Many people have heard the saying "April Showers bring May flowers." That is because rain can be good. Talk to your child about the rain. Ask your child questions. "What does the rain give us that is so important?" Rain gives us water. "What helps plants to grow?" The rain makes plants grow. Farmers' lives would be more difficult without the rain. Sometimes the rain is not good. Rain can make sidewalks wet and slippery. Then we have to be careful so that we do not fall down and hurt ourselves. Too much rain causes floods. Floods can damage homes and other things.
Would you like to find some good stories about the rain? Then it is an excellent idea to go to the nearest Lee County Library. We have many wonderful books for young children about the rain. I like the following: A Rookie Reader Rain! Rain! by Carol Greene. This book is a simple story in rhyme. Black clouds are seen and heard. Finally a gentle rain falls. The next fun book to read to your preschooler is Who Likes the Rain by Wong Herbert Yee. In this book, a young girl splashes in the rain and plays a guessing game with the reader. The game has the reader guessing who likes cloudbursts. This book explains about April showers. I also like Listen to the Rain by Bill Martin,Jr. He is one of my favorite authors. This book is an excellent example of poetry for young children. The book describes the changing sounds of the rain, the slow soft sprinkle, the drip drop tinkle, and how quiet everything is after the wonderful rain is over.
After reading books to your child, how about playing a finger play. Here is one:
This is the sun, high up in the sky (Hold hands in a circle above head)
A dark cloud suddenly comes sailing by (Slide hands to side)
These are the raindrops (Make raining motion with fingers)
Pitter, patter down
Watering the flowers (Pouring motion)
Growing on the ground (Hands pat the ground)
Enjoy your month. Go plants some seeds of love and watch them grow.