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Kindergarten Homeschool: Observing the Weather

When I was little, my dad took my cousin and me to San Francisco. On the drive in we got caught in one of the classic Bay Area fog banks and I remember rolling down the window to stick my arm out, delighted to be touching the clouds. Living in the desert (Salt Lake City), we don’t get a ton of fog so the whole thing was pretty novel at the time. My kids had the same reaction this morning when we woke up to a lovely foggy world.

We talked about what fog is made out of, why fog happens, and other types of weather. Most of that information flew over their heads because they were just excited to run around and look for foggy headlights and stick their tongues out to taste the air. That’s pretty much the story for homeschooling at the preschool and Kindergarten level – sometimes you just throw the spaghetti at the wall and hope something sticks.

We did add a couple of pages to Eva’s science notebook when we came back inside. Her science notebook is her favorite because it’s currently a free-for-all situation where she writes down observations about the world around her. That might mean weather reports, pressed flowers, science experiments, or sketches of her rock collection.

Today we used the HP Snapshots app to print out a photo from the morning walk and then I wrote some vocabulary words on an index card and let her write out her science story. I’m not too much of a sticker right now for spelling as long as she tries to sound things out (although I admit the backwards-facing letters drive me crazy!).

I’m looking forward to a more structured approach next year because I’d like to do science units on the same topic that stretch out over a span of two or three weeks. That being said, I think letting her be self-directed for science has been a good idea for Kindergarten because she’s turned into quite the little naturalist. Now I can’t wait for warmer weather so we can spend more time outside! Currently it’s just too chilly for more than a short walk. *sigh* One more reason homeschooling is probably easier in California…

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