Mama’s Last Week in Review – Letter J

by | Jan 24, 2011 | 2 yr old, 4 yr old, Alphabet, science | 1 comment

Last week seems like a blur to me, so I’m thankful I had the foresight to scribble notes about what we did! We concentrated on the letter J and David bringing the ark of the covenant to Jerusalem. The boys learned a new song, “I’ve got the Joy down in my heart” and Sweet Pea took to it pretty quickly. We also visited a couple more preschools, one visit inspiring an experiment at home!

Language Arts – Cutie Pie and Sweet Pea requested to read in the Jungle of Nool this week. (from Horton Hears a Who) We sit in a comfy spot, put a blanket over our heads and read together all snuggled up. We didn’t just read, we also talked about Jungle animals and the sounds they make. This led to Cutie Pie making up quite a few stories about tigers and lions (science, too!)

Experiment #1 – This first experiment went along with our lesson of Joyfulness in relation to David being Joyful when he brought the ark of the covenant to Jerusalem. The Bible says David had lots of music played while the ark was brought up. The boys and I talked about how that must have sounded. We got our instruments out (music) and had a parade. Then we did our sound vibration experiment. The boys loved this! Here’s how:

  • First get out some plastic butter containers, plastic grocery bags, rubber bands, rice, a pot lid and a wooden spoon.
  • Take butter containers and placed the grocery bags over them, and put the rubber band around them so they were very flat and tight like a drum.
  • Place a few pieces of rice on the drum.
  • Then yelled really loudly and watched the rice. Does it move? It didn’t move for us.
  • Next hit the pot lid with the wooden spoon a few feet from the drum. Does the rice moved just a little?
  • Take turns hitting the pot lid with the wooden spoon, this time as close to the drum as you can. We watched the rice jump and shimmy around!
  • Sing a few notes next to the drum. What happens? We found that certain notes made the rice move, too!

Experiment #2 – The preschool we visited for circle time was all set up for a citrus tasting experiment which the children were going to participate in when we left. Cutie Pie really wanted to be part of it, but the preschool said it was just for their students. What’s a mom to do when her boy wants to do an experiment so badly? We headed to the store (well, we were on our way there anyway) and picked up an orange, tangerine, lemon, grapefruit, and lime. Unfortunately that’s all we could find on this particular day – I had expected to find more, but we made due.

  • First we felt each citrus fruit and talked about whether it was smooth, bumpy, hard, soft. (sense of touch)
  • Next, we smelled the peel of each fruit. (sense of smell)
  • Then we cut each fruit in half and talked about what we saw, similarities and differences. Cutie Pie observed that each fruit’s insides looked like a star and was juicy. (sense of vision, touch) And we smelled the flesh of the fruit. (sense of smell)
  • Then came the real fun! We took the peel off of half of the fruit and each of us tasted it! We talked about the texture, whether it was sweet or sour, whether we liked it or not and how messy they were to eat. (sense of taste, touch)
  • We took the other half of the fruit still in it’s peel and each boy mashed it on a hand-held juicer. They boys kept requesting more sugar or water until it tasted good to them. (sense of taste, fine motor, and we didn’t make it too sweet!) There is nothing like homemade Juice during J week!

And how could I forget that we made and enjoyed Jello Jigglers! It was very cold out last week, even colder today (5 degrees) so I was very thankful for the open gym our community center offers. However, here at home we did a lot of Jumping! It was a fun week, now that I sit and remember it!

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  1. Darci the STEM mom

    Citrus huh? I'll have to try this one! (My boys are 5 and 1.) What I love is that you are talking about all kinds of "observations." I think a lot of people think observations are just looking at something, but you clearly show that all of the senses (when appropriate of course) are used to learn more about the object.


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