Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Preschool: Car Wash Activities

Hi! I'm Leslie- a homeschooling momma to an almost 5 year old girl (seriously can't believe I just typed that) and 17 month old boy.  The 2 are as different as night and day.  I share our adventures here to both inspire learning at home and chronicle our lives, because honestly, I never started the baby books and my kids will just have to look back on their childhood through this blog... ha #keepinitreal.

Everything can turn into a fun learning experience!
We are enjoying a month of focusing on all things that have Bubbles, Boats, and Floats from 
Mother Goose Time.  This week we have had a blast learning about Soapy Water through daily topics such as Bath Time, Washing Dishes, Laundry, Bubble, and the Car Wash!


We usually hand wash our car.  It's been really fun seeing my girl get into it.  On this particular day, I had my kids wash their vehicles (Cozy Coupe and Trike) which they had a blast doing. 
Before we had fun in outside literally washing cars, we had some fun indoors too! 

What person does not love rubbing their hands through shaving cream?
I know I still do.  Break out that bottle (we bought ours at Dollar Tree) and practice writing letters in the foam.  I used our picture cards (that I turned into magnets...see that post here) from MGT.  My girl said the word on the picture, focusing on the beginning sound, and then wrote that letter in her cream.  I then passed the magnet to my son who put it on a metal tray.  
I am really trying to get him involved.  He is one of those people who did not like putting his hands in the shaving cream.  He is consistent at staying true to being completely opposite of his sister.



Car Washes don't have to be outside!
They can be inside too!  Our STEAM station suggested taping streamers or fasteners to an open box to allow kids to pass cars through.  Our MATH game had us sorting cars by size.  I just combined the two.  I taped some streamers to our chair, and MGT sent some sorting signs (Large Parking, Medium Parking, and Small Parking).  We gathered all the toy vehicles (including trains) and passed them through our car wash.  Usually little brother passed the cars to sister who then sorted them by size.  What I really loved about this activity, was how my girl had to keep comparing the cars to what we had.  We ended up with a lot of large cars, but we had some other sizes as well.




After my son's nap, and my girl's quiet time, we ventured outdoors to wash their vehicles.  
All I needed was a bucket of soapy water, 2 sponges, and their vehicles.  Fine motor skills were practiced as they squeezed the sponges, and they had to pay attention to make sure they removed all the dirt.  They really liked focusing on the tires. 





You should also try to eat soapy bubbly water at least once in your life.
You haven't lived your best life until then ;) 
 He's so stinkin' cute.
They were busy washing their cars for over 1/2 and hour and they both had so much fun doing it together.  I love seeing them work on things together.

I love how MGT turns everything into learning experiences... even car washing.

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Thursday, May 9, 2019

Preschool: Exploring Waterfalls

Hi! I'm Leslie- a homeschooling momma to an almost 5 year old girl (seriously can't believe I just typed that) and 17 month old boy.  The 2 are as different as night and day.  I share our adventures here to both inspire learning at home and chronicle our lives, because honestly, I never started the baby books and my kids will just have to look back on their childhood through this blog... ha #keepinitreal.

In my life before being a homeschool preschool momma, I was a public education teacher.
I taught 3rd, 4th, 6th grades (all subjects), and high school Art. You can read about those days here,  Creating "Wonder" in learning can be tough in public school, but it's one of my most favorite things to observe in my preschooler. 
As we explored waterfalls, I got to see that wonder again and again.  



We've been using Mother Goose Time as our preschool curriculum for almost 3 years, and this month is all about Bubbles, Boats, and Floats!
Our STEAM station on Waterfall Day suggested going outside to do this activity.  Anytime I can take learning outdoors, I try to do it!  Who says learning has to be at a desk inside all day anyway?

Grab some spray bottles and put different colored water in each one.  I put water in our bottles and added these liquid watercolors.  They are my FAVE, but you could definitely use food coloring.
Using primary colors (red, yellow, and blue) will lead to the best results, and a great experiment in color mixing!  I just used red (turned more pinkish) and blue since I only had 2 bottles.
I used some long copy paper and the kids got right to work spraying the top of the paper and watching the water drip down like a waterfall.


I love this picture below!  Look at them observing the paper... even little brother got in on it!  
They began to notice that the water kept going down the same path and eventually it tore.



They noticed the tear before I did.
"Why did it break?" our little friend visiting asked.
This led to a great discussion about how powerful water is!  

I wanted my girl and her little buddy to each have some artwork to hang on the walls at home, so I got out some watercolor paper- one for each of them and attached it to the fence just like the long piece of copy paper.  They then took turns spraying the papers and watching the water trickle down.


What did they learn?
-Water is powerful.  It can tear and break things.
-Water always goes down.
-Water likes to go down the same path over and over.
-When red and blue mix, it creates purple.


We had so much fun!
I am so thankful MGT has all these wonderful ideas I can pull from to create fun learning experiences for my kids (and their friends)!   Honestly, my brain is fried by the time they go to bed, and the thought of creating a lesson from scratch each and everyday makes that fried brain, spin.  

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Happy Learning, friends!