Monday, 1 July 2013

The Magic of Magnets!

This morning started with dinosaurs for maths.  Honi used them to add and subtract and it took the Rahhh!  out of the morning as before hand Honi was very vocal.  For the subtraction she acted out the T-rex munching the other dinosaurs - it worked, she was happy and she was getting her maths done.  Result!

 

Harmonie played around with stickers this morning while the rest of us were busy with workbooks and pottering round the house - great for her fine motor skills.  It was quite a peaceful morning - I even got a 20 minute workout before getting washed and ready this morning and squeezed in a morning coffee too.

Today, at our local home ed science group, the children had great fun getting hands on and trying all the different magnet related projects I had prepared today.  We learnt about magnetic fields,  playing about with magnetic putty...

 
 
Made cars magically move...


Test how strong magnets are and what they are attracted toomade our own compass ...

 
we also made an electromagnet...
 
 
 
 
I was talking to the Mums at group today about how schools should do a lot more practical work with children first, especially when it comes to things like science. I believe everyone learns a lot more about things from actually doing it. 
 
The longer I home educate the more it astounds me how certain teachers at my school simply failed me and maybe many more students.  At school I would have told you physics was a boring subject and I was completely rubbish at it but since learning about it for myself, as you probably have already noticed, I am madly passionate about it and hungry to know what I can about it.  I love how physics is in everything; I love how understanding more about the world around me makes it look, somehow, even more amazing that before and how it intensifies the beauty of the everyday things around us. 
 
I hope you all had a lovely day today, wasn't it warm!  We spent the rest of our afternoon playing in the park with Nana before having a quick coffee then pizza and ice-cream for afters - not at the same time!  Such a lovely day.

Oh, just quickly had to share with you this lovely moment that Harmonie and Honi had...

 
Honi declared Harmonie 'so fun to play with'  It's lovely when sibling reach that age where they can properly intract and play on the same level.  Honi was the Vet today, looking after the poorlly doggie (Harmonie).  Heart flooding with joy for my littlies!



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  1. This sounds like an amazing day and your Science activities are so inspiring.. I want to get started. I imagine the resources must be so expensive though...

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    1. It can be but there is so much that can be made from very inexpensive things :) As I said on Facebook, you can always ask me any questions and I'll be happy to help :D

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