Thursday, July 7, 2011

Weather Watchers

Circle Time is one of the children's most favorite times of the day. It has always been a fairly simple activity that included practicing the letter of the week, music time, and listening to a simple story. We recently introduced the job of flag monitor as we have started learning the Pledge of Allegiance. The children LOVE to do this and feel such a sense of pride when it is their turn hold the flag and lead their friends in this activity. Yesterday we added another helper to our Circle Time routine, the Weather Watcher. The Weather Watcher is responsible for checking the weather outside and sharing the information with their friends. We also learned the Weather Watcher song that the children sing while the Weather Watcher is looking outside, assessing the weather situation.

Weather Watcher

(Sung to the tune Frere Jacques)

Weather Watcher, Weather Watcher,

What do you see?

What do you see?

Come on back and tell us,

Come on back and tell us,

What you see,

What you see.

When the song is completed the Weather Watcher shares what type of weather they saw and then shows their friends the matching weather card (shown in the picture above). If the children at Circle Time agree with the Weather Watcher, they give him or her "thumbs up." If they disagree, the keep their hands in their lap and we discuss as a group what type of weather we have outside. As with leading the Pledge of Allegiance, the Weather Watcher is a great way to motivate all of the children to participate in Circle Time and it fills each child with a sense of pride and accomplishment when it is their turn to be the Weather Watcher! It's fun, exciting, and a great self-esteem building activity for our little ones.

*My son came home singing the Weather Watcher song when he was in Kindergarten, so I have no idea where it originally came from or who should get the appropriate credit for it. I am still researching the actual creator of the song, so for now, thanks Mrs. Brixey...

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