It’s the beginning of spring here in Australia but you wouldn’t have known it today. It was decidedly chilly this morning and the black clouds were rolling in. We knew it was going to be another of those “stuck indoors'” day. We quite like to sing this little tune on days like this:
“It’s raining at school today. We can’t go outside to play. This is where we’ll have to stayyyyyyyyy. Stuck in the classroom…all day!”
The weather here in the south west of Western Australia generally ranges from around -2C minimum in winter to 40C maximum in summer. It does not snow here except once in a blue moon on the top of Bluff Knoll. So today’s weather was pretty much a phenomenon when it hailed. We were sitting on the mat for our mat session when the first episode began. Our mat sits up against a wall which is basically just a giant window. The hail stones bounced off the path right next to us. Of course this was way more fascinating than anything I had to say so the focus shifted to the hail.
It hailed twice more during the day. One of those times was during our lunch break. The children had managed to show quite a bit of restraint during the mat session but seeing how it was lunch time they ran outside to see the hail up close and personal. Our front door is under a verandah but the hail was coming in sideways and almost hitting our door. The children bent down and scooped up the hail from the mat. It was cold, round and shiny. They held it and watched it melt in their hands.
One child looked at the hail and asked, “But how did ice get there?” I told him it was a great question and asked if anyone knew the answer. We knew it had fallen from the sky so we talked about how rain falls from the sky. We talked about how to make ice and we decided that the rain must’ve gotten really cold and turned to ice. And you know, we may not have done the letter G in our fine motor skills books today but we learnt something new about the world we live in and that’s all that matters.