About Susan Call Hutchison

Susan Call Hutchison is the author of the Read-Aloud, Read-Along series of books for learning readers and the Mrs. Middlejoy holiday adventures. Her life-long joy has been to share her love of music, reading and learning with families and students of all ages. Now "retired," she is enjoying publishing her work and blogging from her home in Idaho.

On the First, Warm, Sunny Day…

Daffodils three


On the first warm, sunny day
What did I see?
Three tiny daffodils
Too shy to look at me.

In all the muddy, melting yard
I saw only three
Tiny yellow daffodils.
But they did not see me.

They huddled all together
Underneath a tall tree.
Three golden, bowing heads
Too shy to look at me.


From Year-Round Read-Aloud, Read-Along Rhymes: Celebrating Holidays and Seasons  


Fun Family Activities for Spring


Indoor Herb Garden

The daffodils in our yard waited until one day after Easter to bloom this year. 

We live in an area of the United States that stays cold fairly late into the spring.  We won't be planting anything outdoors until the threat of frost is gone.

But we have been growing herbs in our kitchen window. 

We found a kit by Buzzy, that made it fun and easy.   And now we are enjoying watching the green plants turn toward the sunlight as they grow.  

Bird Watching:  Feed them, and they will come!

Even in the cold, a fun outdoor project is feeing birds.   I'm experimenting with making smaller versions of this birdseed wreathbirdseed-wreath_thumb I found on Infarrantlycreative.  

There's nothing like the joyful riot when the birds find your feeder.  

If your family can't have house pets, for some reason, this is a good way to invite animals into your life.  The birds will find the food you leave for them, and return day after day.  




Keep a Bird Log and Contribute to Science

We are learning a lot about the different kinds of birds that come to our yard.  It's quite a research project to identify each kind of bird.

Your bird log can be as simple or fancy as you like.  Just be sure to record each bird you identify and the time and date you see it.

There are some great on-line resources to help you get started.  The picture of the bird log comes from a post of Go Explore Nature that was written the week of The Great Backyard Bird Count.  By next February, your family will be experts at identifying the birds in your own back yard, and you can help scientists by recording your observations on line all year!

Let Me Hear From You

What do the first, warm sunny days of springtime make you feel like doing?  Share your ideas for fun family projects!





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April Fool’s Day Joke: A Children’s Poem

A children's poem for April Fools Day, obviously not written for Spring Break!

April Fool

Don’t tell Daddy, but we’re going to play a trick

We’ll tell him that the bus won’t come because the driver’s sick.

And when he tells us, “Now I’LL have to drive you all to school,”

We’ll shout, “The bus is coming!  It was only April Fool!”

School Bus illustration for Children's poem about April Fool's Day

No surprise, this April Fool's Day poem is from Year-Round Read-Aloud, Read-Along Rhymes: Celebrating Holidays and Seasons.

FREE Read-Aloud Book! No Fooling:

For the rest of today, 1 April, Year-Round Read-Aloud, Read-Along Rhymes: Celebrating Holidays and Seasons is FREE in the Amazon Kindle Store.  My holiday gift to you.  It's filled with poems your family can enjoy all year long.  So please, download it and enjoy!


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