There’s a spruce-covered ridge by our farm, and for much of winter, the sun doesn’t clamber high enough to crest it.
Then come February, and one morning, suddenly, there it is. As a family it always surprises us, and delights us to witness its return, the warm herald of early spring.
Where does the sun rise in relation to your home? Does your child know? Do you?
A child’s familiarity with the sun’s cycles orients her to the rhythms of the natural world. The sweep of a day, or the turn of the year, all foretold by where the sun appears, or descends, on the horizon.
A practiced awareness of the sun’s movements also develops your child’s spatial perceptions, and with time also her sense of affection and appreciation for the blessing of each day.