Before we leave Turkey completely, let me just show you my beach art – inspired by someone elses artwork using pebbles on the beach….
It was absolutely deluging with rain outside, so unfortunately we couldn’t experience water at the lake or the river, as I had originally intended.
So, instead, we experimented with water inside. We first talked about how much water we had on earth, how it was the most important thing on earth and why, how it tasted, smelled and what it looked like.
We then went to talk about how it reacted, first comparing water to our sand marble runs we made last week. What would water do? It would run down. Why? Because of gravity. What did we need to combine the sand in to a stronger shape? We needed water. Water reacts with materials, changing it’s form.
Then we tried two experiments, both to do with the above facts. The first was seeing how water ran downwards, by the scrunching of paper, and using pipettes and coloured water to drop on the paper, see the rivers it makes, and open it up to see the ‘art work’. The fun part was using two different types of paper – normal printing paper, and watercolour paper, to see which held the water the longest. The watercolour paper was by far the strongest!
We then tested how water could change materials, by using cornflour, and making oobleck. Such a successful experiment with the Monday group, I wanted to try it with this group too. And they loved it! 😄
Some of the students were away this week on holiday and at concerts, so we had a small group. 😄
This week we were looking at F.
This included a trip to the frog pond..
With fish, we visited a pet shop, observed the fish, bought fish food, and some treasures for their tank, came home, and cleaned out our own fish…
We have also read some factual books about frogs…
‘Purple, green and yellow’ is just a brilliant book. I love it!
I originally bought it for Alfie, who has always spent hours drawing and loves to collect pens – and he loved it!
And I think I love it more than anyone! It’s just fabulous!
About a little girl who just really loves colouring pens so much, and convinces her mum to buy her some, but eventually her obsession with colouring pens goes too far, and crazy, mad things start to happen!
Of course, any great book has to have back up activities, and Ted and I did lots!
Making our own colouring books…
I always try to mark Saint Patricks day with something. It doesn’t exist in Sweden, but over the years my kids have known of its existence through me, so we continue to ‘celebrate’ it, in our tiny ways.
This year I have been reading stories to Alfie about various Saints, so I was specific to read to him the story of St Patrick (this time found on the internet).
Usually we also read the book ‘Jack and the Leprechaun’, and put out our very own leprechaun Liam, and his rainbow…
Most years Liam the leprechaun leaves his ‘footprints’, getting up to tricks such as green milk, and shamrocks in our shoes, or leaving a trail of shamrocks to find some ‘gold’ (money or chocolate coins) at the end of the rainbow….
….but this year, with me being unwell, Liam was kind, and just left some chocolate coins tied up in a rainbow coloured ‘coffee filter’….
Last week we had our second lesson on fire.
We started the lesson with an experiment. Three candles (stuck in playdough for safety) in a metal tray – what does fire need?
We put a glass over one candle, and the fire went out : Fire needs air!
We sit in a circle in the dark, with a candle in the middle. We all have a match. The first person lights the match on the matchbox, and then each person in the circle, in turn, lights their match from the last person’s – the last person in the circle lighting the candle in the middle.
The kids loved this (and it was evident which kids had been scouts, and were safe with fire!), and we each had a turn lighting the first match, and then lighting the candle….
…..before going on to do observational drawings (using either oil pastels or chalks) of our own candles…
It started with a ‘maths’ table ; hearts with numbers on, red sand to write numbers in, beads and pipe cleaners for threading….
As yet, Ted doesn’t recognise his numbers very well, but just seeing and playing with numbers will give him a better grasp.
Lots of fun! ❤️❤️❤️