Even though the first day of Spring is March 20th, April is a beautiful month to celebrate the emergence of Spring and welcoming warmer weather!
Unfortunately, we find ourselves in another Spring where we cannot visit or hug our friends or extended family. We at Network Child Care Services try our best to see the bright side and have a positive outlook, especially during these difficult times!
As warmer weather approaches, we like to spend more time and do more activities outside. Even if you cannot visit with friends or family, there is plenty to do outside with your family, or on your own.
In the video below, Samiah teaches us her favourite activity to do during COVID-19, planting her own garden! In her own words, she says planting a garden is fun, helps you stay active and you get to harvest healthy, homegrown vegetables after a couple of months. Click on the video below to learn more!
If gardening doesn’t interest you, or you don’t have access to gardening space, there is still plenty to explore and learn about our outdoor environment. Check out the video below that talks about the Science of Spring.
In this video, you can learn about a few things that really come out during the Spring time, such as birds, the water cycle, seeds, and bugs:
April is also special this year because it coincides with a celebration called Ramadan. Ramadan is the holy month of fasting for Muslims that lasts for 30 days. This year it begins on April 12 and ends on May 11.
During Ramadan, Muslims practice fasting. The practice of fasting means that Muslims cannot eat or drink anything including water while the sun is shining. Fasting also includes self discipline, self regulation, prayer, and reflection during the whole month of Ramadan. During the times outside of fasting, families wake up early before the sun rises and eat a meal called sohour. After the sun sets, the fast is broken with a meal called iftar. Meals outside of fasting can include any type of food. Children under the age of 12 and those who are ill do not practice fasting.
How can we greet our friends who celebrate Ramadan? We can say “Ramadan Mubarak.” This Arabic phrase means “blessed Ramadan.” We can also say another Arabic greeting that is “Ramadan Kareem.” This translates to “generous Ramadan.”
We wish all individuals and families in our community who celebrate Ramadan Mubarak and Ramadan Kareem.
Spring time crafts for you and your family to enjoy: