It’s a new month so there’s a new topic. We’re learning about the weather, which is highly appropriate for the month of March, considering how many different kinds of weather we tend to see. I got a stack of books to read and admire pictures in.
I started Miss Adventure off with Exploring the Sky by Day: The Equinox Guide to Weather and the Atmosphere by Terence Dickinson. It had an overview of the different cloud types and the weather each is associated with. That information was important for her daily weather/cloud observations she’d be doing all month. The book goes through all the major weather events and visual phenomena you might have a chance to observe with a two-page spread and a few photographs on each topic.
For more information and photographs, you could try Weather: A Visual Guide, by Bruce Buckley, Edward J. Hopkins, and Richard Whitaker. This book has some impressive photographs (as you would expect from the title). It also goes into more detail on climate and watching the weather.
If you prefer your weather illustrated, try Thunder & Lightning: Weather Past, Present, Future by Lauren Redniss. While it’s considered a graphic novel, it doesn’t have panels or characters that you follow through a story. Instead, I would consider it an illustrated nonfiction book about the weather. The illustrations are done in a unique style and can be a small addition to the text or a two-page spread. Check out the link and look inside to see if you like the style. Personally, it’s not to my taste, but Miss Adventure is enjoying the book.
Finally, I checked out Weather Words and What They Mean by Gail Gibbons. I was hoping this would be an etymology book about weather words (something Miss Adventure has been very interested in lately), but it’s just definitions of weather words with an appropriate illustration. It’s definitely meant for young kids since it defines words like humidity, fog, and tornado. We’re a bit past this level of book, but it would probably be useful for someone at the Kindergarten, first grade level.
And those were the book we used this week. Linking up with Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers’ Weekly Wrap-Up