It’s another day of Summer Solstice activities and fun for Cinco and The Princess. Today we finished off some fairy projects but also started working on the sun aspect of the solstice.
We bought this solar power kit (I got it for $4 new @ Goodwill– go figure) The kit was not quite as easy as they suggested it would be on the box. We had to use the glue gun to make sure all the parts stuck together, especially the Eiffel Tower–which would NEVER have stayed together without the glue gun!
Then we had a slight issue with our solar panel. One of the wires connecting the panel to the charger was loose. Luckily, I managed to re-attach it using some packing tape. This provided us the chance to talk about how the energy circuit had to be a closed loop for the machines to work properly. So, it all worked out and we even had a little extra lesson.
We got everything up and running and then decided to do an “experiment” to see how long a full charge could keep the windmill turning. Seems the answer is 10 minutes 59 seconds. Cinco was excited by this because his guess had been 12 minutes so he was pretty close. Tomorrow Cinco plans to see how long a full charge will power the waterwheel and Eiffel Tower.
Math practice was also sun themed with a worksheet from teach-nology.com. It’s an addition worksheet that has the student color in un as they do the math problems.
Work on Fairy Manner continued. We got the garden/outdoor feature settled. We have a river w/ boats and oars, a bridge (Thanks again, Disney), trees and a picket fence (mini popsicle sticks $1 @ goodwill).
We also made a wand for the fairy princess! But sadly, we did not have the time to make the bow and arrow. I guess that has to wait until tomorrow!
Even mom campers have to eat, so we went to Trader Joe’s. We didn’t let that car ride go to waste.We listened to Shakespeare for Children by Jim Weiss. It’s a children’s version of two of Shakespeare’s plays on the disk narrated by Jim Weiss. I love his CD’s and now you can you can get audio downloads of his work on Amazon, which is new and great! We listened to Midsummer Night’s Dream on the car ride. The story is a little confusing with so many changes in the love triangles.
I think reading the book with the kids and listening to another version of it will help them to figure out what is happening in the story.
Oh and we ended with baseball practice and swimming lessons again!