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Sunday, April 1, 2012

W is for Wonderful Weather

maisy's wonderful weather book

  • Read Maisy's Wonderful Weather Book by Lucy Cousins … informative, colorful, interactive Maisy book!
  • Sing “The Weather Song”
    1. Each day this week, look out the window at the weather
    2. Sing this song to the tune of “Oh My Darling Clementine” … click here for the tune.
    3. Then decide what the weather is today!

The Weather Song

What's the weather? What's the weather?
What's the weather today?
Is it windy is it cloudy?
Is there sun or is there rain?

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  • Weather Sticker Chart … my kids love stickers, so I know this will be fun for them each day.
    1. Print out this weather log from Montessori for Everyone.
    2. Each day, look out the window and discuss the weather.
                    
    3. Let the kids choose which weather sticker(s) they think fit best. If they notice that the weather has changed during the day, let them choose another sticker to add to the day!
    4. OTHER OPTIONS:
      • You can also just draw the weather (a sun, a cloud, a raindrop, squiggly lines for wind…)
      • Or print these free weather cards from PreKinders.
        weatherchart
      • Or use a simple weather pocket chart. This Weekly Weather Calendar Chart comes with days of the week cards, 1-31 number cards, 56 weather cards and more.

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  • Raindrop Counting … we get a lot of rain around here, so chances are our weather will be rainy. My kids will love this raindrop counting game inspired by PreKinders!
    1. Use a piece of blue paper as a counting mat.
    2. Have a bowl of clear, flat, floral marbles (they are the raindrops!) The dollar store always has these.
    3. Have the kids listen to thunderclaps (me clapping my hands).
    4. They place that many “raindrops” on the paper.
  • Weather relay
    1. Gather several items (clothing & accessories) for different types of weather and put them at one end of the room. Ideas:
      Rainy
      rain boots
      rain coat
      rain hat
      umbrella
      Sunny
      shorts
      flip flops
      sunglasses
      sun hat
      Snowy
      boots
      winter coat
      winter hat
      scarf
      gloves
    2. Have the kids start at the other end of the room.
    3. You say, “The weather is … rainy!”
    4. The kids take turns running down, choosing one thing they would need for rainy weather (they could even put it on!) … and run back.
    5. Let them explain why they chose what they did, then start again with another type of weather.

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