Saturday, October 30, 2010
Here are some of the books we used this week.
We learned about several different kinds of spiders and what kinds of webs they use. As well as, how they use camouflage, and how beneficial they are to humans and the environment.
Conventiently enough, the library had a presentation scheduled with our local nature center and the guests of honor were...spiders! I love those kind of "coincidences"!
Monday, October 25, 2010
This is a game that all the kids enjoyed. It was quick and easy to make and inexpensive too, which is always a plus!
All you need are some ping pong balls and colored markers. The object of the game is to bounce the "eyeballs" into the pumpkin or in Rider's case- to throw them all over the house! Its harder than you might think...unless you play Rider's version. Ha!
The boys have laughed and laughed about this one. It was another idea from Jenn's blog.
Josh's turned out perfect --right down to his purple pants!
We also made these pumpkin and ghost decorations for the front yard. They were so easy and turned out sooo cute.
There was also a hay slide which the kids really enjoyed. As you can see, there were threats of rain and thunderstorms but fortunately the storm came before and after our 3 hours there. Yeah!!!!
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Each week we will add body parts to our life size mural. Micah decided he would volunteer for the tracing while Noah took the pictures.
These are a few of the books we read to learn more about this amazing part of our bodies.
We finished up the week with some fun experiments.
This first one is called "Reading Rainbows" . We read the words on the list as fast as we could and then we read the list again saying the color that the word was written in. Which one is easier to do?
Explanation: Different areas of the brain have different jobs and it sends the info to two different places so your brain gets confused. The dominant part of your brain is the part that understands language so it is easier to name the color that the word spells out.
We tried "Think Fast, Act Faster" to see how long it takes for our bodies to react to messages from our brain.
And of course, we had to try to spin like a top and learn about how our bodies balance themselves...all in the name of science!!!
Micah taking his turn. We had to try this one about 10 times to make sure our research was accurate. ** smiles**
We also learned that not only do we have a dominant hand but that we also have a dominant eye. The boys were also very interested to find out that the left side of the brain controls the right side of the body and vice versa.
This is the book we are using for a lot of the experiments we will be doing over the entire unit. It has some great ideas with easy to gather materials which is a must around here!
- How observant are you?
We also checked out some optical illusions online and talked about how and why they work.
We had a great week and the boys are looking forward to next weeks topic....the heart!