Saturday, August 30, 2008
They loved watching them move about. They read that grasshoppers are herbivores, so they ran around collecting grass and leaves to feed them.
...but they did.
We had another visitor, too....
Today, the girls learned about lacrosse, the oldest known sport in North America. They had fun practicing throwing and catching with the lacrosse stick. It definitely requires good hand-eye coordination!!
Thursday, August 28, 2008
and the back.
- Woodrow Wilson
- James Madison
- Thomas Jefferson
- George Washington Carver
- Booker T. Washington
- Abraham Lincoln
- Andrew Jackson
- Benjamin Franklin
- Susan B. Anthony
- Hiram Ulysses Grant
- George Washington
- Maggie Walker
- Alexander Hamilton
- John F. Kennedy
- Franklin Roosevelt
- Dwight D. Eisenhower
Unfortunately, the Federal Reserve of Richmond is not accepting any new requests just now. They have a lot of orders to fill. But they suggest checking back occasionally to see if they are ready for new orders.
We brought the wildflower identification book and took turns figuring out which kind of flowers we found. We found Chicory, Red Clover, Queen Anne's Lace, False Sunflower, Canada Goldenrod, Great Blue Lobelia, Jewelweed, Prairie Dock, and Woodland Sunflower.
Here's a slideshow of our walk.
Enjoy some pictures of our walk in the slideshow below....
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
After the movie, the girls visited the movie web site Molly's World. They particularly loved listening to the old radio there.
They also played some games at AmericanGirl site for Molly.
At supper the girls talked about life in the mid 1940s. Georgia watched a video about WWII at BrainPop, and took the quiz, as well.
Afterwards we tried some shell math. I wrote out some simple addition problems and we worked together to find the answer. For example, for the problem 1+2= we would put one shell under the number 1 and two under the number 2. Then we would count them all together to find the answer. She still writes some numbers backwards or upside-down, but that is to be expected at this age.
After the math she traced and sketched the shells on paper and colored them.
Georgia has learned more about the Olympics and it's history. She read about the olive branch wreath and about the Olympic flag and what the rings and colors symbolize. She made a mini book about Greece. She took a quiz on what she learned. We found a lot of good activities at the Olympic section of Enchanted Learning. She's also made a mini book on China. Olivia colored a Chinese Flag. The girls both watched a BrainPop video on the Great Wall of China, and Georgia watched one on communism. Olivia made a mini book on Chinese Animals and on Chinese New Year. These were found in the China section of Enchanted Learning. We read about the history of chopsticks.
And we have watched more of the Olympics. Georgia has been following Phelps. She tells Mark all about it when he gets home. She also likes the running races. She'll say the countries that are competing in a race and who's first. She's recognizing more country flags through this, that's for sure. She's pretty good with geography, but if she's not sure where a country is she'll check the map on the wall. We also have a world map laminated placemat that we'll have beside us for quick reference. (Those placemats are really nice. We have one of the US Presidents, a Solar System one, and a United States map placemat. On the backs they have interesting facts. I believe we picked them up for under $1 each at Walmart a couple years ago. We don't always use them as placemats, but when we do the girls love to look them over and learn something new.)
Some Internet sites we checked out were:
Animal Record Breakers Photo Gallery
2008 Summer Games (Nat.Geo.)
Olympic Timeline (Funschool)
Olympic Quiz (Funschool)
Sports Jumble (Funschool)
Sports Around the World (Funschool)
The girls loved watching him crawl about and munch munch munch. We put in the tip of the corn he was found on and some things to crawl on. We didn't know if he was about to pupate or not. We thought we'd give him some options for a resting place.
Through our research we found out that he drops to the ground and buries himself about 5 to 10 cm. We emptied the jar and added some soil, then replaced the corn. We saw him digging around in it and then coming back to the surface. The next day he was gone! We hoped he had buried himself to pupate. We read that he would take about 2 weeks to complete his metamorphosis, so we marked the calendar and continued to monitor the jar.
Monday, August 18, 2008
Afterwards, the kids went outside to try some bug catching and identifying. The naturalist layed down a white sheet and showed the kids how to sweep with a net and use the sheet to find things. Georgia helped out with the class, teaching kids how to use the net if they had trouble.
Livy sweeping away.... They had some small clear bug boxes to put their finds. Olivia found a grasshopper, a cricket, an ant....
She was proud of her find! It was definitely the largest insect found that day.
The kids sat in a circle and passed around the bug boxes with the bugs that were caught. They talked about what family the insect belonged to and noted special features they had.