So we just completed our 1st Book Study for the school year (September 9th). Darius and the Crystal Bees. We have researched and learn about the state of our bees through reading our book (realistic fiction) and doing supplemental activities. We have watched several documentaries over bees. We strongly encourage you all to watch the Silence of the Bees which can be found on youtube. Educate yourself and your children about bees and what they do for our beautiful earth. We have completed discussion questions for all chapters (25 in total, yes, I know). After that, each of my children spent today creating a book through Bookcreator which is an app that we used in addition to Ditty and Yak It Kids (app smashing). They actually had to research and put the information in their own words. Also, they had to find pictures that were public domain to include in their book. They also had to learn how to be responsible digital citizens. Below you will see the finished product of both of their books which I turned into videos so, that you all can see it. They worked really hard on this. Super proud of them. Now for the final piece of this project is to watch the Bee movie. Waiting for daddy to get home, he doesn't know it yet but, he is watching it with us, lol.
Summer is here ! Are your kids already restless? Well, Miller Outdoor Theatre to the rescue! On tomorrow (6-10-2016) at 11 am and (6-11-2016) at 8:15 pm will be presenting James and the Giant Peach by Theatre Under The Stars: TUTS Humphreys School. I don't know about you, but I am super excited. Of the course, the teacher in me is always going to turn this into a fabulous learning experience. So I figure, I would share out some resources that I found that I will be using with my kids. I was able to to find a free pdf version of the book as well as the audio of the book. Parents you can definitely use these two resources together especially since the audio is very animated. My suggestion is to at least go over the characters of the book as well as the what the story is about first before viewing the play so, the kiddos know what is going on. This play can be the hook to catch your kids attention. Then the following week, you can read the book with your kids and after that complete the book study guide filled with activities to tie the book together. This project could easily last up to 2 weeks, if you pace yourself. You could always add more activities to extend the project even up to researching different varieties of peaches and where it is grown. You could also have your kids research the different insects that are mentioned in the book. It could go on and on...you get the point. Once all that is done, you could even make a movie night and watch the James and the Giant Peach movie and have the kids compare and contrast the play, the book and the movie by creating powerpoint presentation, poster, or a video. The skies the limit! The best part is everything that I mentioned is free except for the movie and of course the gas it takes to get to the theatre but, hey we can't get everything we want! Click on the green highlighted words to get access to the different resources. Have fun! Until next time...
This past Wednesday we took a field trip to the Miller Outdoor Theatre to see The Puffed-Up Prima Donna. The opera was put on by the gracious Houston Grand Opera. I thought it was awesome but, my kids on the other hand looked at me strangely. To my kids defense this was their first time hearing opera. So, of course I knew I needed to turn this field trip into a lesson so, that my kids could learn to appreciate opera music. So today, they learned the history of opera and the most popular songs in the opera arena as well as the common vocabulary used. The Houston Grand Opera was nice enough to allow the viewers to download a Study Guide for the The Puffed-Up Prima Donna from the website. I had the kids to create their own "libretto" and sing their song in opera fashion. We had a great time doing this. It was hilarious. Of course, we will continue to learn more about opera and to start listening to it more. I believe in exposing my kids to as many things as possible so, that they can be well-rounded. I did come across a really cool website that allow the kids to create their own opera production while learning the terminology of stage production (Learning about Opera). To see additional information about The Puffed-Up Prima Donna check out their website. Check out my kids mini opera with the attached Libretto to follow along.
Yesterday, we conducted an experiment on the concept of cohesion and surface tension. We used the following materials: 4 pennies, 2 droppers, water in bowl, lots of paper towels and bowl with dishwashing liquid. They had a control trial and a testing liquid trial. They had to conduct their experiment (4) times each. They were to count the number of drops that could fit on the penny before spilling over and then repeat the experiment. Once the the (4) trials were over then they had to find average of their data.
The testing liquid (dish washing liquid) was a bit different. The penny was placed in the soap and then the kids dropped water onto the penny one at a time. This was done (4) times as well. They had to find the average of their data for the second part of the experiment. They noticed that this penny wasn't able to hold as much water as the control Why? They had to find out additional information by understanding the definition of cohesion and surface tension. My daughter at the end of the video tells what happened with the soap and the water and the reason why it wasn't able to hold as much water as the control trial.
After they were done completing the experiment, they had to answer (2) questions:
Click on the play button to hear their interactive lab video reflection:
I know you have seen the new trailers for The Jungle Book! Are you excited? Well, we are definitely! We've been reading our third book study for the year since end of March and we are enjoying the book so far. We have done some things differently with this book in comparison to the others. Such as reading along with the audio. This is helping with my kids listening skills. Reading in mored details about the animals in the book and where they are located in the world. Today, I decided to do a small project and took their discussions questions which they had to complete anyways and turn it into an interview with Baloo. We actually got dad to help with this, he was the voice of Baloo. We did a lot of green screen action with a little help from Keynote and Doink green screen app to put this lovely interview together. Not bad for out 1st time in this format. The kids were excited about this project. Here are the questions that Baloo was asking since I forgot to mic their father. We are in a mad dash to try to complete the book before Friday so, we can go see the movie and compare notes between the book and the movie. This movie will definitely be a family affair! Attached below the questions is the video.
Until next time...
1. Describe the setting of the story as Chapter One begins.
2. Define the term 'Hydrophobia'.
3. Why did Father Wolf believe it was wrong to hunt man?
4. At what cost was Mowgli able to enter into the pack?
5. What did Bagheera mean by the term 'Red Flower'?
6. Briefly describe the incident that took place during the second council meeting.
I believe education is important and that we all should strive to be life-learners.