The children love Fridays, in part because it is our "Science with Shan" day. Shan always has a great experiment or two planned. Last week, they did an experiment using gummy worms (perhaps you've heard about it), and today they did something called "Tie-Dyed Milk". Donning their special safety goggles and aprons, the young scientists got to work.
Shan posed the question for us: "I wonder what will happen when I have milk on a plate, add three drops of food coloring, then put a Q-Tip with soap on it in the center for 5 seconds?" Children wrote or drew what they thought would happen (their hypothesis), and then wrote down the procedure they would follow to test their theories.
They loved seeing what happened, and we heard children exclaim, "I want to do this again!" and "I think I can do this at home, too!" And, indeed, all you need is milk, food color, Q-Tip (or similar), and dish soap. Try it!
Friday, October 21, 2016
Each year, we go on three trips with a naturalist through County Farm Park. Through her eyes, we see our beloved and familiar park in a different, and deeper, way.
Kelsey wanted to show us signs of Fall, and also ways to differentiate between things that look the same at first glance, but are actually very different. For instance, the children now all know how to tell what red berry is good to eat (the autumn olive) and not good to eat (the honeysuckle berry). The shimmering under-leaves of one tells our young explorers that they have found the autumn olive.
We will meet up with Kelsey two more times this school year - once in the winter (c'mon snow!) and once in the springtime. Each time we go to our beautiful woods, we learn something new, and are filled with the wonder of nature.
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Here is the roster for the next go-round:
October 20 - Lexi (Dillon is rescheduled for the following Wednesday)
October 27 - August and Andrew
November 3 - Femi and Isaya
November 10 - Leland and Mila
November 17 - Mia and Lexi
Parents, of course, are welcome to be in the audience as well.
This morning, we dove back into our book, How to be an Explorer of the World, for inspiration. We have already done a couple of explorations involving color (our rainbow walk in County Farm Park, and collecting natural things that can be made into ink or paint), so we thought we would continue with the theme:
This is the example from the book - children were intrigued that they could rename paint colors, like "my favorite bowl" or "juice lid". Honestly, some of these names make about as much sense as the names the paint companies choose!
Teams of children were let loose to explore and document their school with paint chips. They really loved this activity, and noticed many things they had never noticed before - all through the lens of color.