Friday, September 23, 2011

Cloud Viewing

Living in the south we are privileged to have a sky full of beautiful clouds.   All the various kinds of clouds are a part of our daily viewing pleasure and where better way to teach Ace about the different types of clouds.   


As part of his school we take time every now and then to review the types of clouds.    I printed out Cloud Type lesson kit for free from ETC Press.   It included the nomenclature cards and and a few other helpful tools to help show Ace about the various types of clouds.   He's still pretty young to really absorb a lot of the science - but the visuals are great.  

While on Pinterest I came across a great idea of a view window for the clouds, although when I clicked to obtain it - it was for a classroom and cost over $30 for the kit... so I decided to make my own (if you'd like a copy for personal use only please email me and I will send you the PDF.)  It took a naptime to get everything lined up and all the clouds properly identified.  It's not perfect, but it is accurate and for my toddler it is a fun way to 'hunt' for clouds.   :)


Ace had a lot of fun trying to find the different type of clouds.   I think that he'll really enjoy this activity when he's a bit older and can read for himself.   For now he likes to use the view window to poke his head through it and look for clouds that way.  It makes me smile.



So while I don't think he's learning a lot of the accurate names, he's having fun looking at the sky.   We also started to make up the shapes of clouds and that is probably the most fun of all! 


Linking up on:  Living Montessori Now, Sun Scholars, It's Playtime on The Imagination Tree, Preschool Corner on Homeschool Creations, Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas and Classified: Mom.

17 comments:

Deb Chitwood said...

That's a wonderful activity - and you did a great job of making your own viewer! Thanks for linking up with Montessori Monday! I featured your post at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/LivingMontessoriNow

Heidi @ Mom's Crafty Space said...

This is fantastic! I also saw it on Pinterest and was disappointed to find out it cost so much. I would LOVE it if you could email me the file when you have a chance. It is MUCH appreciated! :)

heidikundin[at]yahoo[dot]com

Karishma said...

This is something so new to me...I have a 2.4 year old son who I'm trying to raise using many Montessori principles...I've been teaching him vocabulary for many things in nature, like the sun, moon, trees, stars, and now he loves watching clouds too...I would so love to have your cloud viewer and I so appreciate your being willing to give it away...I have sent you an email regarding this...could you please get back to me about it? Really appreciate it..thanks so much and all the best for your blogging and parenting..will be visiting often now!

Anonymous said...

Great job Jo! Looks like he is enjoying it and it is a very creative way to get him interested in the sky. Most kids his age are doing good to learn how the sky changes, such as sunny, raining, snowing, etc. He has been exposed to that since birth. :) Great way to expose him to God's creation and help him learn to appreciate it.

Mandi said...

This is awesome! A couple of years ago one of my sons started getting into the weather and cloud formations. We bought books, made drawings, and now he can tell you what kind of cloud you're looking at and what it means (rain, cold weather coming in, etc.). I wish I would have had this idea back then! I think we'll make one anyway, because he still likes that kind of thing and he'll think it's cool to view it like that. And we can share it with his little brother! :)

Aimee from Classified: Mom said...

Your cloud viewer turned out great- what a fantastic learning experience! Thank you for sharing this on The Sunday Showcase!

Lulu said...

you make a great work!!!!
I also saw it, but it was so expansive for me.
I would love to do it for my little girl, please email me the file when you have a chance!
Thanks in advance!
I really appreciate it!

lourdesleal@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

How do I email you to get this cloud project?

Anonymous said...

How do I email you to get the cloud project? mel@arrbunch.com

Anonymous said...

I guess I am having a bad evening...mel@barrbunch.com...cloud project, please!

Danielle said...

This is so great :) I am teaching my grade 3/4 class about clouds and this would be awesome! If you could please send it to me....
danielle.godin@student.ufv.ca
Thanks so much!

Judy said...

Could you please send me a pdf copy of the cloud viewer? I love it! Thanks!
judy.helton@gmail.com

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Anonymous said...

Hello,
You did such an amazing job with the cloud viewer! I would love to share this amazing cloud view with my 3 and 5 year old, with your permission of course. If you could email me at kvagi@hotmail.com I would be so grateful.
Thank you :)

Anonymous said...

Great! Can I get a copy?
rebeccalrichardson{at}gmail{dot}com

JoDee :*) said...

This is so awesome! I also saw it on pinterest and can't pay the money. WOuld you email me a PDF copy. jcrazzzy@yahoo.com Thanks!

ABell said...

Would you be able to email a copy of the pdf so that we can do this. This looks perfect! Thank you for your willingness to share! Email: emailanya@gmail.com