Over the years, my son and I have spent countless hours wondering, pondering, discussing and researching his weather related questions. Google, library books, documentaries, movies...you name it, we've watched it, read it, utilized it.
So imagine my thrill when one of the moms from our local unschooling group facilitated a meeting for our weather-minded kiddos with Notre Dame Meterologist, Ed Bensman! Mr. Bensman was kind enough to agree to meet up with our little group and share his vast knowledge, experience and passion for the weather. He came prepared, bringing along scads of colorful maps, a small globe (to better illustrate how the seasons change, why the sun "sets" and the cycles of the moon), and a great big bucket to demonstrate how a tornado works.
Mr. Bensman shared lots of information with the kids (and us curious moms) and patiently answered all of our questions (way better than google or youtube ever could). We talked about how the seasons change, tornadoes, the cycles of the moon, tornadoes, wind, tornadoes, how snowflakes form, tornadoes, thunderstorms and lightning, tornadoes, cloud formation and rain, tornadoes, hurricanes, tornadoes, dust devils and...tornadoes.
|Water tornado in a bucket!|
|Zach's friend Elijah, |
ND Meteorologist Ed Bensman,