"The wonders of nature are endless."
Since so many schools are closed down to the Covid 19 pandemic many sites and teachers are offering free lessons. We homeschool and love finding new things to learn. Changing how we teach here and there keeps the kids more engaged and less likely to get bored.
The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden's is hosting a different animal every day this week for the children to watch and learn about. There is a quiz, art challenge, or project to do with each one. Today was make a porcupine. Of course each child was up and ready to do this craft. We used mixed media between paper, yarn, clay, pencils, markers, and pens. Each one is different from the next. The kiddos made videos to talk about their porcupine with some facts on them. Some of the facts are accurate and some are a little made up. See Chloe's Easter Bunny/porcupine combo.
Fun Facts About Brazilian Porcupines:
Check out the Cincinnati Zoo and their wonderful animals. All our projects are below. The porcupine at the top is from Wikipedia Commons. They are adorable little creatures.
This week we are working on light and sound waves for science. The littles are interested in knowing how things work. Some might not be as interested in all the facts as others. We liven it up to make it go a lot smoother.
In this experiment we used three different mediums (air, water, and sugar) and a coin to see if we could here sound through each one. Each child had paper and a pencil for recording their findings on.
To start off the experiment they each took turns with the bag of air. I filled it myself and they are used to my hot air. At least it keeps them warm in the winter. Measured half a bag of water an d sugar. The littles wanted to eat the sugar afterwards. Ummm... No thank you. I like my sanity to stay intact and their beautiful smiles. I tapped the table for each child with the coin as they listened through the bags.
Bag #1 was our first and held only air. The bag didn't want to stay inflated. It had to be filled a few times before we finished the experiment. Chloe, James, Connor, Jazlyn, and Sophie had fun the air pillow.
Bag #2 started our second round to the experiment. This was the half bag of water. Of course it was cold water. A little soothing on the ears. This one I received a few thumbs up for.
Bag #3 is the bag of sugar. We used natural brown cane sugar. This was the bag they were the most excited about. Any child I think would be. Each one took their turn. I am sure there might have been some sweet day dreams going on while they were conducting the experiment.
After we were all done the children talked about what they had heard. Air was the loudest. Water closely followed right after it. The sugar was muffled to them. Between the three mediums they got to see how sound transfers through different items. Except Sophie, she heard a fox in her bags.
Hands on experiments are the best way for our littles to learn. They do well with oral questions and going through the different parts of the lessons. Each one trying to out answer the other one. Can't wait till the next experiment.