Thursday, April 16, 2009

Learning is Yummy

I asked Camille recently what she'd like to learn about. Her reply was "college-ology" or something like that. Baffled, I asked her to describe what she was meaning. "You know, Mom. Like rocks and dirt and stuff." Ah, GEOLOGY!

So, off to the library we went. We grabbed a ton of books on rocks, the earth, minerals, etc.. and we've had a blast learning about our world! What incredible fun :)

Today, I surprised Camille with a little science lunch. We ate hard-boiled eggs which represented the earth. The shell was the earth's crust; the white was the mantle; the center was the core. We didn't eat the crust ;) She even winced and let out a big "OUCH! That's hot!!!" when she gobbled up the core! Too funny :) We also talked about the composition of the earth's surface - land & sea. Pickles and Berry Blue Kool-Aid were our props.

She doesn't know this, but tomorrow we're going to go mining. I've got chocolate chip cookies and I'm going to have her excavate the chips with a toothpick!

I just love these tangible discussions - I think learning is so much more fun when it's hands-on. I also love that with homeschooling, we're going to have more freedom in structuring our studies around Camille's interests. I would've never thought to develop a geology unit study for my 5 year old, but she showed an interest, and I'm able to go with her on that. Oh, what fun days lie ahead!!


Mommyto3K's said...

How fun!! You are one Crafty Mommy. Here is an activity that you could incorporate into you Geography unit.
Treasure Stone

* 1 cup flour
* 1 cup used coffee grinds
* 1/2 cup salt
* 1/4 cup sand
* 1 cup water

Mix all dry ingredients together. Slowly add the water to make a stiff dough; you might end up using only half the water - add it slowly or your dough will be too runny!!

Break the dough into desired rock sizes. Hide toys and surprises in the center of a ball of dough.

Set in a safe place until totally dry. Atleast 3 - 4 days. You can also bake these in the oven on 150 for about 1/2 hour and then set them out to dry. The longer they dry, the harder they will get.

Once it is dry, the dough will look and feel like a rock. You can carefully break open the home-made rocks with a hammer to reveal the hidden treasures inside.

You can also add a tablespoon of powder tempera paint to tint the rocks.

Some ideas for the stones:
teaching about fossils
Scavenger hunts for any themed party, just make the trinket theme related
Don't hide anything in them and paint them for a rainy day activity

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Hi, christine! Thank you for coming by & leaving a note. You girls have really lifted me up after that post got so ugly, so I appreciate all the support. xoxo

BESS said...

TOOOO WILD!!! I just love the fun ways you can teach your little one.