The Science of Winter

Knapstein, Karen
November 2004
Scholastic Parent & Child;Nov/Dec2004, Vol. 12 Issue 3, p12
The article presents information on the way a parent can teach their child the importance of seasonal changes. Throughout this fall season, 4-year-old Asher was able to dash out the door to his backyard wearing only a sweater to keep warm. But today his mother had to stop him. By explaining how changes in the weather-colder temperatures, fog, frost, wind, snow, sleet, and ice — affect the way people dress, parents are helping their children become aware of seasonal patterns in a meaningful way. As the trees become bare, squirrels scurry to store their nuts, and frost coats the grass, there are countless opportunities to draw one's child's attention to his changing surroundings and the ways plants and animals adapt.


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