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How's The Weather?
MEDIA
Video
  • Grover Weather Monster

    Grover reports the weather as it changes from sunny and hot to cloudy, rainy, snowy, and windy! How is your weather today?

Video
  • Bert and Ernie in the Rain

    Ernie feels happy because rain helps plants grow, but sad and mad because it spoils his outdoor fun. What type of weather makes you happy?

Game
  • Snow Monster Maker

    Lower the temperature to change rain to snow. Then build a snow monster!

Video
  • Rhyme Time Poem

    A man recites a poem as children play on a sunny day, rhyming “moo” with “blue.” What other words rhyme with blue?

Video
  • Kite Festival!

    People fly kites of different shapes, sizes, and colors in the festival. What kind of weather is good for flying a kite?

Video
  • Hace Frío

    On a winter day, Telly learns what “hace frío” means. How do you keep warm when the temperature is cold?

Video
  • Picking Play Clothes

    A girl puts on clothes that will keep her warm and dry in the snow. How do you decide what clothes to wear outside?

Make a Weather Rhyme

Pretend you are weather reporters who love to rhyme! Look at weather together. Is it hot, or not? Is it a sunny, funny day?

Take some time to make a weather report with rhyme!

First

Look outside and observe your weather. Is the temperature hot, warm, cool, or cold? Is the sky cloudy or clear? Is it windy, raining, or snowing?

Think of words that describe the weather you observe.

Time to Rhyme!

Pick one of your weather words. Then think of a rhyme using your word and chant it out loud. Rhymes are words that have the same ending sounds, like rain and train, or gray and play.

Like this: Lots of rain, let’s take the train!
Or this: Clouds are gray, I can’t go out and play.

Then

Draw a picture of your weather rhyme to make a weather report. Together, write the rhyming words on your weather report. Use early writing, grown-up writing, or both!

Share at School

You made a weather rhyme. Isn’t that fine! Sharing it at school would be so cool!

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PARENT GUIDE  
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When children talk about the weather, they develop their observation skills, their knowledge of earth science, their self-care skills, and their vocabulary. They also learn about an everyday topic of conversation!

Take a look at the learning inside How’s the Weather?

Weather

Because weather changes frequently, you can make new observations every day!

• Look at a weather report and decide what clothes to wear.
• Talk with far-away friends and family to compare weather.
• Use new weather words like foggy, hazy, gusty, drizzle, blizzard, and sleet.
• Talk about your favorite sunny-day and rainy-day activities.

Rhyming Words

Words that rhyme end in the same sounds (e.g., hat, cat, pat). They help children notice the sounds in spoken language, an important early literacy skill.

• Notice the rhythm of rhymes in familiar songs, chants, and books.
• Rhyme all the time. Even nonsense words count!
• Say pairs of words and ask your child to thumbs-up the ones that rhyme.

Videos & Games

Use the Sesame media collection and conversation starters to learn about observing and preparing for the weather.

Grover Weather Monster – Reporting the weather
Rhyme Time – Rhyming on a sunny day
Bert and Ernie in the Rain - How weather makes us feel
Picking Clothes to Wear – Choosing appropriate clothes for the weather

Make a Weather Rhyme

This activity reinforces school learning at home:

• Types of weather
• Types of weather
• Making observations

Share your weather report to connect the learning back to school!

About

Sesame Family is brought to you by Sesame Workshop to help you stay connected to your child's learning at school. In partnership Teaching Strategies, LLC, Sesame Family links you to your child's teacher. This all-in-one mobile experience helps you and your child explore teacher-selected preschool topics through media, hands-on activities, and parent supports.


How do I get to Sesame Family? +


Through her classroom newsletter, your child's teacher invites you to a 'virtual backpack' of family resources waiting for you online. Simply follow the link or copy and paste the site's address into a web browser to access Sesame Family for your child's classroom. Your teacher's name at the top of the Backpack welcomes you to a world of shared learning directly from your child's teacher to you.


What's inside Sesame Family? +


As a family, explore the same topics and skills that your child is exploring at school. In every teacher-selected bundle, you'll find: • MEDIA: Explore the carefully-selected Sesame videos and games with your child. Use the conversation starters to spark a discussion about the topic and skills. • HANDS-ON: Play and learn together with a simple hands-on activity. Don't forget to send it back to school to celebrate and share with your teacher! • PARENT GUIDE: Get tips and ideas for supporting school readiness in your everyday routines.


Will the media and activities change? +


Sesame Family is a dynamic site with content that updates throughout the year. Your child's teacher will select topics related to the learning covered at school. Visit the site regularly to enjoy new content and ideas for fun family learning.


When should we use Sesame Family? +


The Sesame Family experience is designed to fit your family's busy schedule. The goal of the site is to support shared learning whenever you can, wherever you are. Any time you find a few moments, whether it's waiting at the doctor's office or quiet moments before bed, you can explore Sesame Family together. We suggest spending 15 minutes per week with the videos and games, and 15 minutes for hands-on learning. Ready for more ideas? Follow the link to Sesamestreet.org.


Can my child play independently, or do I need to be there? +


The main goal of Sesame Family is to support shared learning experiences between you and your child, but that doesn't mean your child can't have fun on his own! Take time to visit the site together and use our conversation sparks to help talk about school learning. Afterwards, if your child is interested, he can reinforce the learning by replaying the videos and games independently.


What is there for parents at Sesame Family? +


Sesame Family is as much for parents and the other caring adults in a child's life as it is for your child. Parents and caregivers can: • Learn about the topics and skills your child is exploring at school • Explore media and hands on activities to promote shared learning at home and on the go • Receive tips and strategies on helping your child learn and grow • Be a more active partner with the teacher in your child's development • Feel a stronger connection to your child's classroom community


Can I share my child's Sesame Family with other family members (grandparents, aunts/uncles, older siblings, babysitter, child care provider)? +


There may be several important adults in your child's life who support her learning. We encourage you to share your Sesame Family link with other family members to explore together with your child.


Can I access Sesame Family on a smart phone, tablet, or other mobile device? What are the technical requirements? +


Sesame Family is designed for play wherever you are – on a desktop computer or any mobile device (iOS or Android). All you need is an Internet connection to unpack the learning. We support the following browsers: Internet Explorer 8-11, Chrome 34, Firefox 30 and Safari 5+ on desktops. iOS 6.0+ on Safari, Android 4.0+ Android Browser and Android 4.0+ Chrome Browser on tablets and mobile devices.


Why do I see different games when I visit this site on different devices? +


Different devices support different technologies, so some games only play on certain devices. If you play a game on your desktop computer and later access the site through your tablet, you may not find that same game because the tablet doesn't support it.


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