Yesterday our friends came over for our Wednesday afternoon homeschool get-togethers. Susan has been generous in letting those afternoons follow the units Andrew and I have been working on assuring me that her kids really do like weather! and volcanos too! I have a feeling at this point I could suggest just about anything and she would insist her kids love that topic too!
It’s nice having flexible friends.
So last week we did several experiments that model an erupting volcano. This week I made a big batch of playdough (using a recipe I don’t recommend…I was out of cream of tartar and desperate and paid for it with super sticky playdough! Use this recipe instead! You’ll be glad you did!).
And we used the playdough to make…..
models of the earth!
We started with a small ball of yellow: the inner core. The we rolled out some greenish/yellow and wrapped it around the inner core making the outer core. Then we added the inner mantle, the outer mantle and the crust! As we were making the earths we were talking about what parts of the earth are the hottest, the names of all the layers (“are you having trouble rolling out your inner mantle? hmmm…here’s more flour. Keep trying!” “The crust is so hard to get on!”) and most volcano-y…we talked about which layer the magma comes from.
Then, we cut them open to admire their layers.
And we poured over the illustrations in the volcano books.
These afternoons have been going so well. It’s great for Susan and I to have another adult around a little. It’s great for the kids to have each other to learn from and play with. It’s also gives Susan and I an excuse to do bigger projects than we might normally do. We all really enjoy it.
Even this new guy:
Little Gregory is just so very tiny baby. Barely even really a person. 4 weeks old and Susan already thinks he’s huge and I assure her…he’s still so small. And so quiet during our lessons. He can’t be listening in….right? hmmm…