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Weather

Weather is described in terms of variable conditions such as temperature, humidity, wind velocity, precipitation, and barometric pressure.

Types of weather include sunny, cloudy, rainy, windy, and snowy, sunshine, rain, cloud cover, winds, hail, snow, sleet, freezing rain, flooding, blizzards, ice storms, thunderstorms, steady rains from a cold front or warm front, excessive heat, heat waves and more.




Seasons


The seasons are traditionally classified into six categories. They are named as Spring, Fall (or autumn), Winter, Summer, Monsoon and prevernal season. Have you ever heard of Monsoon or Prevernal season?


Monsoon: a seasonal prevailing wind in the region of South and Southeast Asia, blowing from the southwest between May and September and bringing rain (the wet monsoon ), or from the northeast between October and April (the dry monsoon ). Here is a photo to illustrate:




Prevernal Season: early flowering or leafing —used of plants that unfold their leaves or flowers before the rest of the plants in their locality. For example, in Wichita, we saw some trees start budding while there was still snow on certain days.


Practical Life activity


Pack your suitcase!


If you don’t have a suitcase and/or clothes for summer/winter available, Don’t worry! Let’s draw it!

Let’s pack a suitcase with one (or more) outfit for a summer vacation!


Now let’s pack a suitcase with one outfit for a winter vacation!


Note for parents: This activity encompasses many activities we have in the classroom, such as folding cloths, folding clothes, folding the laundry. The targeted skills are concentration through a fun and practical activity, hand-eye coordination, vocabulary, and geometry (shapes of different items as well as how one shape can turn into another. Ex.: two rectangles of jeans become one rectangle once you fold them).


Academic Extensions


Letter sounds (listening for different sounds in words):

Play “I spy” – take three to five objects in your home, perhaps related to the seasons (anything: can be a photo, an umbrella, one of your child’s rain boots, etc.), place them on a table. Go over the names of those objects with your child. Now place all objects in front of child and say “I spy with my little eyes, something beginning with the sound “c”…”

All children have been practicing this activity, and are familiar with it as "The Sound Game". If you say "Let's play the sound game", they will know what you mean.

IS IT CRUCIAL that you use the letter sounds and NOT the letter names. PLEASE refer to the resource below for a list of letter sounds as we use in the classroom.



Writing:

If your parents can help to make papers similar to the small paper we have in the classroom (a quarter of a regular A4), can you draw and label different weather?


Ideas for topics for writing:

What do you like to do when it’s sunny? What do you like to do when it’s rainy? Do you splash in the puddles? Do you walk in the wet grass barefoot?

Write it out and illustrate it. For an added challenge, remember to use Capital letters and a period.


If you have a pet, what does your pet like to do in the different weather?


Reading:

My dog very much enjoys the different weather. I have written a few things down for you to read.


Phonetic reading:



Phonogram reading: some phonetic sounding out, some memorization required from the previous lessons

Puzzle word reading: no sounding out, just memorization based on previous lessons with this

Enjoy the weather!



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