Thursday, 22 January 2015

Moon Activities

The first week back after a break is always hard interesting. To make the transition easier I chose some hands on science activities to fit in with our space theme.

Last week was all about the Moon so I had to review craters for Rose when she asked 'why has the Moon got spots?'

We started with a bowl of flour then put a cling film atmosphere across the top,

when she threw the meteors in they didn't get to the surface because it was protected - I quickly explained that Earth is protected by our atmosphere and the meteors generally get burned up by the atmosphere.

Next we removed the 'atmosphere' because the Moon doesn't have one, threw our meteors and observed the crater 'spots' it made.

We recapped how they used the Moon to discover the Earth was round.

Then did a Moon cycle presentation. It started with an orange...

... we held up to the light to show how the side away from the light was in shadow.

We placed our globe (Earth) in the middle of the table and drew a circle around in chalk to show the Moons orbit, placed our Sun in position

then we were ready to introduce all the phases - the New Moon (when the Moon is between the Earth and Sun) appears as a dark circle because all we see the shadow half.

The first quarter etc.

Next we memorised our terms - Waxing, when the lit area of the moon is growing smaller. Waning, when the lit area of the moon is growing larger. Gibbous, when more than quarter of the moon is lit. Crescent, when less than half of the moon is lit. A good rule is Waxing is the right side and Waning is the left.

Then the older three did a write up

while Rose coloured in and worked on a phases puzzle.

She finished by playing 'match the phase' with Tulip.

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

You gotta love homeschool when...

.... a sentence leads to over half an hour of child led research :)

The girls were reading their Learn Something Every Day book when they stumbled on this one, 

shocked faces prompted them to search and find a reason for this - apparently it has something to do with cats not digesting their food fully and there being lots of protein left in their feces.

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Learning with daddy - math apples

Gotta love when hubby is working from home - just overheard him giving Rose an impromptu division lesson along the lines of "if we have 12 apples shared out between teddy and I, how many would we have each?"

They now have a veritable feast of apples and teddies at the table. My favourite question so far was "there are 8 apples and 6 teddies, how many apples do they get each?"

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Holiday Homeschool - Roman Numbers Game

I created a hands-on math game for the girls this week.

I took three pennies (I), a five pence piece (V), three ten pence pieces (X), one fifty pence (L) and three pound coins (C) and stuck a sticker on each with the corresponding Roman numeral (you only need one five pence and one fifty pence because you never have more than one V or L consecutively.
You have three of the others as you don't need more than three consecutive I's, X's or C's when writing Roman numbers)

After a quick recap of the rules.

  1. C can only be subtracted from D or M
  2. Only I, X, C and M can be subtracted - V, L and D cannot
  3. I can only be subtracted from V or X
  4. X can only be subtracted from L or C

I called out various numbers for the girls to 'create' - here Lilly is creating 37.

They finished by writing up the rules, drawing around the coins and making posters. All except for Rose who decided to stick the actual coins down.

cheat sheet 

Monday, 8 December 2014

My Christmas Dilema

We went to a wreath building workshop last Friday where they showed the kids how to make wreaths and bows.

I now have four wreaths and one front door, so as a compromise I have decorated our gates early for Christmas - both inside and out - but still have no wreath for my front door : )

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