Proverbs 22:6 – Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old, he will not depart from it.
Poor Punxsutawney Phil is not very popular in our home this morning. As it turns out he’s predicted an extended winter and my son is ready for Spring already! Still, he managed to regain his composure and completed this Groundhog Day themed ‘draw and write activity’ with the hope that he can somehow predict the weather better than that famed groundhog in Pennsylvania!
About Groundhog Day:
The annual Groundhog Day ritual that takes place in the Pennsylvanian town of Punxsutawney, is rooted in the ancient divination traditions and folklore of Europe. The term divination refers to foresee (predict) or be inspired by God (related to the divine). The practice was brought over to America when Europeans immigrated. It is a winter to springtime celebration where a groundhog named Punxsutawney Phil is said to be able to predict the weather for the remainder of the winter season (additional six weeks) merely by the act of either seeing or not seeing his own shadow. This tradition bears similarities to Imbolc, a Celtic celebration that also has to do with the prognostication of weather. Both holidays are celebrated on February 2.
The worksheet used came from our Scholastic Books 50 Month-by-Month Draw & Write Prompts workbook. It’s a great tool which helps kids practice art and writing skills, while also developing theme association with month-specific holidays and special dates.