We have had some crazy weather lately, so we decided to do a unit on weather.
Today was no exception. Sunny & warm 1 minute, then dark & bad storms the next. And then not even 10 minutes later back to sunny & clear like nothing happened.
So we took these moments of rain to come in & start our unit. As expected today we started with rain.
We started with a basic “what is weather”. Then who studies weather. Next we talked about how they use tools to make their predictions. Next we talked about rain, precipitation, and how it is measured. And then we ended by making our own rain gauge.
(Caption: Tools. Rain gauge. And a picture of our rain gauge.)
Instructions for the Rain Gauge:
* 1 – 1 liter bottle.
* Sharp knife
* Cut off top of bottle (around 4″ or so)
* Turn the top upside down & place it into the bottle.
* Line up the edges & tape in place.
* Use a ruler to mark intervals on the side of bottle. (0 at the bottom & go as high as you like).
* Place it outside & wait for rain.
A did a great job paying attention and engaged. (Took about 20 minutes). But of course the sun was back out by the time we were done. But now we are prepared for the next rain!
Today after school we decided it would be a great day to do our 3 Little Pigs Activity.
To prep for this I wrote down my ideas, did a bit of searching, and came up with my ideas. Here I have a few options depending on time & how it is going. The nice thing about this is I now have some ideas set for future days if needed. 🙂
Categories: Art, Books, Homeschool, Science
Tags: Activities, Art, Cooperation, Events, Fine Motor, Follow Directions, Friends, Homeschool, Kids
We enjoyed another one of our Kiwi Crates today. This one was about arcade games. A was so excited about this she started it first thing in the morning in her PJ’s. 🙂 The first step she started was creating a pom pom guy.
Our space exploration continues. Today we finally had some time to break out our paint. With our Kiwi Crate there were watercolor stickers of each of the planets. After reading the story that came with the kit, we talked about what each of the planets looked like (& had pictures for reference). Then A proceeded to paint the planets. S also painted some pictures.
We got a new Kiwi Crate the other day. This time I decided to use it as part of a larger Project Based Learning unit. So we started off with sitting on the stairs & “seeing that our house has floated into space”. Then the (pretend) phone rang and it was mission control asking A & S for their help in building a rocket ship & exploring space. In addition to their rocket ship they also built their Control center.
You’ve got to try this! All you need is: milk, food coloring, cotton swab, & rubbing alcohol!
We got the book Exploring Kitchen Science for Christmas. Last week I pulled it out & let A look through it & pick out some she would like to try.
Today we tried the Rainbow Explosion. This was a great experiment because: we had all of the ingredients at home, prep was little, & results were immediate. Before we started we made predictions about what would happen.
A has been asking about doing an experiment. So after a quick Pinterest search I found this fun looking one. (A likes things that combine water, food coloring, & some mess, so this looked perfect!) We took a short clear glass, added some water, topped it with regular foam shaving cream, & then slowly added drops of food coloring. Through trial & error we learning that less shaving cream makes the experiment go faster.
We experimented with colors, amounts, stirring. And then as we saw it start to drip through, we talked about rain clouds.
What a fun experiment! SKILLS: Fine Motor, color mixing, rain.
A found an empty water bottle & wanted to put stuff in it. She started with a rock & then wanted to add water, so we did. Which of course lead to the discussion of, “what happened” & “why”. (It sunk & because it is small). Which lead to other objects being put in & making guesses as to what would happen.
It was fun watching them make guesses, usually based on what happened before. Then they started shaking it, which lead to observations & discussions about was happening. Fun, impromptu exploring life!
SKILLS: Observations, Predictions, Float/Sink.
I have been trying out events and activities that correspond to a business idea I am working on. We have now successfully hosted two. (See details of our first here).
This event was Peep Catapults! After we had it all set up outside, mother nature decided to change our plans so we hurried and moved it all inside.
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Today was our magical Leprechaun rock hunt.
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