What comes first, next, and last? Three questions that were asked this week as we studied steps in a process. KONOS combines this topic with the steps of constructing a house. I used the building of “Solomon’s Temple,” which we are concurrently studying in Bible class, to emphasize steps of construction. I also combined sequencing with seasons as we already covered that topic, along with a lot of math concepts of building with blocks. Then we took the concept a little further and applied it to steps in the cooking process and J even invented his own sequence with some park games.
We did a few fun science experiments too! We learned about viscosity (thickness of a liquid), the differences between liquids and solids, volume estimation with different objects, and a wind resistance test. I love science!
Our field trip this week was to Living History Days where we visited a town during the time of the early colonies and saw a reenactment of one of the battles of the Revolutionary War. British “Red Coats” against the Colonials in their fight for freedom with actual gun blasts and booms from the cannon. It. was. neat!
Autumn came this week yet it’s hotter than blazes, especially for it being late September! The great thing is the trees started changing colors and the kids wanted to decorate their season tree for the occasion.
Then we started sequencing with some sequencing cards… Some included the life cycle of a plant, getting ready for bed, waking up, seasons, and getting older.
Cuisinaire rods are fun for art, making shapes, and just plain fun. J put them in order from smallest to biggest to see that they made steps.
I had the kids make Solomon’s Temple in Bible class, building up the structure first, then constructing the altar and basin outside
and finishing with the accouterments inside the Temple at home.
This also had to do with sequencing, believe it or not. The Omnifix cubes can only fit together if you put them together in the right order because of the way that they connect. So he had to use the right sequence to be able to build his robot.
J helped me with cooking one night. He got to “paint” the potatoes with olive oil. He painted each side before he placed it on the pan or else it would stick, then we salted them, understanding that there are steps and processes to just about everything we do. (Really good way to eat potatoes if you’re looking for something new to try!)
On to reading! We played a made up card game using a phonics deck of cards. We played it the same way Go Fish is played, but we used the beginning or ending letter. “Do you have a word that starts with…an S?” Then when he or I made a match, we had to say the two words before we could count the points.
Here’s another made up game. We have a bunch of word ending magnets, so we put a few up on the white board and we took turns writing in the first letters to make new words. (Also helped with handwriting practice, but I didn’t tell him that. 🙂 )
Another game the kids like to play is Bible Trivia. It goes over general knowledge on a lot of the more popular stories.
We also played yet another game that the kids love and also helps with visual skills. It’s called Blockus and works by having one person use their shapes to block the other person and keep them from playing all their tiles, but you have to figure out where you can place your tiles first.
Then, it was time for science! We did a fun couple of experiments with volume estimation. Using the water from the jar we estimated how many of the tubes we could fill up. We also estimated how many squirts from the eye dropper it would take to fill one tube to different lines on the tube. He got pretty good at estimating by the end.
We did lots of air resistance tests as well where J would hold up two objects of differing size and/or weight and see which would fall first. He’s actually standing next to me as I write this post, finding more objects to test.
The viscosity test (thickness) was pretty neat too. We used 5 household substances, which are probably illegible in the picture. On the left was olive oil, followed by honey, soap, shampoo, then Mr. Bubble on the far right. Guess which one was the thinnest.
Later we climbed up in their playhouse and read a Magic Tree House book about traveling back to the time of the dinosaurs. The kids in the book go to their tree house to begin their adventures, so it’s a great place to read it even though ours is more of a playset than a tree house.
On to the field trip at Living History Days! We traveled back to the Revolutionary War days to experience life as a colonial. J got to grind corn with the local townsfolk.
Look at the size of that gun! Two times taller than J and he had the chance to hold it and learned all about how it worked from this nice British soldier.
Meet Molly the cannon and yes, it works! We saw and heard it fire off several times during the battle reenactment.
The kids both got to play games that the kids of those days used to play: bowling, ring toss, and hoops and sticks.
We also tried some hot wax candle dipping. He dipped, then we got back in line and had to let it cool before dipping again. He wanted to do it over and over again and I think we reached 7 or 8 times, but I was starting to melt from the intense heat of the day faster than the wax.
The “Red Coats” lined up and readied for the reenactment battle!
They ran up from their fortification.
Took their ground and started firing.
The Colonists took one of the fortifications.
The French took the other fortification and the British surrendered. Although the guns and cannon firing was loud, it brought to life the events that took places during that time. Great fun at Living History Days!
J had been begging me to go see up in the mountains for several months, so since Living History Days took place next to the mountains we took a small detour and headed up. He was overjoyed to finally be “in” the mountains!
“That mountain’s really tall, but God is taller than it!”
And since we were right next to Red Rocks, we stopped and looked at them too. He said the Red Rocks reminded him of Radiator Springs, where Lightning McQueen was from.
Stunning! God makes amazing things and gives me great kids that I can enjoy teaching.