Weather vocabulary is easy to work on everyday. One of the small group activities that I led this week, combined weather and clothing vocabulary. A "homemade" interactive book called, "What Should I Wear Outside Today," was read. Each day during circle time, the idea of weather and appropriate clothing is presented with a fun activity--weather bear. After the students identify what the weather is like outside, they "dress up" a bear hanging on the board with clothing for the weather. Examples would be: sunglasses, umbrella, mittens, boots, jacket, etc. This can easy be incorporated in your morning routine. For some children, simply labeling clothing or requesting clothing from a visual choice of 2-3 items, would be sufficient. For other children, looking out the window or door and discussing what they should wear may be more appropriate. Kids often like when adults act silly--so offering to put on an item that is either put on the wrong body part or given an item that is silly (e.g., mittens in the summer) is a fun way to present clothing.
Another fun extension is to read the story "Jesse Bear What Will You Wear." To see some sample pages click here. The Howard County Public Library is a great free resource to find this book. Check out this website (http://homeschoolcreations.com/JesseBearPrintables.html) for free printables to go along with the story. For younger children, playing is preferred over paper and pencil activities. Check out this website (http://nestpirations.blogspot.com/2013/04/preschool-pizzazz-jesse-bear-and-letter.html?m=1) for more hands on fun.
Kristin Meadows, M.S. CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist at Rockburn Elementary School in Elkridge, MD. In the past, she has taught at Ducketts Lane Elementary, Worthington Elementary, Gorman Crossing Elementary, and Elkridge Elementary. She is a certified member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and obtained both a B.A. and M.S. from Loyola University in Maryland.