Wednesday, September 30, 2015
We just got out a bunch of yogurt cups, filled them halfway with water, and began mixing together different colors of tempera paint.
What happens when we mix yellow and orange?
It's art! It's science! It's both!
And the possibilities are endless...
A lot of our school time is spent doing this kind of play. It's so good for the kids, because, not only are they inspired by the vibrant colors, but they are making their own discoveries and soaking them up like a sponge. I'm just there to help them along; to help them accomplish what they want to accomplish.
It's not like I put on my low teacher voice and say, Okay, kids. Today we are going to learn about The Scientific Method. Instead, they say, "What happens if I mix this color and that color?" and I say, "What color do you think it will make?" and they guess what they think it will be. And then we find out what it really is. We have so much fun learning and discovering together!
Saturday, September 26, 2015
He was getting really good at arranging & building slides on his own, except for needing my help sticking them together. (There are tiny pieces and they are tricky to take apart & put together.)
After building a few different playgrounds I suggested maybe we could build some cars. Rowan loved that idea. He quickly got busy picking out cogs for wheels, and other parts.
Soon after, we had built this carriage-looking car, and a 6 wheeled bus!
Fynn came along and made himself a bicycle.
We sure had a lot of fun!
Monday, September 21, 2015
Rowan can't wait for pumpkins this fall, so I had to tell him that September is all about sunflowers and apples. After that, October will be all about the pumpkins; and November too, so we're almost there, buddy!
I made him a September calendar so he can count down the days. He loves it!
As you can see, I made a collage at the top of sunflowers, apples, golden wheat, and some other things you might find this late-summer-early-fall season. I used apple cutouts that were leftover from a name game we did last year. Rowan (and sometimes Fynn) gets to put up an apple each day.
I had Rowan help me make hanging golden sunflowers from cardboard and paper bags. He helped wrap strings around them and painted some of them.
|Painted by Rowan|
|Rowan's & My Sunflower|
...And also... some Apple Play-dough! Red and green.
|Rowan's "Uranus Cookie"|
Oh yeah, one more thing. We've just started Lighthouse Family Schoolin' videos on YouTube! For recipes to our sunflower and apple play-dough, check it out!
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
"Good," said Fynn. "I'm about ready for a cheetah race."
"And I'm about ready for a hippo race," said Rowan.
So we made it a field trip.
Right away we saw one of Rowan's favorite animals: Bunny. He chased him.
Fynn spotted a wild red fox who darted under a drain tunnel.
And we saw Lord Shen, the peacock.
|Lego lily pads|
|Rowan is "taking a shower like Spiderman".|
|How far can you jump?|
What were our favorite animals? All of them!