Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Dear friends, I’m very busy and I don’t have an easy access to products that are sometimes required to create a dough or a slime. So when I discovered this 2-ingredient cloud dough from Happy Hooligans, I was ecstatic! To make a moon sand or cloud dough, you just need a lot of plain flour and baby oil. That’s just it! Check the site for the measurements, the outcome was fantastic!
Sunday, March 27, 2016
Vito is 28 months old.
We have an amazing full moon during Holy Week so I encouraged the boys to the paint the moon. I can’t believe that it turned out so beautiful and realistic! The craters are naturally formed and the color combination of paints were fantastic. The best part about this is that it’s so simple to make!
Wednesday, November 4, 2015
I love simple and easy to prepare experiments. That’s why when we received a Janice VanCleave’s book as present last year, I was so elated! I love her books of experiments! So we are trying some of it and so far the boys are enjoying it!
Objective: To simulate the twinkling of stars in sky.
1. Crumple your square foil and place it on a table or on a floor.
2. Fill your clear bowl with tap water and place it on top of the crumpled foil.
3. Darken the room by turning off the lights. Hold the torch or flashlight above the bowl. Distance from the bowl is about 12 inches.
4. Observe the foil through the undisturbed water.
5. Now using your pencil, tap the surface of the water gently. Observe the foil through the moving water.
The light rays reflecting from the foil when there was a movement in water appears to blur or twinkle.
The movement of the water causes the depth of the water to vary. The light rays twinkle because they bend or refract in different direction when it passed through the different depths of water.
This is similar to the light rays of the stars. They appear to be twinkling when you are observing from earth because they refract differently as the light rays move through the different thickness of air in the atmosphere. Scientifically, this twinkling phenomenon is called ‘scintillation’.
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Source: Janice VanCleave Astronomy
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Friday, July 10, 2015
I’ve been planning this unit since last month because I wanted to prepare ahead of time. We’ve done A LOT of space unit in the past and I wanted to upgrade the lesson, add something new for Mavi to learn. So right now, I’m sharing our Space Study for this year. I’m also putting a bunch of links from our previous lessons and activities for your reference. I hope you find this post helpful.
Space and Solar System
A look at the Northern and Southern Sky
We looked into the constellations of stars seen in the northern and southern hemisphere. This is to make Mavi aware that there are stars that can be seen in the northern part of the world but not visible on the other side.
Stars and Constellations
Space Exploration History
I made chronological cards of the space exploration history. The pictures and the fact cards were all taken and referenced from Wikipedia and Wiki Commons. Though Mavi can read this straight from the sight, I wanted to have something tangible and something that we can work on, like arranging the timeline and matching it with objects.
The cards I created contains the year and a title of the major event that occurred in that year. The description is very much readable by kids though there were a few words that Mavi couldn’t pronounce well or he needed to ask me for the meaning. Such a good material to improve reading skills, spelling and vocabulary!
After which, I showed him how we can arrange the cards according to their timeline. This gives him a visual presentation of the order of events.
So if you wanted to have a copy of the cards for Space History Timeline, click here for the link.
Parts of a Space Shuttle
The parts of a space shuttle is something that Mavi really looked forward too. Oh boy he was so happy that I made him another “flying object”. The first one was the Airplane Nomenclature Cards, and here’s the newest Space Shuttle Nomenclature Cards. This is based on the NASA’s space shuttle design. Using the cards, a child will learn the different parts of a space shuttle. I wrote the parts’ functions in a notebook because I was out of ink.
To get a copy of the Space Shuttle Nomenclature Cards, click here.
Now, this is something I prepared for both of the boys to play with. Xavi had his own Letter S: Star Unit study last week so I it was timely that I prepared this Space Sensory Tub for the boys. Figures are from Safari Toob Space, homemade PlayDoh planets and homemade Earth felt.
Sunday, July 5, 2015
Download your FREE copy of Space Shuttle 3-part cards! Hope you like it. Enjoy!
Saturday, July 4, 2015
To appreciate the study of stars and the outer space, we looked into the constellations and understand how people of long time ago used to interpret them. As we all know, constellations were made up by astronomers, travellers, farmers and ancient people to identify stars: basically to tell the directions, seasons and weather. So Mavi and I explored some of the known constellations, learned when do they appear and identify their brightest star.
Our materials for the study includes a homemade constellations of stars and FantaColour Peg Board.
The FantaColour Peg Board was used by Mavi to recreate each constellation…
…and identify their brightest stars.
Ursa Major, Ursa Minor and Polestar (Big Dipper, Small Dipper and Polestar)
|Common Name||The Scorpion|
|This constellation contains some of the most spectacular stars, nebulae and star clusters. Closest to Milky Way|
|Best time to see||After sunset of April to September|
|Common Name||The Lion|
|Lies afar from the band of Milky Way.|
|Best time to see||After sunset of February to June|
|Common Name||The Archer|
|This has a vivid constellation and lies in the southern half of the sky. It is rich in star clusters and nebulae. This constellation shines brightly because the middle of the Milky Way lies in its borders.|
|Best time to see||After sunset of July to October|
|Brightest Star||Kaus Australis|
|Common Name||The Hunter|
|This is the brightest and most popular constellations in the entire sky. It is exceptional since it can be seen from both the North and South Poles.|
|Best time to see||After sunset of December to March|
|Common Name||The Bull|
|The constellation looks like the front of a mighty bull charging towards the Orion.|
|Best time to see||After sunset of November to February|
|Common Name||The Swan|
|This constellation contains many fascinating stars and nebulae. The pattern creates a distinct cross (known also as the Northern Cross)|
|Best time to see||After sunset of July to November|
We are continuously learning about space. Currently, we’re looking at the chronological timeline of space exploration history and how space shuttles work. This has been a very fruitful topic for Mavi, and I am learning a lot as well! More posts about Space Study coming up in the next few days. Stay tuned!
Thursday, February 27, 2014
My son completed his mini project of our Solar System unit and he finally got to display it in his room. It was a simple project for my 5 years old, something that I made him work during the midterm break.
I mentioned this previously in my post that we're going to plot the planets in a black craft paper. First thing, he placed all the INNER PLANETS. My son memorizes the order so I made he did all the work here. I decided that it would be best to label the planets so he can memorize the spelling.
As you can see, we added "asteroids" after Mars.
Then he continued with the OUTER PLANETS.
When everything is in place, he added stars (stickers).
And we both stick it on the wall using blutacks. And look how pretty it is! He was so happy how it turned out. He felt proud of what he has accomplished! And I have to say that the use of foil in planets made such a huge difference!! Now this is art and learning combined :)