
The third one said. “We don’t care.”
The fourth one said, “Let’s run, run, run!”
The fifth one said, “This is so much fun!”
Then ooo went the wind and out went the light
And five little pumpkins rolled out of sight.
The students can later build their own fences and arrange the leaves and pumpkins as a center activity.