Sunday, February 15, 2009
Olivia made hers with turkey pepperoni, Georgia made a cheese pizza with three turkey pepperonis in the shape of a heart in the center, Mark's was turkey pepperoni and jalapenos, and mine was shrimp and pineapple. YUM!
Of course we had leftover pizza for lunch the next day!
Yesterday Georgia had her nature class and it was called "Winter Tracking". They learned more about tracking animals, including how to identify scat. They learned how to tell a story about the animal they tracked, and what it was doing or where it was going. She recieved a mammals of Ohio field guide to keep.
Yesterday we also went for a winter hike. No snow this time. We did find a lot of trash to pick up. We had a lot of strong winds recently, which is probably where most of the big trash came from. We also heard a lot of birds as we walked through the woods. It was a cold and overcast day, so we didn't stay out too long.
Saturday, February 7, 2009
She started by making a cone shape out of newspaper. We cut it to measure about 8 inches tall. She told me that for measuring horses they use hands, and the adult hand is roughly 4 inches wide, so she used my hand and cut the top at 2 hands. We taped the cone and filled it with the newspaper we cut off. Then she crumpled newspaper into a ball and taped it on top to be the mummy's head. She also folded the point of the cone and taped it to look like the feet.
We let the mummy dry overnight. The next day she drew a design and started painting. She still has more painting to do before her mummy is complete. I'll post pictures when it's finished.
Olivia had her nature class on Thursday. A naturalist from a neighboring nature center visited and brought some birds with her. She taught the kids what physical features are found on birds, adaptations, behavior, etc. This class was a little shorter than usual. Her regular naturalist just had a baby and is off being a mom for the first time!
That did, however, spark an interest in the origin of calendar names, which then sparked even more interest in the history of time keeping traditions. Here are some of the sites we visited:
Announcing the Sky Calendars through the Ages, astronomical origins, year, week, calendar name origins.
Walk Through Time From the National Institute of Standards and Technology, The evolution of time measurement through the ages.
Official US Time just click a time zone.
Calendar Origins "answers to many questions about calendars"Current Moon Phase for the northern hemisphere. will be a full moon in a couple days.
Calendars: Counting the Days from the World Book Encyclopedia.
Monday, February 2, 2009
We played with a virtual volcano, changing variables and seeing the effect it has on the eruption.
Learned more about volcanoes from FEMA...
and at National Geographic Kids.
And we watched the BrainPop video on volcanoes.
After that, the girls had fun playing with the variables of an avalanche and seeing the results on National Geographic's Unleash an Avalanche.
Georgia brought in her arrowhead that was found at her great grandmother's house.
She also bought a dinosaur excavation activity from the gift shop. She needs to dig for the bones and then put the skeleton together. They are supposed to glow in the dark, too. She's found most of the bones, but still needs to put it together when she finds the rest.