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
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
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.