Sunday, October 07, 2012

Thanks, Colleen!

For the Pinterest thingy-thing about science. I found this, and the blog it belonged to seems to be gone so I can't credit it to anyone:
Good visual  #week1 #science #cycle1 #classicalconversations
but it's really cool. We're doing a lot of science and math right now, informally (I'm sorry to say that Nat's fricking enormous spider-friend outside the window seems to have been eaten) and I'm looking for visuals. This I want to save for when Nat can read more. This blog is an online journal, source of occasional conversation, and my commonplace book for saving things I think are neat or beautiful or otherwise worth saving.

Thanksgiving dinner was full of chicken balls, and that was good. Nat had wacky high blood sugar all day for no discernible reason, but was still pretty well-behaved, and Thomas continues kissing everyone passionately   all the time when he's not whacking someone with a stick or crying to be picked up because his poor sad almost-three-year-old legs don't work and he needs carrying. Since he can tear up and down hills at hyper speed I am unconvinced about his occasional Victorian Invalidism, but he does poor sad baby so well- do you know what it's like to try to walk a cat on a leash? Like, my poor kitty lost all his bones? Thomas does that.

Anyway, happy Thanksgiving, everyone. We are giving thanks over here.


Steph said...

Kyra, here's an idea:
Get two extremely large packing boxes. Label one "Living", and the other "non-living".

Inside the non-living box, put some rocks, metal stuff, etc., (or use materials classification, if you really want to).

Inside the living box:
Put 5 smaller boxes, preferably all the same colour or style. Glue construction paper crowns to the side, and label them "kingdom: animal", "Kingdom: fungus", etc., with an accompanying, representative picture.

Inside the animal box, put two smaller boxes. Glue a picture of bones to one, and stick some kind of jelly-like substance to the other. Label them: "Phylum: Vertebrates" and "Phylum: Invertebrates"

I think you get the picture... And are maybe you are thinking of using bags instead of boxes, because we are getting very bulky here...

When you get to the innermost classification, choose a different colour or symbol for each one. Fill them with little animals, plants, etc. according to their correct classification. (You could use whatever miniature toy animals you've got lying around, or print some little pictures and cut them out, or collect the 40% off coupons for Michaels and buy those "safari toobs" they have. It'll end up costing you about $7 per tube of 12, after taxes and discount). Put a symbol or colour mark on the underside of each item, to match the box or bag it's supposed to go in. That way Nat can figure out where each goes, if he's playing with it on his own.

You could start smaller rather than showing him the whole shebang at once, or give him a presentation, just to show him how there are all these different categories. Evaluate his real attention span. Leave out a box with just the arthropods for instance, and he could play with it for a while until you change it with another one.

"Hi, I'm a crustacean. I'm bigger than you, you piddly little six legged insect!!! Beware my powerful claws!! They will snap at you like this! Snap snap.".
" Oh yah? Well mr. Sand Crab, you haven't yet met my friend the Goliath beetle. Behold his dark hued exoskeleton. As strong as yours, and as big as a human hand! Also more polite than you. Ha! May your eyes, which are at the end of little stalks, tremble in fear at its massive size, strength, and shiny wing cases!!".

The animals can double as phonics objects, role playing toys, things to drop down your shirt collar when he's bored, etc.

lissla lissar said...

We will have arthropods eating the Playskool baby Jesus from the creche. It will be fun.

That's a very cool idea. It'll require some prep, so I think I'll start collecting and considering.

The chances of anything that complex remaining organized for long is minimal, but we could try, especially if organizing it were a game.

Steph, I've been meaning to ask if your polite, well-behaved children would like to meet our insane rambunctious weirdos. I'll facebook message you.

Steph said...

That sounds like fun. Charlie does find new social situations to be somewhat intimidating, especially if there is a lot of noise, or if toy negotiation is involved. Maybe therefore, a good first meetup kind of place would be somewhere outside, or at an indoor location where there's neat stuff to look at or do. How do you feel about hauling the twins and your two boys somewhere? Maybe with a helper? Most likely a weekday morning would be best. (Sort of late-ish, because it will take us a little over an hour to get there). Lennil is just swamped and our Saturdays are booked up for weeks. Do facebook message me.

Steph said...

I feel compelled to add that the above comment was in no way meant to reflect any perceived behavior your children might have. I am sure they have moments of all types, just like other young children. This kind of thing is very important. Otherwise, what would we have to talk about with future daughters and sons in-law? Charlie is just quite shy, and is still working on his sharing skills, that's all.

lissla lissar said...

Well, Nat is generally the antithesis of shy, and perceives everyone in the world as his friend, so I hope it works out. We are continually puzzled to have produced a high-energy extrovert.