Whatever The Weather

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Hi everyone.

Trust all dandy under this sunny Springtime sky.. Over at Friends Corner we’ve really been enjoying ‘The Weather’..

We began our ‘Weather’ theme by looking at a Weather Chart and describing different weather formations: Sunny, Cloudy, Partly Cloudy, Windy, Rainy, Snowy.

While focusing on our theme, the weather was shifting from partly cloudy to sunny to cloudy. The children had loads of fun with that as they ran to the window to take a look each time the weather ‘changed’.

It was then time to let cold days take centre stage, and talk turned to clouds and rain. Our little ones enjoyed learning about grey clouds that release rain, and freezing ones that allow for snow.

Beside a few weather-related songs that got our tiddlers grooving, we also had great Reading Time fun as we read weather-themed stories.

As our Letter of the Week was ‘Q’, Project Time focused on ‘Q is for quilt’ to tie in both the Letter and Cold Days.
The children enjoyed tracing over and writing the letter ‘Q’ and then making their very own patchwork quilts out of pieces (patches) of paper. The result is some beautiful quilts that could warm up even the coldest cub..

Our Yoga Babies bundled in to enjoy the Blue Room and its serenity as Elda emitted her good vibes, as those a little older appreciated a palette of paints and some fun Art Time.

Mid-week and we were ready to delve into the magical phenomenon of windy weather.

Among other things, the children learned about the importance of wind in that it brings rain, blows clouds away and pollinates flora.

Technology helped as our little ones viewed satellite images of hurricanes, as well as fascinating pictures of tornadoes. We then discussed the strength of such winds and the power that they hold.

Sheer joy run through the Clubhouse as we got the bubble machine out that allowed the children to see which way the wind was blowing as the bubbles floated away, and even more so when the wind changed direction.

Finally, for our ‘Wind’ chapter, our tiddlers turned into little scientists and made tornadoes in jars. Water, glitter, a bit of a swirl, and voila! – Happy kids holding their very own hand-made tornadoes.

Alphabet revision was followed by a fun weather-themed maths activity that saw the bright and brilliant Friends Corner mathematicians placing the amount of kite string ribbons that correlated with the number shown on the kite.

We put on our painting aprons and prepared a big blue background on which the children mixed black and white paint in order to make varying shades of grey, and ultimately, some dramatic rain clouds.

Rain-themed fun continued with each child tying a measuring cup that’ll be checked regularly onto the yard gate so as to measure rainfall. And, rain instruments were created with some clever crafting and a lot of joy.

We jumped into a new week by looking at snowy weather. The kids were introduced to, and shown images of, Inuits and their way of life in snowy environments.
After some discussion and interesting questions asked, pictures of snow activities, such as sledding and building snowmen, were part of a cutting-out activity.

The children also enjoyed a matching activity where, alongside other random pictures, they coloured and cut out all the images which had a picture of something one would wear on snowy days.

As ‘R’ took its place as Letter of the Week, robots in rockets decorated with ‘R’s were part of Project Time..

And so, here we are, looking forward to continuing our Weather theme as the week continues and offers up some sweet ‘Sunny Days’ at Friends Corner.

Check out our website at http://www.friendscorner.gr to see all the wonderful things our club has to offer.

You know where we are. Come on over.

Until next time..

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