Saturday, January 24, 2015

Snow Science and Some Fun

What brings more joy to my kids than playing in the snow? I'm not sure and when temperatures plummet and it is just too cold to go out, what better thing to do than to bring the snow inside for some experimenting and some fun.

First, we put snow into different cups and put one in the fridge, one in the freezer, and one on the counter. Will they all melt? In what order will they melt?

Next, we used snow to learn about the 3 states of matter. We managed to turn it into, liquid from the solid state, and then to gas and back to solid. And that made us think of another.

Why didn't our liquid turn back into snow? When we put it outside, it turned to ice!! Well we took some ice cubes and made some guesses about how much snow it would take to be an equal amount of water when it melted.

Snow has lots more air mix in it than ice does. Li guessed way 2.5 cm more snow than the ice cube had. Jo-Jo guessed 1.5 cm less and Ceesa guessed 2 cm. less. Tricky snow.

Hi Baby Wheel! You've woke up. Do you want to play in the snow?

Why is it that Momma always says don't eat that snow!! Lets see where the snow is the cleanest?

What happens when we add salt to snow? Why do they put it on the roads around here anyway?

And then it was time to make some snowmen. Only indoors.

I'd say it was a pretty good snow ice day!

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Preschool & Kindergarten Mathematics: Measurement

Measuring with rulers and string becomes second nature to kids when you measure just anything that you come across.

Measuring sort of became an obsession with ours after we started measuring each other.

When we moved onto the ruler, we just measured to the nearest inch to begin.

Lining things up with the bottom and seeing the top of where the object measures can be difficult. We use a pencil to line up the end of the item, so that it is easier to read the ruler.

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Joyful Moments: Oatmeal Raspberry Bars with the Cooking & Baking Kit

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Homemade Wooden Boat

This was Wheel's first Christmas and Poppa made him a wooden boat.

He plays with it a lot and even makes little motor noises when he plays with it.

You can make your own by following the measurements above. Poppa used about 2 feet of red elm, 2 1/2 inch wooden dowel rod, 4 wood screws, and wood glue.

1) Cut your boards.
2) Drill the hole for the dowel rod.
3) Screw the top two pieces together with the screw heads at the bottom.
4) Then attach those to the large piece from the bottom.
5) Use wood glue to affix the dowel rod.

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