Last week we worked on the letter Cc. We had an extra special surprise for C week. Aunt Candace (my sister) came to stay with us for the week! It is always a good time to see family. Even though we had company, we continued with school. We let our special guest of honor pick the theme of the week. She picked clouds, because it was one of her favorite things to learn about when she was little.
I printed a capital letter C for each of the girls. They painted this C by dipping a cotton ball in white paint and then dabbing it onto the C. This was supposed to look like clouds.
We read several cloud books this week.
We also watched a couple of water cycle/cloud movies.
The girls learned that there is water in the air and that clouds are formed by tiny droplets of water attaching themselves to dust particles. They learned that some clouds also contain chunks of ice. They learned that some clouds can move as fast as race cars! They learned that clouds are named based on their shape and their location in the sky. We didn't do any formal labeling cloud types or matching cloud types, but Aunt Candace pointed out the different types of clouds and named them (and sometimes quizzed Arin) whenever we were outside.
We did a cloud experiment in the kitchen. This experiment comes from the book 365 Simple Science Experiments. I boiled a kettle of water on the stove. Once we saw steam, Aunt Candace held up a pie plate to catch the cloud. The girls were able to see the cloud real well, even though you can not see it in this picture. Once there was too much water in the cloud (all the water was gathering on the pie plate), it began to rain down. I'm not sure that Arin really understood everything that was happening, but she was impressed enough to tell her daddy about it when he got home.
Our second experiment shows that there is water in the air all around us, even though we can't always feel it. Again, this came from the book 365 Simple Science Experiments. Arin filled an empty, clean tin can with ice cubes. Then, she poured water into the can. We had previously dyed the water blue. We let the can stand on the counter for five or so minutes. Once we returned to look at the can, we saw water droplets forming on the outside of the can. The water was clear, which means that it did not come from the inside of the can, but rather from water already in the air.
I think that cloud study is still a bit advanced for Arin, but as with all of her learning, we believe in exposing her to these things from a young age and reintroducing it with more depth as she gets older.