Barefoot in Suburbia

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Posts are coming… September 27, 2011

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This week’s posts will be a little late.  The kids decided to play hide-and-go-seek with my USB cord to connect the camera to the computer.  I’m just not as good at this game as they think I should be…the cord’s been missing for a few days.

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2nd grade week in review September 19, 2011

Art:  Both of Jedi’s art lessons this week involved clay.  In the first lesson, he used clay to make a seal…a raised object on a textured slab of clay.  Jedi made a giraffe.  In the second lesson, Jedi learned about art on pottery.  In order to do this, first he made a clay pot, and then he painted some figures on it in black paint.

Jedi's clay seal--he put a giraffe as his seal.

 

Working on his pinch pot. Once it dried, he painted small figures on it.

 

Math: In math, we continued our work on the addition table, this time working on doubles (2 + 2, 4 + 4, etc.) and near doubles (2 + 3, 4 + 5, etc.).  We also worked on odd & even numbers.

Working on his addition table

 

Working on "odd" and "even". The tiles helped him to see what happens when you add an odd number to an odd number, an even number to an even number, and an odd number to an even number.

 

Life Science: This week, we finished our unit on worms.  We used one of our composing words and conducted experiments with him to see if worms like light or dark (by covering half of a pan with foil and leaving half open to see what side he preferred), sweetness (by putting some ice cream on the pan and seeing how the worm responded), chemicals (by putting some vinegar near the worm), hot or cold (by putting a warm towel and a cool towel under him and seeing which one he preferred), and smooth or rough (by putting a piece of sandpaper on the tray).  For each test, except for the vinegar, the worm had half of his body on the control and half on the experimental part.  We then observed which direction the worm went–towards the control or towards the experiment.  We found out the worm liked dark, cool, rough, and sweet.  And did NOT like vinegar.

Jedi's worm for the test

 

Testing if the worm likes light or dark

 

Using sandpaper to test if the worm likes smooth or rough

 

Geography: In order to test how animals survive in arctic climates, we filled a bowl of ice water.  Jedi placed one hand in the ice water to see how it felt (he didn’t keep it in very long!)  With his other hand, we put a plastic bag on his hand, and then filled another plastic bag with shortening.  We then put that 2nd bag over his bagged hand and molded the fat layer around his hand.  Then, he stuck his hand in the ice water and didn’t feel any of the cold!

Jedi's hand in a bag of shortening. He then dipped his wrapped hand and his unwrapped hand into the ice water to see what each felt like.

 

History: This week, we began our work on ancient India & the Indus Valley.  The big thing that Jedi learned was that villagers in Ancient Egypt could use the sea and rivers to trade with the villagers in Ancient India.  We also learned about Mohenjo-Daro and the fact that the city perished with no known reason.

English: Jedi continued his daily journaling.  He also worked on words ending in ‘ng’ and ‘nk’.

Chemistry: We began learning about the periodic table this week in chemistry.  Jedi used marshmallows to make the first 10 elements on the periodic table–pink marshmallows were protons, large white ones were neutrons, and small white ones were electrons.

Using small white marshmallows, large white marshmallows, and large pink marshmallows to form the protons, neutrons, and electrons of the first 10 elements in the periodic table.

 

Close-up of a few of the elements

 

Montessori Monday

Bitty Bug is 2 years 8 months old.  Monkey is 4 years 7 months old

Here is a review of Bug & Monkey’s week in the Montessori room.

Bug working with her rainbow stacker

 

Bug working with a screwdriver

 

Bug building the pink tower

 

Jedi giving Monkey a geography lesson. Monkey wanted to know where Ohio, Vietnam, Russia, and Antarctica were.

 

Bug working on the natural objects & cards matching

 

Bug using toaster tongs to transfer pom poms to a mini muffin tin

 

Bug using a spoon to transfer shells from one bowl to the other

 

Pouring sand from one pitcher to the other

 

Monkey polishing shoes. To do this work, I laid out several different brushes (a soft tooth brush, a stiffer brush, and then a very stiff nail brush).

 

Bug polishing shoes. Because regular shoe polish is highly toxic, I wanted an all natural solution that is safe for skin and in case a little one accidentally got some in her mouth. I mixed 2 parts lemon juice with one part olive oil for a super safe shoe polish.

 

Pouring the water in the little bowl to rinse the dirt off the shoes. The girls *loved* the shoe polishing work. They now have some very clean looking shoes. 🙂 I think they worked on just that one work for hours!

 

The basket of geometric solids--we worked on cylinder, pyramid, and prism

 

Using toaster tongs to build a tower of cubes

 

Bug using a funnel to pour water into a small necked jar

 

Monkey using the spindle box

 

Monkey was on a big counting kick last week...here she is with the numerals & counters

 

Tet Trung Thu September 14, 2011

Monday, September 12th, was the Vietnamese holiday Tet Trung Thu, which is also known as the Mid-Autumn Festival.  Because Monkey is Vietnamese, we try to honor as many of the Vietnamese holidays as possible.  We also try to take that opportunity to teach her a little more about her birth culture.  Here’s how our family celebrated Tet Trung Thu this year….

 

Because of gluten, dairy, nut, and egg allergies, we can't order our mooncakes, and I have to adapt recipes to fit. But, here is my attempt at mooncakes this year. 🙂

 

The inside....it's tofutti cream cheese and then a cocoa powder & date paste. We ate them by the light of the harvest moon.

 

The kids making their papier mache masks (children in Vietnam wear special masks on Tet Trung Thu)

 

The masks waiting to dry

 

After the papier mache dried, the kids painted their masks with tempura paint.

 

The final products!

 

Making and decorating lanterns

 

Jedi doing a little woodworking and making a small wooden dragon

 

Jedi & Monkey with their dragons

 

Getting ready to have our own little parade around the neighborhood by moonlight

 

Bug, complete with some maracas (not sure why they grabbed those, but they were fun to have along!) and a princess costume (which is completely and utterly Bug at her finest...always in a princess dress.)

 

The beautiful harvest moon

 

Processing around the cul-de-sac

 

My cute little girls...

 

Remember that project I was working on during the camping trip?

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I mentioned in August that during our family camping trip to the lake, we ended up working on a very special project…before the weekend was over, we needed to find every letter of the alphabet in nature.

Well…

I finally got that project printed, mounted, and put in the school room!

The completed project, up on the school room wall.

 

A close-up

 

Nature Study: Praying Mantis

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As the summer draws to a close, we find ourselves outside after dark quite a bit…mainly because we still have a lot of things to get done outdoors and it gets dark before 8:30 now!  Recently, we were working in the flower gardens getting them ready for fall planting.  While we were working, the kids were very excited to come across this little (or rather, not so little) one….

 

Pretty praying mantis walking across the flower bed.

 

She was really quite long too!

 

Monkey watching the praying mantis in a bucket (and hoping it doesn't jump up into her face...)

 

 

Montessori Monday September 12, 2011

 

Bitty Bug is 2 years 8 months old.  Monkey is 4 years 7 months old.

Most of this week’s work had to do with patriotism and September 11th, which I already posted about here: http://montessori.barefootinsuburbia.com/?p=1334  So, I only have a few other pictures of Monkey and Bug’s week in review for the post this week…

Monkey working on dry pouring with sand

 

Bug hammering shapes into the cork board using tacks and a wooden hammer

 

Bug working with her shapes board.

 

For one of the last weeks of summer, I put a matching work using a card with a picture and a word on it, and then the actual object.