Why sing “Rain, Rain Go Away” when you can celebrate the sounds, sights, feelings and delights that weather events present to children?
“Weather” you’re looking for calendar time songs about different types of weather, making a daily weather graph, learning about the general changes the seasons bring or coming across a rainbow together for the first time, the show nature puts on for us is something to sing about–and I’ve got songs about the weather I can’t wait to share with you:
“What’s The Weather”, “It’s Raining Outside”, “Rainbow”, “The Seasons” and “A Winter Song”, from my albums “Wonderful You”, “Shadow”, “The Seasons” and “Senses”.
These songs serve as a great reference point for reinforcing language skills, sentence structure, concept comprehension and expressive language. Along with their videos, these songs about weather provide context, verbal and visual cues.
For more songs that compliment common preschool/Kindergarten themes (and other helpful songs for navigating through childhood growth/experiences), check out my YouTube channel here!
Learning about the weather means learning how to ask what the weather is like outside–and coming up with an answer!
The lyrics in “What’s The Weather?”, from “Wonderful You” contain common phrases adults use to ask about the weather:
“What’s the weather?”
“What’s it like out today?”
“Whats the weather like outside?”
The lyrics in “What’s The Weather?” also provide a few descriptive examples: “Rainy”, “snowy”, “cold”, “hot”, “sunny”, “windy”, “cloudy”, “stormy”, “grey”… making this a useful song for building vocabulary and conversation skills.
I wrote, developed and used this song when I was a Kindergarten teacher to use during Calendar Time. Once the tune and lyrics caught on, I would often hear my students singing it to each other (and to themselves) while getting ready to go outside for recess.
Where I live in Canada, the weather can be fairly unpredictable throughout the day, so we ask “What’s the weather like outside?” a LOT!
I have always loved the sound of the rain. I remember being taught to sing “Rain, Rain, Go Away” as a child, but even though I liked the tune of that song, I was in no hurry for the sound of the rain to stop!
“It’s Raining Outside” is comprised of lyrics that simply encourage children to stop and appreciate the sounds (and sights) of rain.
Use the video from my YouTube channel to watch the rain fall, the movement of rainwater trickling down the street, the trickling, bubbling, splashing and movement of water on different surfaces… and to experience those hypnotizing circular patterns the raindrops form in puddles, creeks and streams as you listen to the musical recreation of the pitter-patter of raindrops.
“Rain, it’s raining.
Rain, it’s raining.
Rain, it’s raining outside.
I can hear it raining outside.”
Let’s sing about how nice the rain can be!
“I see a rainbow up in the sky!
When you see a rainbow, do you know why?
Sunlight moves through the raindrops and so
we see seven colours. Here is how they go:
Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet”
These lyrics in my song, “Rainbow”, from “Senses”, make for a musical, vocabulary building, science and memory strengthening experience as you sing about this weather phenomenon!
Seeing a rainbow is an exciting and special experience. Know what else is exciting and special? Knowing the names of the colours, in order–AND knowing WHY we see a rainbow!
This song teaches it all.
In some parts of the world, like where I live in Canada, there are four distinctly different seasons. Spring is muddy, cold, rainy and sunny. Summer is hot. Autumn is windy and the leaves turn colours and fall. Winter is cold, snowy and icy. Then it starts all over again, which the lyrics describe.
Understanding the cycle of the yearly seasons and learning about time passing is relatable for children (and gives them a point of reference) when we break down the changes in the weather.
“The Seasons”, from my album “The Seasons” talks about specific transitions we see and feel in the weather and in nature as the seasons change.
When it comes to songs about the weather, “The Seasons” is one you can sing and learn from together all year long!
“Winter is a time when we can sing
about the magic that nature can bring.
Sing for the season, sing for what you see.
Sing a Winter Song along with me.
Sing a Winter Song and feel happy.
Happy Winter Everybody.”
Sometimes, you need a song that’s *just* about Winter.
Not about the holidays–but about the weather and temperature we experience during the season.
“A Winter Song” is all about the sights, clothes and “feels” that go along with this magical time of year.
I hope you find these songs make for many “warm” experience and memories between you and the children you sing them with!