To kick off our study of weather in the preschool, our students played a dance game. They found “weather stations” hung up around Roxaboxen; for each station, Ms. Jenn played a song, and they moved their bodies around the room like that weather: rain, thunder and lightning, tornadoes, snow, the wind, clouds, rainbows, and the sun.

While everyone listened to the music and used the rhythm, instruments, and weather to inspire their movements, no two students moved in exactly the same way! Some were inspired by others to join in a group, like rainbows and clouds, and some kept their movements individual. The students used their whole bodies, and sometimes even their faces (see if you can pick out some of the “wind” and “lightning” photos) to show how they can move like weather. Some of them even incorporated yoga into their movements!

When the students reflected on the activity, some favorite songs & movements were the ones for rainbow, lightning, snow, and–of course–tornadoes.

Sunshine
Falling snow
Plopping raindrops
Wind
Wind
A cloud formation
Trees with blowing leaves
Trees in the wind
A group of rainbows
A quiet breeze
Crashing lightning
Booming thunder
Falling rain
A slow, quiet cloud
Clouds
Clouds spreading across the sky
A lone cloud
Gentle breeze
Gentle breeze
Spinning tornado
Spinning tornado
Rainbows
Rainbows

Ms. Jenn used these songs to inspire weather movement, and you can find the playlist below:

  • Rain- “Night” (Ludovico Einaudi), “Homesickness” (Emahoy Tsegue & Maryam Guebrou)
  • Thunder & Lightning- “Carnival Des Animaux: L’Elephant” (Camille Saint-Saens), “Game of Thrones Main Title” (Ramin Djawadi), “Flying with Mother” (John Powell)
  • Tornado- “Anthracite Fields: IV. Flowers” (Julia Wolfe), “Doublespeak” (Nico Muhly)
  • Snow- “Main Title Theme from Big Fish” (The London Film Score Orchestra), “Children’s Corner: IV, The Snow” (Claude Debussy)
  • Breeze- “Deux Arabesques, L 66: No. 1” (Claude Debussy)
  • Falling Leaves- “Leaves” (Rachel Medina)
  • Clouds- “Kaze no Tani no Nausicaa- Opening” (Aun J-Classic Orchestra)
  • Rainbow- “Princess Mononoke- Theme Song” (Joe Hisaishi)
  • Sun- “Songe D’automne” (Archibald Joyce), “Forest” (Cirque du Soleil- Ka)