Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Triops and Trouble

Well, the last twenty-four hours have been fun.  For starters, last night, the water in our Triops 'aquarium' could never get warm enough to add our eggs.  (The paperwork strictly stated that if our water was too cold, our eggs would never hatch.)  I tried to heat it with every lamp I own, but nothing put out enough heat because it was either too tall or the wattage of the bulb wasn't high enough.  Mags, of course, reminded me repeatedly that we needed to add the Triops eggs, so we finally came to an understanding that we would find and purchase a proper lamp (AKA: a small, high-heat, desk lamp with a bendable arm) today.  Well, after a trip to KMart and $12.99 (plus tax) later, we finally were able to get a good heat source to keep our water at a constant 73+ degrees.  And, to top it off, we had a three-year-old 'moment' at the library's storytime today, to which I picked up Mags, sideways, hollering and kicking all the way out the door.  (Sorry, Ms. Kim!)  Anyway, we are alive and happy again, Triops eggs incubating.  Here are some photos:

My final, successful attempt at getting our Triops water warm enough ... a little bit of foil + a low, hot heat = 73+ degrees of warm bath for Triops eggs!
 They're quite hard to see, but in front of the water conditioner (the teabag-looking thing), you can see a clump of small, tan dots.  These are our Triops eggs.
 Maggie, with a bird match-up game.
 We went on a walk around the neighborhood, looking and listening for birds, and we hit the jackpot at our neighbor's feeders!
 After our walk, watching The Weather Channel, and viewing weather.com, Maggie predicted today's weather to be 'Sunny!' 
 We made a snake out of an 'S,' our letter for the week.
Today, we:
Social:
1. We attended Preschool Adventures (or, most of it) at North Columbus Library, where we learned about spiders.  We left before the craft, but we did manage to hear three books, Itsy Bitsy Spider by Keith Chapman, The Itsy Bitsy Spider by Iza Trapani, and The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle.
Letter 'S':
1. We found the 'S's in our letter magnets and spelled out words that start with 'S.'
2. We made a snake out of an 'S.'
Birds:
1. We read Birds by Kevin Henkes.
2. We read About Birds by Cathryn Sill.
3. We read Birdsongs by Betsy Franco and Steven Jenkins.
4. We watched the All About Birds DVD that we borrowed from the library.
5. We read the 'Hello and Good-Bye' action rhyme in our High Five magazine, March 2011, pages 32-33 (about robins).
6. We went out for a walk and observed the birds.  We observed what they were doing, how they moved, and the sounds that they made.  We pretended we were birds and acted out the different ways we would move if we were a finch or a hummingbird or a penguin.  (She then proudly reminded me that chickens don't fly either, which she remembered from our Farm study!)
7. We played the 'Birds, Birds, Birds' card game in our High Five magazine, March 2011, back cover.
8. We listened to different birds' sounds online.
Weather:
1. We observed the weather outdoors, then watched The Weather Channel together, followed by a peek at Weather.com and determined that it was 'sunny' today.  We then looked at tomorrow's weather to determine how we should dress for our field trip to Callaway Gardens.
2. We watched the following episodes of our Sid the Science Kid: Weather Sid Kid DVD: 'Sid's Rainy Play Date,' 'Special Sunny Dad Day,' 'Sid's Holiday Adventure,' and 'The Wind Did It.'
3. We read the 'What Can We Do?' story in High Five magazine, February 2011, pgs. 12-15 (about weather).
4. We read It is Sunny by Kelly Doudna.
Opposites (review):
1. We completed the two opposites worksheets (pages 22-23) in our Care Bears Thinking Skills workbook.
2. We completed the 'Opposites Attract' worksheet in our Getting Your Preschooler Ready to Read book, page 23.
Numbers:
1. We completed three worksheets that required her to match the correct numerals to each set and match sets with equal amounts of objects.

Tomorrow, we spend the day with our buddy, Paisley, at Callaway Gardens, where we intend to picnic and find more birds to observe!  (The Gardens are free all this month!)  Check us out! 

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