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What happens when it rains cats and dogs? You have to be careful not to step on a poodle.

Valentina came home from school the other day and announced with excitement that tomorrow was her turn as "Weather Monitor".
I thought to myself, how am i going to teach her how to be Al Roker in the next 2 hours before her bed time? To my surprise, she pulls out her "weather calendar" and Voila!! To my delight my 5 year old had already become a weather forecaster!!

Vivi and Willa in the rain

Teaching our kids about the Weather at a young age is a wonderful way to introduce them to Science. It's fun for them because they get to experience and be part of it themselves. Whether it's by being the class weather monitor for the day or by simply looking out the window and asking why the sky looks cloudy. It allows for a natural connection between real world, current observations and scientific processes which are critical to STEM.

It can also be an excellent way of engaging all student types as this is a topic that they can talk about everyday. The conversations can lead to other types of conversations such as what's your favorite season? Or what do you like to do on a rainy day? What a great way for kids to have a connection not only amongst themselves but with nature as well!!!

How weather affected our family:

We bought a jumbo classroom thermometer , it was so impressive that Vivi's teacher stole it from us to use in her classroom with her Kindergarteners. They used it inside and outside the classroom to figure out what the daily temperature was. The kids were fascinated and they started becoming weather experts. Our family found multiple uses for it as well. It helped us monitor the temperature in our fish tank! The uses are endless.

Other ways to engage kids to look at the weather is by checking the temperature on our computer and phones and then discussing weather appropriate activities and clothing to wear that day.

Image of Vivi and Willa under Umbrella

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