UNION — Spring and the changes it brings was the subject of this year’s Spring Story Time sponsored by Union County First Steps.
As in years past, this year’s Spring Story Time was held at the Community Center at 201 Porter Street. The event, one of three story times sponsored each year by First Steps, drew a group of approximately 40 children to the Community Center Tuesday morning. The program was conducted by First Steps Director Catherine Childers who, in an interview Thursday, discussed the story times her organization holds each year.
“We do one Spring Story Time each year,” Childers said. “We also do a Story Time for the fall and one at Christmas when we do our Story Time with Santa. We invite the community and anyone with children ages birth to 4 may attend.”
Childers said the theme of Tuesday’s Story Time was spring and the changes brought about by the season.
“Since it was Spring Story Time we took the opportunity to talk to the children about spring and the changes that happen in spring,” Childers said. “We read them a story about springtime and planting. We had sing-a-longs and we had a craft time that allowed them to plant a seed for a flower to grow. We wanted them to use their hands, to learn by doing.
“Children learn by play, they learn by doing,” she said. “Since that is such an important part of learning, we want to give them that.”
As with past Story Times, the children taking part in Tuesday’s Story Time were given a book to take home. This year they could choose between “Who’s Hiding?” and “I Love School.” Childers said the younger ones usually chose “Who’s Hiding?” while the older children usually chose “I Love School.”
The book Childers read them about gardening during the program was called “Cecil’s Garden.”
In addition to getting a book to take home with them. Childers said each child was also allowed to take home the cup filled with soil they planted their flower seeds in so they could watch them grow and learn about plants from taking care of them.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090 or firstname.lastname@example.org.