Listen up, pay attention, stop talking. How many times did we hear that in school? Well, the kids and I have spent four weeks studying what exactly that means. We learned about the structure of the ear and how it works in our bodies. We built and crawled through an ear as miniature people. We learned what it means to use our ears and pay attention. We played whisper games, telephone, and blindfold hearing. We went to a play in town about Helen Keller’s famous story (blind and deaf). We played music, listened to our heart beats and enjoyed nature.
So pay attention while reading about our unit of hearing. 🙂
These are two of the best stories for hearing and attentiveness: Mary and Martha and God speaking to Samuel.
J filled in more of his pages from his Dr. Seuss book and it happened that they were on what we were studying. Apparently, his favorite instrument are the drums. Look out Garrett!
I found this neat comic book about hearing online and the kids loved it. They saw what these kids were doing in the book and asked about it and of course then wanted to try it for themselves.
So we did.
We also spent several days playing “Telephone” where one person says a phrase and it’s passed on until it comes back to the original person. For some reason, and I won’t mention the name of a little person, but it kept coming back as “Fa kuh duh foo foo” or some iteration thereof.
We also played with marbles. Oh what fun sounds those make, especially with the musical bars that can slide in!
The local theatre company was showing a play of “The Miracle Worker” about Helen Keller who could neither see, nor hear. So we made it a date.
The famous water pump.
It’s not a play without popcorn. Yes, he loved it. He noted how the girl did a lot of “no no’s” when she kicked her feet on the floor because nobody understood her.
We listed all the ways our bodies can make noise. We may have missed one or two…
A great experiment for looking at how sound waves travel. Dropping a single drop of water into a bowl of water makes ripples.
Then we looked at the structure of the ear and drew in the brain a bunch of things that make noise and our brains can hear.
Konos had a great activity for understanding the structure of the ear… and that was to make one and crawl through it. They started at one end and took the message to the brain that was whispered in their ear.
In through the tunnel (ear canal), then passed the ear drum (cloth), hitting the hammer and the anvil (hammer and drumstick), around in the cochlea (rolled up rugs with yarn hairs), up the nerves (wooden sticks), and into the brain (paper circles).
We played a fun blindfolded game where one person makes noise and the other person had to guess what they were hearing.
Another part of the unit study was music. We listened to a lot of classics these for weeks and had a chance to play with a lot of instruments too.
Ok, I’ve just got to stop here and say… I love this picture. Continuing on, we listened to each other’s heart beats and tummy gurgles.
It’s so peaceful to watch nature when it’s so cold outside that you don’t want to go outside. So we brought it to our house with some bird seed. We heard them sing, or rather fight over the birdseed.
Lastly for Konos, we’re getting our people through time hung up as we go through the units.
Ah reading, I think we’re about done with Level 1 of All About Reading and am going to wait on level 2. He’s doing so much on his own with library readers that I don’t think we really need to do it at this point. The AAR readers were a little boring too.
These are a great set of readers and they’re funny, cute stories.
I loved this book when I was a kid. I don’t remember how I was introduced to it or when, but it was one of my favorites. It’s a book about the imagination of a child and how adults have lost a lot of their imagination by growing up. It is a great remembrance of what it was like to think like a child.
Writing tends to be our hard subject, but he’ll make it through some days better than others, especially if we’re writing about anything Cars.
Even though he says art is his favorite subject, I really think it’s rather math. He’s really picking it up quickly and is able to do a lot of it in his mind.
Patterns and shapes are always a big hit.
We did some centimeter measuring
and patterns with centimeter blocks.
We also made mazes with blocks, dead ends and everything.
One of E’s favorite games right now is Memory and she’s really good at it too.
When it’s messy art’s always fun, well, for them not me!
For Thanksgiving, we did little paper leaves and made a wreath out of them with all the things that they were thankful for.
We also made some Christmas pine cone ornaments.
Getting ready for the holidays!