Category Archives: Seasons

Water Cycle – Making Rain

My 5 year old has just begun her Senior KG term. Since it’s the rainy season, the concepts being covered in her class are about water and rain. On Monday she came home singing a cute water cycle song with actions and expressions :).

Cloud in a jar_1

I love the water cycle song, because the lyrics explain very simply how the sun heats the water in the sea, then the water vapor rises high and forms big dark clouds, the clouds go bang bang bang and  pitter patter down comes the rain. She sings the song all day long without being conscious that she has learnt about an important science concept.

Last night she asked me how rain is made. I explained to her the concept verbally, but her blank expressions made me realize that very little of what I said registered in her head. Listening to words is a very abstract process for her, because she still hasn’t developed the capability to visualize what is being said. Children at this age learn best by observing, doing and exploring. So my next step was to find an activity to show her how rain is formed.

From my search, I shortlisted these posts.

We tried the Cloud in a Jar experiment and were happy with the results. Here are the pictures.

A raindrop Cloud in a jar_2

And to wind up the experiment, I had the children make a water cycle – this allowed them to reflect on the concept and articulate their understanding through a drawing.

Water cycle

What Makes a Green Tree go Pink?

On a sunny day in March, I took a nature walk in our locality. The little one noticed that the tree outside our apartment building was beginning to turn pink. Small pink flowers have sprung up and have given the otherwise green tree, a pink glow. While we walked, we observed other changes in the trees around us. And she had questions about why the trees were changing at this time of the year. I realized that this was a good time to introduce the concept of seasons. When we came home, I quickly browsed through the book cupboard and picked out story books related to seasons.

First we read The Seasons of Arnold’s Apple Tree, a short story about a boy Arnold and his apple tree. Through the story, children observe how the Apple Tree changes throughout the year and how Arnold comes up with new play activities for each season. Then, we drew four empty blocks on a sheet of paper, one for each season (spring, summer, fall and winter). In each block we drew a picture of how the tree looks at that time of the year. Finally, we drew another picture of the apple tree and named its basic parts (roots, trunk, branch, leaf and fruits).

 Then, we read another book, Spring Is Here!, a cute story about a Mole and a Bear. The story takes us through the Mole’s journey of discovering that spring has arrived, and his efforts to wake up his friend Bear. The book has wonderful illustrations and sound words that make it a complete entertaining read for children.

The little one now has some understanding of seasons and spring is her favorite season (as of now). Do your little ones know about seasons? 

 Check out these fun titles that introduce the science behind seasons.

  • Tell Me a Season by Mary McKenna Siddals
  • The Reasons for Seasons by Gail Gibbons
  • Sunshine Makes the Seasons by Franklyn M. Branley
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