24.01.2015 - 24.01.2015 32 °C
Maybe it's because my grandfather was a teacher. Or maybe its because it's that I spent my first several years of school at an unconventional school. Either way, I've always thought that homeschooling was a rather foolish idea (sorry homeschoolers).
During Kaito's afternoon naps Audrey and I have been taking the two older Ines and working on their reading, writing and math. The kids have been doing a little writing everyday often in the form of a blog entry and practicing their times tables, and addition/subtraction every day. We also try to find fun practical science experiments to do, like figuring out what sinks and what floats in the sink and where all the garbage goes. Our most successful science project so far was measuring the water bottles to fine the least wasteful way to consume our bottled water. When one of the kids asked how many small 500mL bottles it took to make one large 5L bottle Audrey seized the learning opportunity. We did some calculations, the scrounged up an assortment if 500mL, 1.5L and 5L bottles. The first step was to check if the calculations were correct (yes indeed, 10x 500mL=5L) using water from the pool. Lacking a calibrated scale, we weighed the bottles against each other using a balance scale made of an aluminum tent pole and dental floss.
Weighs just a little bit more..
That's pretty close to equal given the accuracy of our scale
The results were actually a little surprising: the least wasteful way is actually to consume the water from 1.5L bottles followed very closely 5L. Science actually can be fun and interesting. Funny how we all can learn something with a bit of time, curiosity, a tent pole, dental floss and some garbage. Our next project is to figure out where the garbage all goes.