Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Earth’s Day

Earth’s Day is on April 22, 2011 and it is the largest, most widely celebrated international environmental event. It’s a great time to learn about our planet and educate yourself to take care of it. Earth’s Day reminds the people of the world of the need for continuing care which is vital to Earth’s safety. We have to respect and teach our kids Earth’s beautiful systems of balance, between the presence of animals on land, the fish in the sea, birds in the air, mankind, water, air, and land. It is a day when every one of us can think and protect the Earth and make it feel good and know that if we take care of it, it will take care of us.

Ten Ways You can Teach your kids to help Our Planet :
1: Teach your kids how to Recycle glass, plastics! Recycling is an important part of keeping Earth clean.

2: Teach your kids to plant a Tree. Trees help keep the air clean.

3: Teach your kids to Clean Up Trash. Create a compost pile for food scraps and plant waste from the garden. This is a good way to cut down on the amount of trash that goes into a landfill.

4: Teach your kids to turn off the faucet while they brush their teeth and use less water for their bath to Save Water.

5: Teach your kids to turn off the Lights to save energy.

6: Teach your kids how to finish every bite on their plate and save their leftovers.

7: Teach your kids how to be nice to the worms.

8: Teach your kids to use both sides of the paper to save trees.

9: Teach your kids to walk or ride a bicycle to school, the park, or the store. Kids can even encourage their parents to ride a bycycle to work or to share the car to work. This is a great way to help reduce the pollution created by cars, trucks, buses, trains, and airplanes.

10: Teach your kids to shut the refrigerator door to save energy.

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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Kindergarten Science Activities with Bubbles

Bubble science is fun for kids and adults. Try these fun activities for bubble play and open up a discussion about the properties of bubble, the chemistry and physics of bubblemaking and good clean fun. Bubbles are an easy soap science lesson that your kindergartener will love. Try these activities in the bathtub or on the back porch.

Kindergarten science lessons with bubbles is an inexpensive way to play fun with science. Any kid can enjoy bubble play, whether in the bathroom or the kitchen. Learn the basics of bubble chemistry and physics through bubble activities for kindergarten science

Begin your bubble science lesson by making bubble solution. Use a leftover milk carton or 2 liter pop bottle to make large portions of bubble mix. If your family enjoys community service projects, buy dish soap by the gallon at a warehouse store and make several large bottles of bubble solution to share or donate.

Brainstorm with your child about how he supposes bubble solution is made. Most children intuitively guess that it’s soap and water, so fill a carton ¾ the way full of water and then add ½ cup of dish soap if you’re using a 2 liter bottle and 1cup if you’re using a gallon. Attempt to blow bubbles from this solution and discuss why it’s not working. The soapy water isn’t “thick” enough or “strong” enough to wrap itself around the air without breaking.

Add ½ cup of glycerin or corn syrup to the 2 liter bottle, or 1 cup to the gallon and give it time to dissolve. You may close the lid and shake it, or sit it in the warm sun for a while. Now try blowing bubbles. The glycerin or corn syrup has increased the “surface tension” of your solution, making it strong enough to hold the air inside.

Bubble Experiments:

•Try using different amounts of air pressure. Are your bubbles bigger when you blow slowly or quickly?
•Are your bubbles bigger when you dip the wand in slowly or slosh it around?
•Use pipe cleaners to make homemade bubble wands. Can you make a square bubble?
•What household items can you use to make bubbles? A slotted spoon? A flyswatter?
•Pour bubble solution onto a dinner plate or cereal bowl and use a straw to blow bubbles at the base. How tall can you blow your bubble tower?
•Add food coloring or tempera paint to your bubble solution and try blowing colored bubbles. Try to catch them; let your bubbles land on a piece of card stock paper to make bubble art
•Winter bubbles can freeze in midair and shatter when they hit the ground.
•What color is a bubble? Bubble colors come from the light refracting through the soapy water.
Most of all, in kindergarten, focus on observing, freely discussing and vocalizing the properties of the bubbles for vocabulary and comparison skills. While memorizing words like “surface tension” and “air pressure” sound like important objectives for a science lesson, it’s more important to have a mental comprehension of the scientific principles, to call upon later, than to temporarily memorize a buzzword. Don’t “talk down” to a kindergartener. If they ask you a question you don’t know the answer to, look it up. When they see you looking up the answer to an unknown question, they learn how and where to find information. That’s a very important lesson that can last a lifetime.

For more science activities with bubbles, visit The Art and Science of Bubbles.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Our Teaching Methods

Experiential way of learning is more effective through participation actively with hands on experiences .That is why, most of our teaching methods are hand on for example; children enjoyed the science camp experiences because they are able to hold, smell and cut the "materials " . Children are also given the chance to boil the soup which shows the changes from solid to liquid .Children go through sensorial experience from this experience.

Before my teaching was based on just reading, spelling and writing, e.g. workbooks, text book and exercise book .There was hardly any hands on or act on experience or activities.

Now , I know that children learn best from real experiences and that children do not separate their learning into different subjects but they learn from everything that happens to them and around them.