Written by Simple Kids editor Kara Fleck
At this time of year, the weather seems to change almost daily. This fluctuation makes weather watching especially fun. Every day there is something new to discover!
Observing the Weather
As long as the conditions are safe to be outside, the kids and I try to be outdoors at least once a day. Sun, rain, or snow, our main method of weather observation is getting out there and experiencing it!
While we’re outside, I encourage the kids to think about what we are experiencing with our senses. We make a note of the temperature and I like to give them some gentle prompting to make observations on their own. This year my third grader is learning to read a barometer as well.
Some Thoughtful Questions to Ask:
- What does it LOOK like outside?
- What does the air FEEL like on your skin?
- What do we HEAR?
- What does it SMELL like outside?
- What should we WEAR on a day like today?
Keeping Track of Your Observations
There are many different options for a homeschooling family wanting to record their weather observations. Today I’m sharing with you two fun methods that our family has used.
A Weather Tree
Last year, our family made a weather tree. (You’ll notice my toddler helped fill in the weather tree as well.)
I have noticed a few variations of this, but here is what we did:
- First, we photocopied a picture of a tree from the book All Year ‘Round (you could draw your own tree, too)
- We assigned a color code for different types of weather.
- Each day we would observe the weather and then color in the date’s leaf with the appropriate colored pencil.
A Weather Spinner
This year, prompted by our Oak Meadow 3rd grade syllabus, we made a weather spinner.
- I drew a large circle on a piece of paper.
- Jillian colored a picture with weather that was sunny, snowy, rainy, and windy.
- Then we made an arrow and cut out both the arrow and the circle.
- We attached the arrow to the center of the picture with a brad.
- We glued them to a piece of cardboard, being careful to place glue only around the edge of the circle so that our arrow was free to spin around the chart.
Our finished weather chart hangs on our bulletin board, waiting for us to move the arrow to the corresponding weather each day.
- Weather song and Printable Chart (scroll down the page) ::: 1+1+1=1
- Weather Words Lapbook ::: Homeschool Share
- Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs unit study ::: Homeschool Share
- Printable Weather Journaling Page (scroll down) ::: Donna Young
- Weather Song ::: Rockin’ Granola
As my kids get older, I know that our weather studies will grow more complex. For now, though, we are all enjoying these simple weather study charts and our daily time outdoors – rain or shine!
How do you incorporate weather study in your homeschool? Do you have a favorite method for charting your observations?