It's awesome to watch the flowers and trees begin to bloom as the seasons' change. The scene outside changes from grey-brown colors to bright-green-rainbowy awesomeness.
Blaine and I have always appreciated the change of seasons. It's nice to have something different to look at. But to be honest we didn't really care why or how that happened.
That all changed one summer. The same summer we met Mr. Hawk Talons.
We won't spoil the whole adventure for you, but we did want to bring Mr. Talons here today to share a bit about the seasons with you all!
After he shares, we've got a super easy/fun booklet for you guys to try out, so be sure to stick around!
Let's get rolling...
As Blaine and Tracey know, I believe that knowing the science around us is key to our survival. As a survival expert, I have survived the extremes of the seasons all over the globe.
But what exactly is a season?
The dictionary defines a season as:
Each of the four divisions of the year (spring, summer, autumn, and winter) marked by particular weather patterns and daylight hours, resulting from the earth’s changing position with regard to the sun.
In short, a season is a collection of days with a typical weather pattern.
Seasons are a result of the changing position of the earth as it rotates around the sun. On earth, we have four seasons – spring, summer, autumn (or fall), and winter.
Typically, winter has shorter days of winter that can be filled with cold and snow. Around spring it warms and the flowers begin to bloom. During summer the days are longer and hotter. And finally, fall is marked by a drop in the temperature and a change in the leaves.
This all happens because the earth gets closer or farther away from the sun.
We mark beginning of a season with either an equinox or a solstice.
Equinox means “equal night” and it marks the point at which the time during the day equals the time during the night. Our year has two equinoxes, which serves to mark the beginning of spring and the start of fall.
Solstices occur when the sun is at its greatest distance from the earth. They mark the shortest day, which officially begins winter, and longest day of the year, which officially starts summer.
I trust that you all have a better understanding of seasons now. I'll close with what I always say when I share science with others:
Know the science of the earth. Know the science of survival.
Isn't Hawk great? He knows so much about the science of the earth and we learned a ton from our time in Patagonia with him.
Anywho, as promised here's a fun little booklet you can make with your kiddos about the seasons:
Don't want to write all that out? Here's a free printable for you to use!
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