One of my goals this summer is to keep my kids interested and engaged in school related topics. While I think creative play and having an awesome time at camp is important, I want to make sure they are going to be ready for the school year come August 27th. So, I decided to take my handy little Teacher Planner that I got for free LAST summer from Lakeshore Learning and started making plans for the next 3 months. I have three areas for A & I – Reading, Math, and Science. Each weekday we’ll do an activity in Reading that is age appropriate. For example, A will learn sight words (5 per week) and we’ll look them up in magazines, stories, learn to spell them and say them. Little Man I will learn the letters of the alphabet and will do tracing activities, dot markers, highlighting letters in a search and find worksheet, etc. Then every other day we’ll switch between math and science. I think both are equally important but having all three subjects EVERY DAY will become very overwhelming and boring. Luckily, I have the luxury of changing the “program” as often I want.
First I started looking on Pinterest to get some ideas for activities for kindergarten and preschoolers. Tonight, for Science, I had the kids look at things that would dissolve. This was great because it didn’t cost much because I had most of the supplies. Here’s what you need:
- 6 things that will dissolve or not dissolve. I used sugar, flour, pepper, uncooked egg noodle, bread, and a cracker.
- A sheet to guess (aka hypothesize) whether or not the item will dissolve and then to record the actual result.
- A cup of water
- A stick (we used a chopstick..haha..Asian families)
- An excited and curious child
I got the little sample cups from Smart and Final for super cheap ($2 for 50, I think). Then I made my own record sheets for the kids. Before we started, I told them what the definition of “dissolve” was and asked them to tell me if they though the item was going to “disappear” in the water. Then I had them circle “yes” or “no”. Once they did that, I had the kids pour water into each of the cups (about 1/2 way) and then had them stir it with their (chop)stick. They were amazed at how some things dissolved and others didn’t. I think they understood the concept of the word. We recorded our hypothesis and then the actual result. They had some giggles, some brain neuron connections made, and enjoyed pouring all of the remaining stuff into one single cup to make a “yucky” mixture.