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“When Spring Comes” Literacy Integration Lesson Plan

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The story, When Spring Comes by Kevin Hikes, illustrated by Laura Dronzek, is my daughter’s favorite book year round. It's the perfect story to explore the transition from Winter to Spring. When reading this story to children, they become overjoyed to see the nature and animals related to the springtime. They love to pretend and act out the meaning of the story.

Make reading fun with yoga!

Use this lesson plan while reading When Spring Comes. This is the perfect way to integrate physical activity and mindfulness into storytime. Each page can be brought to life with our yoga sequence and our beautifully-illustrated yoga cards teach children how to do each yoga pose.

When Spring Comes is filled with imagery, alliteration, and repetition. Through this book, we can teach children these valuable literary devices through facilitated discussions, group activities and extension exercises included in this lesson plan. Also included are coloring pages, crafts, breathing exercises, mindfulness activities and more!

When Spring Comes Lesson Plan is designed for kids ages 4-10 and includes:

  • List of yoga poses, props and key themes that relate to the story

  • Yoga script to use along with When Spring Comes

  • Breathing exercises, mindfulness activities and creative crafts for kids

  • Yoga cards and list of yoga games to play

  • Worksheets and coloring pages that relate to When Spring Comes


When Spring Comes Literacy Integration is a 24-page PDF download that you can view on your phone, tablet, computer or print to paper.

About our Literacy Integrations

We love to connect literacy and movement. By combining storytime and yoga, children can develop reading skills while gaining the physical and social-emotional benefits of yoga and mindfulness. With a book and yoga mat, children can experience a new and fun way to learn while moving.

Our lesson plans include yoga sequences that can be infused while you are reading the story out loud. Also included are extension activities, such as coloring pages, breathing exercises, mindfulness activities, and crafts to get creative. We hope that our Literacy Integrations inspire your little ones to love reading and moving!