This was lunch for Kai on Valentine’s Day. Heart-shaped pink chocolate chip pancakes. Over a week later, he’s STILL talking about them.
It doesn’t take much to make a day special.
Kai and I have been working on a project that I heard about over on Life on a Canadian Island. She’s got a WONDERFUL post on her (older) blog telling you all about how to get started. The project, “Mystery Class”, involves tracking daylight at your home city and ten other mystery locations, along with receiving clues at/from the website, to attempt to locate ten mystery locations.
We’re using the graph slightly different than they typically do on the Mystery Class website, but I like this way better, especially for younger kids (Kai is five).
While we’ve been doing this project, Joe and I have been reading books to Kai about seasonal changes, daylight, time, etc. We’ve talked about geography, including the north and south poles, the Equator, and the hemispheres.
Now that we’re up to three weeks of data, Kai’s been able to see some patterns. He can see that light has been steadily increasing or decreasing but that, in some areas, though it is consistent, there is very little change.
Today, I challenged him to see if he could predict, based on what he knew, what hemisphere each site belonged in, based solely on light changes. He knows that we live in the northern hemisphere, that we’re steadily getting more daylight each week, and that everything that is also getting more light each day should be in the same hemisphere. He also knows that seasons in the southern hemisphere are opposite ours and so that means the light should be decreasing each day. Using all of this knowledge, he picked out which ones he thinks belong in the northern hemisphere and which ones he thinks belong in the southern hemisphere. He picked out where he thinks they belong by himself. The only thing I had to help him with were the ones that did not have much change in light one way or another and all I did for those was help him look closer (I did not provide the answer for him).
So, here are Kai’s predictions.
Aside from home, he thinks numbers 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, and 10 are all in the north.
He thinks numbers 2, 4, 6, and 8 are all in the south.
After working on the project today, Kai wanted to make a video. He combined some of what he’s learned working on this with part of what he’s learned about the solar system. We had a few inaccuracies, which we talked about afterwards, but he has the overall concepts. I’d rather he get the concepts than the numbers, so I’m not complaining!
This was taken in one shot, no practice, no working together on what he was going to talk about beforehand. (In completely related news, I think I’m going to have to get a tripod one of these days. Sorry about any camera shake.)
Playing the recorder “his way”:
Working in his math journal:
Pancakes for lunch!:
Silly pancake faces:
Game night (Pokemon):
He said this was his “sky” outfit. Later called it his “flying” outfit.
New-to-us site, ABCya.com
Toast, with sprinkles:
Working on the Mystery Class Journey North project:
During the Superbowl, I made this on one of Kai’s pairs of jeans. He wasn’t home, but when he finally did see them he said Kai. “Aah! I LOVE rockets! And everyone will see them and say ‘Cool pants.'”
Because all I see is “error there, error there, error there”. But I haven’t embroidered in a few years. It was… enjoyable. (Frustrating at times, yes, but enjoyable.) And I’m thinking of doing it again soon.
This month has been one of our more laid-back months since we moved to Seattle. It’s been rainy, wet, and cold, so we’ve stayed home a fair bit.
Bits about this month, in no particular order:
And that’s just the stuff involving Kai. He’s at his mother’s house every other weekend, so Joe and I use
that time for errands do random stuff.
I also thought I’d post our book list for the month, including audiobooks, but not including any interactive books or books-read-by-the-TV/computer. At some point during the month, I got sick. So, I stopped tracking as much as I should have. Consider this a partial list.
Kai’s January 2013 Reading List