Ever since I was a little kid I wanted to float on top of a cloud. It would be so calm and peacful and soft. Of course, since that hasn't happened yet, and might not until I'm playing a harp for St. Peter, the next best thing is reading about clouds. Our classes enjoyed It Looked Like Spilt Milk by Charles Green Shaw, Little Cloud by Eric Carle, The Police Cloud by Christoph Niemann, Dragon is Coming by Valeri Gorbachev, and Clouds from The Weather series by Terri Jennings.
We explored different types of clothes that you might wear in different types of weather, like swim suits and ice skates. We also explored which items we would wear together and which ones we shouldn't. It would by hard to carry an umbrella while wearing your helmet as you ride your bicycle! A scarf would be silly in the pool with your swimsuit! Snow boots make you a slow runner when you are wearing your baseball mitt!
Using a spray bottle set to the "mist" setting, I created rain while we danced to the track Singing in the Rain from the Dancing Feet CD by Carole Peterson. After a rousing song of The Itsy Bitsy Spider we fingerpainted with shaving cream on a blue plastic table cloth. Our art project for the day was "cloud" pictures with cotton balls.
Next week's topic: Wind & Rain
Michele, Children's Librarian