Tricking the children

This afternoon, wtith the weather glorious, we took our work outside and used some simple and not so simple methods to continue our tree measurement work. The children had the wonderful idea for measuring the height of the tree by having the adults stand on the bottom and children of decreasing size stand on each others' shoulders with a very long tapemeasure. The adults readily agreed to do this, much to the children's astonishment. This is the result. We asked all the children to lie down on the grass in height order, holding on to the feet of the child next in line!! Busted!

How old?

Riddle: How can you use a length of wool to estimate the age of a tree? We had a fun afternoon trying to find out, first off by using our tree identification books (not as easy as you might think), to find out growth rates and then some of the Montessori maths' materials. On reflection, I'm not sure we got the formula right for our maths work. We need to revisit, as the logic before our eyes suggests strongly that the trees are older than 6 years!

Paint making

Following on from our work on Rembrandt, we made our own tempera paint today using pigment, egg yolk and a tiny bit of liquid soap. We learnt to be careful in 'drying' the egg yolk and pricking the sack. The children used oil pastels for the base, then painted over with the tempera, so that they could 'etch' or scratch out a design for Father's Day cards. This was a more sophisticated and more satisfying version of the initial crayon scratching work we did a few weeks back.

Salt

One of our more experienced children worked with one of our newest today on a piece of history work called Fundamental Human Needs. They talked through the FHN Chart 2 (for food), then explored the food labels we have, dived into the cupboards and raided the goodies brought in for Fathers' Day baking, to sort for animal, plant and mineral foods. Then came the conumdrum - what to do with labels and foodstuffs that are a combination of 2 or 3 - resulting in every floor mat we possess put to use! This then led to more research on salt - how much do certain foods contain (with some surprises!); and , for the more experienced child - where in the world does salt come from and how is it made use

I care

Showing someone you care and want them to know that you are thinking of them - a homemade cake for a dear friend of our class.

'Up to the highest height...

...Let's go fly a kite and send it soaring' A perfect afternoon for trying out a new addition to the outdoor equipment; and just wondrous to hear the triumph as the children got the kite to fly and then to soar.

Mini me gardens

The children eagerly awaited the return of their RHS handicraft to incorporate into their own miniature gardens to take home today. They have cultivated carrot top 'trees', used shot glasses for ponds, cat grass seed for lawns and hopefully their ornamental garlic and cress seeds will become neat vegetable patches in their punnet containers.

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