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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Here is a review of Bug & Monkey’s week in the Montessori room.
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….
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.
I finally got that project printed, mounted, and put in the school room!
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…