Tuesday, February 15, 2011

week of feb 14th

This weeks riddle:

A frog fell into a hole that was 14 ½ feet deep. He could jump 3 feet, but he slid back a foot each time he jumped. How many jumps does it take him to get out of the hole?

I decided to go with a math riddle, since we are in the midst of a language arts block. I'm trying to keep Lyra thinking about threes and fours, and triangles and squares, in creative ways. Our next math block will be working on square numbers. I personally never fully understood the WHY of square numbers until I started preparing to teach Lyra. I'm actually a little nervous I'm gonna get confused. I was just never really taught WHY. I was taught to do it, and to be tested on it. And that was that. But Lyra has so much fun with math, and is starting to see the world in a such a magnificently beautiful way. When first taking drawing in college, I had a glimpse into that world. And I am very excited to have her grow up with her eyes open to the beauty of mathematics. 

We are also still working on our bunnies, bunny songs and Brer Rabbit  stories. The children are really enjoying the bunny songs.

Rabbit-All Year Round, Candy Verney

rabbit run on the frozen ground,
 who told you so?
rabbit run on the frozen ground,
how do you know?

I caught a rabbit  uh-huh!
I caught a rabbit  uh-huh!
I caught a rabbit  uh-huh!
I caught a rabbit  oh!
We added Squirrel and other animals we see here in winter.

And this song

HOP one time,

hope two.
hop and hop
til you get through

hop three times,
hop four
hop and hop and hop some more

hop five times.
hop six
do some silly hoping tricks
hope seven times, hop eight, hop a lot
now thats great

hop nice times, hop ten hop and hop and hop again.

We were supposed to move on this week to other winter animal songs, but the children are still enjoying these. And its so funny and cute to see them do the big facial gestures with "uh-huh, uh-huh".

Monday, February 7, 2011

Week of Feb 7, 2011

This week rabbits are our connecting theme. Lyra's fable is How Brer Rabbit Lost His Fine Bushy Tale. We will all be hopping about ( and getting some winter energy out) to songs and games about bunnies at circle time. Lyra has been making pom poms for a valentines garland, but these week they will turn into little bunny rabbits.

The riddle of the week:

What can you hold without ever it touching you hands?

Thursday, February 3, 2011

From a Future American Farmer

Lyra's letter to the President regarding GE alfalfa.

Dear Mister   President  Obama:
I hope you stop the GE alfalfa  for  the organic farmers and people like me.  It is not  good  for  you  to eat  them.  We want to eat food that is from nature not from scientists.
I want to be a farmer  when I grow up and to grow seeds not tainted by GE plants.

Thank you,
Lyra Cauley
age 8

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

riddle of the week

Several weeks ago, I started giving Lyra a riddle at the beginning of every week. It serves many wonderful purposes. First, I read her the riddle instead of writing it on the board. She spends time trying to make sure she has written it correctly and practices her spelling.  Secondly, I do not give her the answer- but she may ask anyone we see all week. Thus, involving all the friends and family in our life into her schooling. I find this nice, honestly, because it shows a bit of what she is learning and how we teach her. And thirdly, she must think from outside the box, inside the box and underneath and above the box.  So much fun, and so much brain and character development.
This week's riddle was found on Our Little Nature Nest

It hasn’t any windows
It hasn’t any doors
Although it has a ceiling
It hasn’t any floors
‘Twas built without a builder
A hammer or a nail
Because you see this funny house
Belongs to ___________.