The children are continuing to learn more about the elements of drawing, following along line by line as the Academic Mentor leads them through the steps of drawing various objects and then spending some time on art appreciation to conclude the class.
Our guest today, Mary Fuller, brought her many talents as she explained about the orchestra, various instruments and showcased her clarinet, saxophone and voice. She even taught the kids a quick voice lesson on proper breathing. She teaches at Carolina School of Music and we were thankful to her for coming to share with us. The kids then headed outside to learn cats cradle, which is thought to have originated out of ancient China. They also continued to play Chinese jump rope and become better at this newly learned game from last week.
We were happy to welcome our new Latin Academic Mentor! She did a fantastic job on her first day and the kids all loved her. They are continuing to grow their Latin vocabulary and learning their noun endings. I've had a few kids tell me Latin is their favorite subject of the day!
It was lots of fun to teach this class again this week. I had our new Academic Mentor there with me, getting a feel for the class and she will be taking over in the coming weeks and will be fabulous! We started outside today in keeping with Great Book's poetry unit by reading some Science poetry (or better yet, why scientists aren't poets!) called Science Verse. Next, we read a book about the scientific method called 11 Experiments That Failed -which the kids thoroughly enjoyed, as you can see by the boy's faces above.
This week was our experiment week (we alternate weeks of nature study with experimentation). So today, we focused on expanding the ideas of observation and classification from last week's nature walk and then added the concept of hypotheses and predictions. The kids were given some materials for their Science Notebooks that would help them to remember the steps of the scientific method and prompts for writing them out during experiments.
We began with what will be a weekly activity for the kids. They looked at a photograph of an eminent event and then having the students write down one observation (something that is occurring right now), one prediction (something they think will happen as a result) and one inference (what they can reason as a conclusion or moral from the photo). This is to guide the kids in thinking about things based on evidence and logic.
Then still keeping with Great Book's poetry unit, we read a poem called The Elephant Poem and discussed the skills of observation and why it's important to collaborate in Science.
Lastly, we did a fun experiment to highlight the scientific method and introduce the idea of variables in Science. It was called making Elephant Toothpaste - after all we did just read about an Elephant!
It was a Wonderful Schole' day!