Change in weather
         Do your children notice the change in weather? You have several times
during the year to point this out to them to give them an understanding of the
change in seasons.

         There are several observations that you can help your children make
during this time of year: the decrease or increase in the amount of light per day,
the cooler or warmer temperatures, the increasing or decreasing amount of
rainfall, and the sprouting or falling of leaves.

         The week before the change to Daylight Savings Time or Standard Time is
a good time to make the relationship between when it is getting light and when
it is getting dark. Why do we change the clocks in October and April? This
makes a discussion of interest for children.

         The number of days of sunshine may diminish as well. Make your own
graph of the weather. In my classroom, we keep track of four types of weather:
full sun, partial sun, full clouds, and rain. In some parts of the day, weather can
change several times a day. If that is what it is like where you live, pick one time
of day and chart the weather for that time. A convenient and constant time
could be the time that everyone leaves the house to go to school.

         At the end of the month, start a new chart for the next month. After you
collect several months of these graphs, you can ask the children to make
conclusions about the information that they have gathered: which month has
the most sunny days? the most rainy days? How many days are there if you add
the partially sunny and rainy days together?

         Looking in the newspaper can give information about other parts of the
country or the world. The Sunday paper has weather charts with this information.
Pick cities in which your children are interested and keep track of the differences
between our area and that city. Perhaps it is where the kidsí grandparents live,
where they were born, or where you were born, where the family has visited, or
where your children fantasize visiting someday.

         In addition to learning the fundamentals of science, your children can
draw conclusions about the world around them.

         This column has been incorporated and expanded in Teach Your Children
Well: A Teacherís  Advice for Parents.

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