Thursday, March 26, 2015

Preamble Fun with Lichtenstein!

Today we were commemorating our timeline memory work with our dress up of New York's own Lady Liberty.  We also celebrated our history sentence for the week, by doing a Lichtenstein art project, that reflected our patriotism!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Fossil Fun!

Today we explored some fun with fossils and touched on catastrophism again!  There were three fun projects, some weather related jokes and a dual of the zebra's to decide who would make it on the Big Boat!  To end the day the kids created their own banana boat arks.  Join us as we explore the fun of fossils!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Pi Day Celebration!

For us, celebrating Pi Day was started three years ago by happenstance.  I heard on the radio that Pi day was being celebrated by a local restaurant, offering slices of pie for $3.14 that day…mentioning it to my WW Moms, two of us ended up going and we've celebrated each year since.  This year was a special Pi Day - it won't come again for 100 years!  So we did a party this time, and it was lots of fun.  

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Introducing the Science of Origins

The Science or Origins can be a scary thing to introduce to children, but we took it on anyway this week.  My goal was to help the kids tie together some of their science labs and expose them to arguments they will hear out in the world regarding Darwinism and Creationism.  I also highlighted some strengths and weaknesses for both arguments.  My main objective in the end however, was to have them walk away recognizing three things to be true…

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Gooey, Bubbly Elements & The Supreme Court!

Playing with chemical reactions is just too much fun to stop!  So…we decided to have one last go at the gooey, bubbly world of creating chemical reactions with elements!  We zoned in on two easy and high interest experiments today, as well as exploring the Supreme Court, through our dress-up theme.  Lastly, we expanded our review time - to support all those in our group going for Memory Master (8 kids), by rotating through review stations for the various subjects.  

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Element Concotions

This week we had a delayed start to Wonderful Wednesday, due to some unusual North Carolina snow!  The sun decided to come out, the temperatures warmed up, and we were able to still have some science fun together!  We made some very bubbly element concoctions, that were quite the hit and super easy!  Don't miss this week's fun…

Friday, February 27, 2015

Teaching Probabilities

So teaching probabilities is "probably" one of the least comfortable subjects to teach, next to the tin whistle.  You "probably" aren't even sure why it's thrown in here during cycle 3's final six week segment of science.  After all, isn't this math and what in the world does it have to do with science anyway?  It's taken me this second time through the cycle to see the big picture of why this segment is in there, and then how to simplify this for the kids and myself!  I wish I had found a simplified explanation of how to teach this to kids (and the why) - from a non-math persons' perspective, when we went through cycle 3 the first time.  Well, here is an explanation for all those out there like me, that want a simplified non-math persons' perspective on teaching probabilities for cycle 3...