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Our Head in the Clouds

We spent a good deal of time learning about clouds, in a very leisurely way, revisiting the topic over many weeks, at Miss M.'s interest.  We painted clouds, read stories about clouds, took lots of photos of them too, which she really enjoyed.  (Future photographer???)  We kept track of the kinds of clouds we saw over the course of a week or so as well, nothing too scientific - just wispy, rainclouds, puffy clouds, and whether they were high or low in the sky.  (Curiously, the Latin names for them simply mean puffy, etc... anyway.)  I figured the point was the distinction and learning to observe differences and just enjoying watching them.  We laid in the grass and tried to find shapes in the clouds and watched how fast or slow they went by.  We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves!

Gastemos un buen rato aprendiendo sobre los nubes, de una forma muy relajado, visitando el tema durante el curso de varios semanas, cuando el interes se manifesto.  Pintemos los nubes, leimos cuentas sobre ellos, y tambien saquemos muchas fotos, lo cual que ella disfruto bastante.  (Fotografa futura???)  Tambien mantuvimos un calendario sobre las distintas nubes que vimos, nada tan cientifico, mas bien, si fueron altas o bajas en el cielo, blancas or grises, y de su forma fisica.  Pienso que el punto fue para observar las distinciones.  Tambien, nos acostemos en el pasto, y las observemos pasar, buscando formas y figuras.  De verdad, fue todo muy divertido!


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