Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Is it Winter?

Hello Kindergarten Families!

How are you?  I am well.  I have been enjoying the change in weather, it finally feels wintery.  Well, San Diego winter, anyway.  This month, since winter begins, many of our songs and poems are about winter type weather.  One is called Fog and is by  Carl Sandburg.  We read this poem:

The fog comes on little cat feet.
It sits looking over harbor and city
On silent haunches
And then it moves on.

I asked the students to think of how they would describe fog to someone who had never seen or experienced it.  Here are some of their words about fog:

Cold
Blurry
It's when clouds come down.
It makes so you can't see.
Dark and misty
It's near the ground.
White on your window.
Wet
Goes fast.
It happens early in the morning.

How would you describe it?

To continue our interest and investigation of clouds, we watched some videos.  Here they are in order that we watched them.  The last one has many words in it, so we just watched the beginning, but often, more viewings can help us understand concepts in a deeper manner   Please watch these with your child, when you get the chance.  What new ideas did they notice?  Please email me or comment here on the blog if you would like to share recent discussions your child had about clouds or the weather changes we have been experiencing!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?gl=US&hl=en&client=mv-google&v=4MH4zBDjhUk&nomobile=1

http://www.watchknowlearn.org/Video.aspx?VideoID=3464&CategoryID=5559

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2sb58M1zIrY

The students journaled about the videos and we will have more discussions and do more research about the weather too.  They were interested in the many types of clouds and their different names.  They were also interested in researching the types of reactions when it is cold: snow, hail and sleet.  Since we don't often have these in SD, the internet has been very helpful!

I hope you have a beautiful night.  I will, it will be so nice to see all the people coming out to support our school tonight at the Charter meeting.  Hope to see you there!  Love, Jennifer












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