It’s storm season here in Oklahoma. This week has had several storms and tornadoes springing up. Living in tornado alley, my kids have grown up with this threat and have learned what we do when one arises.
In our second year here there were monumental tornadoes that occurred. Since we both lived in a mobile home and only five minutes from my parents, we all went over to wait out the storm together. We quickly found that OK is on top of any tornadic weather. The kids all played together (or slept) as we watched this weather coverage. Of course, we adults prayed as we watched too.
I believe that it is important to teach children about storms and what we need to do to protect ourselves but balance it out, so as not to frighten them.
There is a book entitled Storm in the Night that we used when the boys were little with Five In A Row (FIAR) that talks about storms. Looking back, it is possible that this book and our study with it may have contributed to my children liking rain and storms. Although, this was not a favorite book, it is a good one.
Here are some links to blog posts others have shared about Storm in the Night:
- School Time Snippets
- Homegrown Learners (she links to a homeschool share page that is no more BUT I found it on archive.org here)
- Delightful Learning
- The Home School Mom
Then if you are interested in some study with tornadoes, click on over to homeschoolshare.com and click on Title Index. Scroll down and you will find MANY MANY learning ideas for many ages. (I hesitate to share the link here because they may be notified and I don’t want them to try and get rid of the archived page link above. ) The study called Tornado looks interesting as does the Weather Lapbook and Printables from the Lapbooks tab.
For more tornado specific ideas, check these out:
- Blessed Beyond a Doubt
- Weather Wiz Kids, mostly information and with activity links at the end
- Ducksters, succinct information about tornadoes
- National Wildlife Federation has links and ideas for all ages but I have not personally clicked through and looked at them but thought I’d mention them anyway, since they had some for all ages.
I hope these ideas help you in your study of weather.
Until next time,