PreKin this week: Sid the Science Kid fascination continues

She still has a strong interest in Sid the Science Kid on PBS weekday mornings. After a recent episode about our lungs she wanted to try a couple of the investigations
Here she is blowing bubbles in a bubble/water solution with a straw. This activity was a big hit trying to blow bubbles over the top of the little bowl. 

Blowing bubbles to demonstrate how we blow air out of our lungs.

Blowing bubbles to demonstrate how we blow air out of our lungs.

 

Then she attempted to blow up a balloon. (They warn you not to do this in the investigation, but I wasn’t worried about choking with her while I was supervising. Now, I wouldn’t let my 2y4m old try it!  There was a chance he would suck in instead of blowing out.)  I had to help since even with stretching of the rubber, she couldn’t quite get enough air power to blow it up herself.  Quite a bit of excitement occurred when I showed her and little brother how to let go of a blown-up balloon and it zooms across the room! We also tied them off and batted them around dancing to music later in the day. 

Trying to blow up a balloon.

Trying to blow up a balloon.

We also had a discussion about foot size when I was ordering some new shoes for the kids and decided to use the ruler from her science tray to measure her foot length and the foot length of the other 3 children and compare sizes. 

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We ordered this book and received it this week and she LOVES it. She wants us to read pages to her a couple times per day . There are other great books about the human body for younger children, but I knew she was going to crave more information so I went for the encyclopedia format.  

Our new book.

Our new book.

Some blog readers might wonder why I do so few reading/language activities with her.  She is actually already quite a reader with quite flawless reading at the early second grade level.  So, satisfying her right now seems to be providing some new books as needed at the appropriate reading level and also working on vocabulary. I don’t do anything too formal with her on the vocabulary or sight words.  She seems to have a natural drive toward the very things for which I would offer instruction so I haven’t felt the need to get too formal with her. As far as vocabulary,  she naturally picks up more words every day from just listening in her world.  I would like to do more writing activities with her and have some ideas in my head about that.  She only recently has expressed interest in writing and she tends to resist it, so writing activities that will be of high interest to her are a must. 

So, in the area of Language Arts, I pulled out 4 new books for her. 

4 new reading books

4 new reading books

She also helped to make the Melody Maker described here for a music class assignment this week. The assignment was to make a bell of some kind at home. I felt this might qualify with its metal on metal timbre. This is quite enjoyable. If you want to make it yourself, I must warn you that the supplies cost us around $15 so be prepared for that. We will hang it out on in our musical garden (or banging wall).

Taking the Melody Maker to music class.

Taking the Melody Maker to music class.

Next up: Planting seeds  and I still want to do a charting activity with her. Also, writing of some kind.

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5 Comments

  1. May 12, 2009 at 3:41 am

    […] my 4y9m old completed some projects on her own, too.  You can see those here if that age interests you. Possibly related posts: (automatically generated)Day 4Green Easter […]

  2. Christy said,

    May 12, 2009 at 11:55 pm

    Funny – we have that human body encyclopedia and that is what sparked an interest in my kids to do the outlines of their bodies and fill them in with what they saw in the book.

    • chasedbyblessings said,

      May 13, 2009 at 2:25 am

      Ohhhh! So I’m on the right track with that! We were reading a few pages this morning and we are going to try the fingerprints activity on p. 70. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Michelle said,

    May 13, 2009 at 7:46 am

    Wow… how you find time to do separate activities with your 4yr old is great!!! I have a hard time keeping those pesky (but I love them!) little ones out of the “big” kid activities. That was how my sandpaper letters got crayon all over them 🙂 but that comes with the territory. Your doing a great job!!

  4. chasedbyblessings said,

    May 13, 2009 at 10:46 am

    No, way! Michelle I was going to ask your advice about the mixed age grouping! I have the extra 2 boys only 20-24 hours per week and 3 of the 4 kids nap in the afternoon. I usually have one solid hour with only my 4y.o. awake AND I have Wednesdays with only my own 2 kids and then my youngest takes a nap for minimum 2 hours. But when I have all of them awake I can’t do nearly the same activities. I also have a gate separating the “classroom” into younger kids section and older kids section so I can sometimes do things with the older 2 when all 4 kids are in the classroom. Did you notice the crayon marks all over my walls near the word wall words? Yup. 2y.o. got loose with a crayon. AND all over my kitchen window at the moment, too!


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