For Spacious Skies is like a pizza project. Those who discover For Spacious Skies are like those who taste pizza for the first time...and want more. Those who try it and like it can then tap into a growing number of pizza shops. Are you ready to learn more about the sky? Do you desire to teach the children to experience the wonder and beauty of the sky? Start with the following resources, read the blog to get a sense of what other teachers have done, and then 'tap in' to the many resources all around the internet. The ultimate resource is FREE and ALWAYS OPEN: the Sky.
The Sense of Wonder, By Rachel Carson
A child’s world is fresh and new and beautiful, full of wonder and excitement. It is our misfortune that for most of us that clear-eyed vision, that true instinct for what is beautiful and awe-inspiring, is dimmed and even lost before we reach adulthood. If I had influence with the good fairy who is supposed to preside over the christening of all children, I should ask that her gift to each child in the world be a sense of wonder so indestructible that it would last throughout life, as an unfailing antidote against the boredom and disenchantments of later years, the sterile preoccupation with things that are artificial, the alienation from the sources of our strength.
If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder without any such gift from the fairies, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in. Parents often have a sense of inadequacy when confronted on the one hand with the eager, sensitive mind of a child and on the other with a world of complex physical nature, inhabited by a life so various and unfamiliar that it seems hopeless to reduce it to order and knowledge. In a mood of self-defeat, they exclaim, “How can I possibly teach my child about nature--why, I don’t even know one bird from another!”
I sincerely believe that for the child, and for the parent seeking to guide him, it is not half so important to know as to feel. If facts are the seeds that later produce knowledge and wisdom, then the emotions and the impressions of the senses are the fertile soil in which the seeds must grow. The years of early childhood are the time to prepare the soil. Once the emotions have been aroused--a sense of the beautiful, the excitement of the new and the unknown, a feeling of sympathy, pity, admiration or love--then we wish for knowledge about the object of our emotional response. Once found, it has lasting meaning. It is more important to pave the way for the child to want to know than to put him on a diet of facts he is not ready to assimilate.
(Rachel Carson 1956 Harper and Row.)
Here are a few sites to get you started:
Preschool - Early Elementary
1. Sky Day!
2. All about the stars for preschoolers
3. Earth and Sky science resource
4. Drippy the Raindrop
The Cloud Book by Tomie dePaola
Little Cloud by Eric Carle
It Looked Like Spilt Milk by Charles G. Shaw
Little Cloud and Lady Wind by Toni Morrison
1.The water cycle
2. What is a cloud?
Cloudmans Favorite Links page has a number of good resources for all ages
Don't forget to send for your copy of the FSS Cloud Chart: