Friday, September 24, 2010
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Anyone humming a Beach Boys tune now after that title? :)
Well, for the six people who might ever read this blog anymore since I am so delinquent, I wanted to share some fun with you.
I recently got this book for Lawton, 100 Science Experiments that you can get from this website, :), and we have been having so much fun. This particular experiment really tickled our fancy so I thought I would pony up and share with everyone.
Here's what you need: a bowl, saran wrap, tissue paper and a booming radio. ;)
Here's why you should do it: To visually see that all sounds are made by vibrations in the air. These vibrations reach your ear and make your eardrum vibrate, which makes you be able to hear sounds.
Here's how you do it:
1. Stretch a piece of plastic wrap as tightly as you can across a large bowl.
2. Wad up a few tiny pieces of tissue paper and spread them over the plastic wrap. Set the bowl next to a speaker.
3. Play some music. Start low and gradually get louder. Pump up the volume!! . . . Pump up the jam, pump it up, while your feet are stompin', and the jam is pumpin' . . . anyone have this humming in your head now? You're welcome.
4. Play different types of music, rock out, and watch what happens!
And here's a little video below to show you what happens if you don't do it yourself. . .
Here are a few disclaimers to know before you watch.
- I have loathed these 1970's speakers for our entire 9 3/4 years of marriage. They came in handy for this experiment, though. Bose anyone?
- Never mind Carolina's crusty macaroni and cheese face. It was right after dinner and she got in the bath very shortly after.
- How you see my husband is how I see him. With two remotes in his hands - all the time. ha! Love you!
Don't you definitely want to watch now? :)
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
I'm sure all her other books are adorable, too, but these are the only ones I was able to quickly read before Carolina decided she was tired of playing trains. Check Amy Krouse Rosenthal out - seriously!! :)
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Thanks for your prayers.
Monday, April 19, 2010
Here's what you need: Two bowls, and some like objects to be grasped. (beads, beans, marbles, cotton balls, unifix blocks, pasta, etc.)
Here's why you should do it: It teaches the very young child order, concentration and coordination. They feel a great deal of satisfaction at completing a task and emptying the bowl - and can also be very therapeutic! (She did this over and over for about fifteen minutes. Seriously.)
Here's how you do it: Place all objects in the left hand bowl (a subliminal message that everything goes from left to right - always start left!) Show them how to grasp all objects with their hands and place in the right hand bowl. Repeat back into the left hand bowl. and repeat. and repeat. and repeat. :)
Monday, March 8, 2010
Okay - so here's a fun simple game you can play at home! Oh no! Poor Joe!
Here's why you should do it: Everyone needs to learn their body parts, of course. This also helps with visual discrimination (what's missing in the picture) and then processing the name of the missing body part. It's fun, too, and creates a nice rhythmic chant!
Here's what you need: Cards made up of a person. One card has the complete body, and each card afterwards has a missing body part. You can make and trace your own, or you can purchase your own. I found these cards here.Here's how you do it: Look at each card and say, "Oh no! Poor Joe! Joe is missing his _________." Pause for a couple of seconds, and if your child needs help, then just fill in the blank for them. Play as much as you want and giggle at how funny "Joe" looks!
Friday, February 12, 2010
Sunday, January 31, 2010
This "lesson" is a true Montessori Practical Life lesson that we were "trained" for. Of course, I'm not really doing it in true "Montessori" style, but "Momtessori" because Carolina is only 20 months old and it's just out and about.
Here's what you need: An assortment of boxes, jars, any container that can be opened and closed.
Here's how you do it: For those like me, I just put these all in a basket and we explored together and then she tried it . . . again and again. For those that are more purists, especially if you are doing this with an older child (around three), put out a rug and take them out one by one, placing the lid by the container. After all of them are opened, place the lids back on and put back in the container/tray.