What will the weather be today? Our morning weather routine

With so many different kinds of weather since the start of our school year, we have been able to really take notice of the weather changes as we ask (sing) the question “What will the weather be today?”…

What will the weather be?  by Teach Preschool

During our morning circle, we take a few minutes everyday to talk about the weather. One child is chosen to be the weather helper and begins by looking outside so to tell us what he or she thinks the weather seems to be that day…

What will the weather be?  by Teach Preschool

Usually, the child chooses two words such as sunny and warm. One word that describes how the weather feels (temperature) and one word to tell us what they see (a weather symbol such as a sunshine, clouds etc….)

What will the weather be?  by Teach Preschool

As the weather person is deciding, the entire class generally is also shouting out their own ideas of what the weather is so there is quite a bit of negotiating going on in the process by the entire class…

What will the weather be?  by Teach Preschool

Once the weather person has decided on what the weather will be, then the teacher writes the weather words on a blank square of paper and the child draws a weather symbol to represent the weather that day. Last year, I used pre-made weather symbols but this year, I decided to have the children draw their own weather symbols and they do a remarkable job.  All the children (ages three to five) figure out a way to somehow express what the weather is like in their simple drawings…

What will the weather be?  by Teach Preschool

We keep the paper ready to go on a small clip board for our weather person to draw on and the children take a quick minute to draw the weather while we wait and continue talking about the weather. If the weather person wishes to go off to the table and come back, they are welcome to do so but most of the children just sit right down on the floor and give it a go…

What will the weather be?  by Teach Preschool

After the weather is illustrated on paper then we staple it up on our weather board in one of the blank weather pattern squares…

What will the weather be?  by Teach Preschool

One thing I have noticed is that when the children are choosing the temperature of the weather, they will often say “cold” even if it is hot outside or “warm” even if it is cold outside.  I realized that the children were struggling with differentiating between what it feels to them inside the classroom versus what it felt like to them outside of the classroom…

What will the weather be?  by Teach Preschool

So when needed, we will have the weather person stand right outside the classroom door to check the weather and give us a more accurate idea of what the temperature feels like outside…

What will the weather be?  by Teach Preschool

As we staple the weather symbol to the board we sing this simple song “Weather, weather, weather, weather, what will the weather be today?”  “Sunny and cold, sunny and cold, that’s what the weather will be today.” And then we take a quick look to see if any weather pattern is emerging across our board…

What will the weather be?  by Teach Preschool

Once our board gets all the way full, we usually take down the current symbols and save them in our weather box and then start all over again adding a new set of weather symbols one day at a time…

What will the weather be?  by Teach Preschool

This entire process from looking out the window, drawing our weather symbols, singing our song, taking a quick look at the weather patterns is a non-stop and quick process…

What will the weather be?  by Teach Preschool

It takes us about five minutes (depending on the day) to go from the beginning to the end and it isn’t a sit-still-and-listen process, it is an interactive and inviting process. Everyone likes to join in and each child has gotten to know the routine very well…

What will the weather be?  by Teach Preschool

I think my favorite part of this process is not only the chance to talk about the weather but watching the children progress in making more complex weather symbols over time.  Remember, there is no right or wrong in the drawings. If a child scribbles a few dots and tells me it is rainy, then that is what I write and all of the children have naturally followed my lead. We have a saying in our classroom that goes something like this, “Your work (or drawing or painting) doesn’t have to be just like mine or anyone elses. It should be what you would like it to be.” I think the kids know this saying by heart…

What will the weather be?  by Teach Preschool

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By |2017-03-30T01:15:26+00:00January 11th, 2014|

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Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Ms Paffenroth January 11, 2014 at 10:33 am - Reply

    I LOVE this idea and I can’t wait to try it with my threes.

  2. Anik January 11, 2014 at 3:11 pm - Reply

    I love your weather routine! I did something similar with my preschoolers and now I introduced calendar and weather board to my son. He loves it 🙂

  3. Stacy January 12, 2014 at 6:29 pm - Reply

    I love the idea of allowing the students to draw the weather symbols. I am definitely going to add that element to our routine! Thanks so much for the inspiration. Also, to help my students understand the temperature, I ask them to touch the windowpane with their whole palm- that is usually an accurate way for them to experience the outside temps without going outside. I guess that would only work if the window is not indirect sunlight… but it works for us 🙂

  4. Miss Beth January 12, 2014 at 9:54 pm - Reply

    HI! I LOVE so many ideas that you have shared. Thanks! I have noticed (in this and a few recent blogs) a chart you use that looks like it is a letter identification activity. I think my students could greatly benefit from something like this. Would you please explain the process? Thanks!

  5. Rachel | Racheous - Lovable Learning January 21, 2014 at 5:14 am - Reply

    This is such a sweet and memorable way to explore and discuss the weather. Thank you for sharing, I’ll be adapting this for our homeschool!

  6. Marcia Fowler March 12, 2014 at 12:55 pm - Reply

    I really like your ideas on how to expand on the weather chart. Because of you, I’ve started expanding our weather time too, with each child drawing a picture of the weather. They use white boards (lap boards). It’s fun to see what they come up with. From crazy storms to simple suns. Thanks for sharing your idea.

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