Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Graveyard for our Annual Monster Mash.
I am looking forward to other things I will challenge myself with due to the love of my kids and trying new things.
What things have you tried that have been a challenge to you? Comment and let me know.
Sunday, March 27, 2011
So why oh why did I not search a bit harder and look for a Green Shirt, this question I will ask myself many times. Such a little thing for me, but so important to him. Live and Learn.
Friday, March 25, 2011
Some fun facts about Dirt:
• Did you know that earthworms eat dirt?
• Did you know that rain and snow help to create dirt?
• Did you know that most dirt is made up of tiny pieces of rock?
• Did you know that dirt can be of different colors including red and yellow?
• Did you know that some types of monkeys eat dirt?
• Did you know that some of the dirt in your backyard may be about 1,000 years old?
• Did you know that there can be more than a million earthworms in one acre (little bigger than a football field) of land?
• Did you know that it can take hundreds or thousands of years to make just one inch of dirt or soil?
• Did you know that soil or dirt can be of different shapes?
• Did you know that one cup of soil may hold as many bacteria as there are people on Earth?
• Did you know that the weight of all the bacteria in one acre of soil can equal the weight of one or two cows?
Did you know that earthworms, gophers, shrew, deer mouse, mole crickets, and snakes are just a few of the many hundreds of animals and insects that live inside soil?
Here is a simple Experiment you can do with your kids. We did this at the Children's Museum in Boston and my son really liked it.
Science AdventuresTM: Take the Adventure Home
Fun hands-on science activities to engage your child in discovery learning.
By: Science Adventures’ Andy the Science Wiz
LEAF CHROMATOGRAPHYAs Spring causes leaves start to start budding out all over, it is the perfect opportunity to engage your young explorers with some simple hands-on science nature fun. This easy experiment combines a fun, outdoor leaf hunt with some simple chemistry to uncover the hidden colors of leaves.
What you will need:Plastic cup or water glass
White coffee filter
Rubbing alcohol (Should only be used with adult supervision)
A selection of leaves
What to do:Take your budding scientist on a field trip to collect green leaves from a variety of trees. Once home, encourage your scientist to carefully look at and sort the leaves they have collected. What is the same about the leaves, what is different? Have them look closely at the leaves with a magnifying glass if available.
Cut the coffee filter into strips about one inch wide. Have an adult carefully pour ¼ inch of rubbing alcohol into a cup. Place one end of the filter strip under a leaf. Help your child use the edge of a dime to rub back and forth on the leaf a few times. This will rub some of the leaf’s color onto the filter paper; you should be able to see a green line. Place the filter paper in the glass so the bottom of the filter touches the alcohol with the green line just above the alcohol. Use a piece of tape to hold the filter paper in place and leave everything undisturbed for an hour. After an hour, check the filter paper and discuss what you see with your child!
What is happening:Leaves are the food factories for plants. They use photosynthesis to turn light and carbon dioxide into carbohydrates. It is the chemicals responsible for photosynthesis that give leaves their color. Leaves are primarily green because the most common chemical found in leaves is green chlorophyll.
In your experiment, the alcohol dissolved the chemicals in the leaf and carried them up the paper spreading them out so they can be seen. Try different types of leaves to see if you can find different colors. Once dry the filter appears and some of the collected leaves can be used to make a collage.
Disclosure: KinderCare gave my family one week of Spring Camp to blog about this.
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Evan was the first one to be announced on the stage to get his ribbon. I helped line the children up for them to go on to the stage. There was one scared little kindergartener that I had to walk on the stage. She was adorable. I also setup the Art yesterday and transported it from the Ditson which was interesting with all the wind. The penguins almost flew away in Penguin Migration, and the Rocket almost blasted off in Blast Off!
Here are all the Ditson children for K-5.
Evan with his ribbon on stage.
Sunday, March 13, 2011
And another video of the routine (different vantage point):
And the Medals a little closer up:
Sunday, March 6, 2011
And with his Water Bottle he got on the last day.
Friday, March 4, 2011
And Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd Grade.
3rd, 4th and 5th Grade.
Here was Evan after finishing his Art Work.
Here is a little video after he won the ribbon.