Freddie the Frogcaster: Using Children’s Books to Teach about Weather

From the Show: Naturally Savvy
Summary: Thunderstorms, tornadoes and hurricanes can be quite scary for kids, especially if they don't understand what's going on.
Air Date: 10/1/14
Duration: 10
Host: Andrea Donsky, RHN and Lisa Davis, MPH
Guest Bio: Janice Dean, meteorologist
Known as the “Weather Machine,” author Janice Dean has been forecasting the weather on Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network since 2004. She is a trained meteorologist and was awarded the American Meteorology Society Seal of Approval for her keen skills in forecasting and presenting the weather. Before Fox, Dean fostered her broadcasting career as a DJ, anchor, and host.

Dean, mother of two young boys, enjoys sharing her love of science with kids and adults alike. She lives in the New York City area.
  • Book Title: Freddie the Frogcaster and the Big Blizzard
  • Guest Facebook Account: https://www.facebook.com/JaniceDean
  • Guest Twitter Account: @janicedean
Freddie the Frogcaster: Using Children’s Books to Teach about Weather
Kids just seem to remember things better if they're having fun while learning.

There aren't a lot of resources out there to help kids learn about the weather and atmosphere, though, such as why a thunderstorm, tornado or hurricane happens or what sort of weather "ingredients" are needed for a blizzard.

These are all huge weather events that affect children, all the time. They can also be quite scary if kids don't understand what's going on. Learning about weather can take the "scare" out.

This is one big reason why meteorologist, Janice Dean, started writing her Freddie the Frogcaster books.

Not only do the books go over different types of weather events, but they also teach key lessons like "it's best to be prepared at all times," and "hard work pays off"... some of the BIG lessons of life; but also more specific things like how to put together emergency preparedness kits.

Weather is the one thing that connects us all, and reading to your kids can help make a connection with them as well.

Join Janice as she shares more about Freddie the Frogcaster and how you can make learning fun for your child.