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Early Literacy

Early literacy is what children know about communication, language—verbal and non-verbal—reading and writing before they can actually read and write.

Reading Tip

One of the six early literacy skills is narrative skills – the ability to describe things and event and to tell stories. Being able to talk about and explain what happens in a story helps children understand the meaning of what they are reading. This leads to good reading comprehension.

Weather: Books

Fiction

This Beautiful Day by Richard Jackson
Undaunted by the rainy weather, three children take their happiness outside and seem to chase the clouds away as they jump, skip and dance together.

Chicky Chicky Chook Chook by Cathy MacLennan
Chicks, kitties and bees play in the morning but get sleepy in the afternoon heat. Their nap is interrupted by a storm that leaves them all icky and soggy.

May I Come In? by Marsha Diane Arnold
Raccoon does not want to be alone on a stormy night but his neighbors, Possum, Quail and Woodchuck, each tell him they have no room to spare.

May I Come In?

On a Magical Do-Nothing Day by Beatrice Alemagna
Sent outside by her mother on a rainy day, a child is dismayed when her handheld game falls into the pond before she encounters giant snails, wet mushrooms and other elements that awaken her to the sensory aspects of nature.

Puddle by Hyewon Yum
A mother and son use their imagination to have fun on a rainy day.

Red Sky at Night by Elly MacKay
Red sky at night, sailor's delight. And, the next morning, when the dew is on the grass, no rain will come to pass. These are the perfect conditions for a grandfather to take his grandchildren out on a fishing trip.

The Squirrels’ Busy Year by Martin Jenkins
The perfect introduction to seasons and weather for young children. It's winter. It's cold! The squirrels are digging up acorns to eat. This beautiful picture book is the perfect introduction to the seasons and how the weather changes throughout the year.

Splish, Splash, Ducky! by Lucy Cousins
Ducky Duckling has a rainy day adventure, but when the rain stops he feels sad.

The Storm by Akiko Miyakoshi
When a powerful storm begins to rage one summer evening, a young boy holds little hope for the next day's promised trip to the beach.

The Weather Girls by Aki
Summer, Fall, Winter or Spring the Weather Girls are ready for whatever the seasons might bring. Follow these busy girls as they climb mountains, fly hot-air balloons and soak in a rainbow-sky sunset. Charming rhyming verse and adorable art make this picture book irresistible and perfect for sharing!

Non-Fiction

Raindrops Roll by April Pulley Sayre
In her latest gorgeously photo-illustrated nonfiction picture book, celebrated author April Pulley Sayre sheds new light on the wonders of rain, from the beauty of a raindrop balanced on a leaf to the amazing, never-ending water cycle that keeps our planet in perfect ecological balance.

Raindrops Roll

Whatever the Weather: Science Experiments and Art Activities that Explore Wonders of Weather by Annie Riechmann
A parent's guide to weather exploration.

What Will the Weather Be? by Linda Dewitt
Explains the basic characteristics of weather—temperature, humidity, wind speed and direction, air pressure—and how meteorologists gather data for their forecasts.

Where Does Kitty go in the Rain by Harriet Ziefert
A little girl steps out into her rainy yard in search of her missing kitten. She discovers a series of charming garden denizens on the way to finding Kitty.

Weather: Songs and Rhymes

Look Outside Now
(Tune:Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star”)
Look outside now, can you say,
What the weather is today?
Is there sunshine, is there rain?
Is wind blowing down the lane?
Look outside now, can you say,
What the weather is today?
 

Look outside now, can you say,
What the weather is today?
Are there snowflakes falling down?
Are there big clouds floating around?
Look outside now, can you say,
What the weather is today?

 

What’s The Weather?
(Tune:Are You Sleeping?”)
What’s the weather?
What’s the weather?
Can you tell?
Can you tell?
Is the sun shining?
Is the rain falling?
Can you tell?
Can you tell?

 

Boom, Bang!
Boom, bang, boom, bang,
Rumpety, thumpety, bump!
Zoom, zam, zoom, zam,
Clippety, clappety, clump!
Rustles and bustles, swishes and zings,
What wonderful noises a thunderstorm brings!

 

Kite Flying
On a windy day,
Pick a kite, I say!
Send it on its way.
Give it lots of string to play,
Watch it dip and sway.
Hold tight! Don’t let it get away!

 

Spring
Put up your umbrella,
When the rain comes down.
Wear a happy smile,
Wipe away a frown.
Splash in all the puddles,
Do a little dance.
Rain is just the thing we need,
For new spring-time plants.

 

Snow
Snow on my forehead, (touch forehead)
Snow on my knee, (touch knee)
Snow on my glasses, (touch eyes)
Getting hard to see.
Snow on my boots, (touch shoes)
Snow on my hair, (touch hair)
Snow on my mittens, (touch hands)
Snow everywhere. (wave hands all over)

 

Whistling Wind
(Tune: “If You’re Happy and You Know It”)
If you hear the whistling wind cup your ears.
If you hear the whistling wind cup your ears.
If you hear it in the trees,
Making music with the leaves,
If you hear the whistling wind cup your ears.
 

If you feel the blustery wind whirl around.
If you feel the blustery wind whirl around.
If you feel it lift your hair,
Like a kite up in the air,
If you feel the blustery wind whirl around.

 

Noisy Wind
(Tune: “The Farmer In The Dell”)
I like the noisy wind,
I like the noisy wind.
It roars and mutters, (voice loud, then softer)
And shakes and shutters, (shake hands tambourine style)
I like the noisy wind!

 

I like the noisy wind,
I like the noisy wind.
It flaps the flag, (flap your arms back and forth)
And rustles my bag, (rub hands together briskly)
I like the noisy wind!

 

I See the Wind
I see the wind when the leaves dance by. (dance hands around)
I see the wind when the clothes wave, “Hi!” (wave hand)
I see the wind when the trees bend low. (bend arms over and down)
I see the wind when the flags all blow. (wave arms high)
I see the wind when the kites fly high. (raise arms high)
I see the wind when the clouds float by. (wave hand gently)
I see the wind when it blows my hair. (lift hair with hands)
I see the wind ‘most everywhere! (hold hands out, palms up)

 

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