Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Ahhhhhhh!!!!

Ahhhhhh!!! That's all I heard after I downloaded the sound meter app on my phone. The girls wanted to make their screams get up to as much decibels as they could on the meter. Can you tell we are learning about sound this week? We've learned all about sound waves and how sound travels. Oh and ofcourse, the measurement of sound. We did some music fun, too. We made music with water and glasses. Each of the glasses had a different tone when hit with a spoon. The glass with the most water had the lowest pitch while the glass with the least water had the highest pitch. The girls understood that the vibrations are made when you hit the glass, this creates sound waves which travel through the water. More water means slower vibrations and a deeper tone.
But we aren't done yet...by the end of the week - Chris has a customer that is an audiologist and hopefully going to let the girls come and peak around and learn stuff in their office. Let's not also forget about plugging Helen Keller in to our lessons as well. We'll be talking about her tomorrow! :)

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Kylee says the 50 states in 30 seconds!

The girls have had fun with this!! Ashlyn is more than halfway there, but Kylee learned them in a week in alphabetical order. I'm, ofcourse, a proud mommy!


I must tell you that this comes from a song called "The 50 states that rhyme." When we were listening to the song, it was to the tune of Turkey in the Straw. Here are the lyrics, in case, you want to give it a try:

Alabama, and Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas California, Colorado, Co-nnecticut and more Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho Illinois, Indi-a-na, I-o-wa ...35 to go...

Kansas, and Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine Maryland, Massachusetts and good old Michigan Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, and Montana Nebraska's 27, number 28's Nevada

Next, New Hampshire, and New Jersey, and way down, New Mexico There's New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, now let's see Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee

Texas and there's Utah, Vermont, I'm almost through Virginia and there's Washington, and West Virginia, too Could Wisconsin be the last state or is it just 49? No, Wyoming is the last state in The 50 States That Rhyme!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

The three states of matter are solid, liquid, gas....all day long!

Well, the past couple of days, we've been learning about matter and the three states of matter (Solid, Liquid, and Gas). We sang a little song to the tune of "Wheels on the Bus." The girls loved it and it can be quite catchy! It goes like this...

The three states of matter are solid, liquid, gas,
Solid, liquid, gas; Solid, liquid, gas.
The three states of matter are solid, liquid, gas,
All day long.

The floor is a solid; you can jump up and down,
Jump up and down; Jump up and down.
The floor is a solid; you can jump up and down,
All day long.

Water is a liquid you can drink right down,
Drink right down, Drink right down.
Water is a liquid you can drink right down
All day long.

Air is a gas you can breathe right in,
Breathe right in; Breathe right in.
Air is a gas you can breathe right in,
All day long.

The three states of matter are solid, liquid, gas,
Solid, liquid, gas; Solid, liquid, gas.
The three states of matter are solid, liquid, gas,
All day long.

We also did an experiment called sink or float. The girls had fun with this. We had to hunt down items that were in this game that I cut out originally for a file folder, but we turned it into a game and experiment. So we got a paper clip, pencil, salt, nail, scissors, feather, leaf, etc. and we did an experiment on each item to see if it would sink or float. This is also great for cause and effect. We did that too! The girls loved it. Anything hands on, they love! I've posted pictures!