Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Elephant Toothpaste!

Day 2 of Kindergarten is complete and it was a happier day for Maggie than it was for her yesterday.  (She was really bucking the system.)  Hopefully, things will just keep going more and more smoothly.

For our Bible study, we focused on Chapter 2 in the Book of Genesis, about Adam and Eve.  (We'll get into the "Sneaky Snake" bit tomorrow.)  After we read out of her Bible, we read Adam and Eve and the Garden of Eden by Jane Ray, which is full of GREAT illustrations!  
She then colored this picture of Eden, with the colors she imagined were in it.
For Science, we are still pondering the question, "What is science?"  She was very eager to do a science project, so I thought this one, "Elephant Toothpaste," would be a fun start.  I found the directions for it at  For the same, you need a plastic soda bottle (we used a 20 ounce), 2 tablespoons of warm water, 1 teaspoon of yeast, 1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide, 5 drops food coloring, and a squirt of dish soap.  First, place your clean, empty soda bottle in a larger dish, like Maggie is doing here.
 Next, combine your 2 tablespoons warm water with your 1 teaspoon yeast and swirl to mix.  Set aside.
 Then, carefully add 1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide to your empty bottle.
 Add 4-5 drops of food coloring in the color of your choice.  (Maggie, of course, chose red!)  :)
 Then, add a squirt of dish soap to your peroxide and food coloring solution.  
 Swirl to mix.
 Finally, add your yeast mixture to your bottle.
 Then, watch your experiment expand!
 Getting bigger ...
 ... and rising higher!
 Whoa!  We have "Elephant Toothpaste!"
 What did we learn?  Science is experimenting and science is fun!  :)
Yesterday, in Social Studies/Geography, we studied the universe.  Today, we studied the solar system.  (If you haven't caught on yet, we are placing her in the world from the largest to the smallest, her town.  Tomorrow, we will cover Earth.)  These general studies will be further dissected in our Science curriculum in a few short weeks, but for now, we're just skimming the surface to give her an idea of how big of a place she is a part of.  (You'll see a neat craft on this later in the week.)  Until then, on to today's solar system study!  For the same, we read The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! There's No Place Like Space! All About Our Solar System by Tish Rabe ...
... and Me and My Place in Space by Joan Sweeney.  Both are fantastic books!
We then reviewed the contents of our solar system, in order of the planets from the sun, which I had hung last night for today.  (It will stay up for a few weeks until after we are done this study in Science later.)
For a solar system craft, we borrowed the idea from, using black paper, a spray bottle, white paint, star stickers, glitter glue, white glue, and spheres (to resemble the planets) cut from colored paper.  First, we added a little paint to our spray bottle and diluted it with water.  Then, we sprayed our black paper lightly with the diluted paint to make a splash of stars for our backdrop.
Here it is, once dry.  Now, it's ready for some stars and planets!
Last night, I cut out and put together our planets and sun for today.  I just used scrapbooking paper and crayons to add color and texture.
 Here's Mags, gluing her planets onto her solar system picture.
 Then, we added star stickers.
 Finally, we added glitter glue tails to our stars to make comets.
 Here is our solar system picture, all complete!  (She is VERY proud of it!)  :)
Day 2 is done!  Only 178 more to go!  One thing to ponder ... do you ever take for granted simply writing the number 8?  After trying to review that with Mags today, I sure do!  See you tomorrow!

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