Friday, February 19, 2016

Measure & Pour

This month we are learning about Food & Fitness with Mother Goose Time.  Week 1 was all about the food groups.  Now we are in week 2 and I wasn't quite sure what to expect.

This is how the week "In the Kitchen" was laid out, Cleaning & Safety, Measure & Pour, Chop & Stir, Bake & Cook, lastly Set & Serve.

First up on Measure & Pour day was to sing the song I'm a Little Teapot.  What's funny about this is that my boys have probably sung a song to the tune of I'm a Little Teapot a thousand times.  But I am not sure we have sang the original.  It was a great reminder to teach them the classics.

Next we built our lemonade stands.  Mother Goose Time provided us with a lemonade stand cut out to fold and tape.  They also provided MGT money, an open and closed sign and little plastic cups.  There were enough cups so each child could have 2.
Lachlan set his up in the kitchen while I made lemonade in a water bottle with a nice pour spout.  I was Lachlan's first customer. Lemonade was $1.
 He poured it perfectly.

 Next customer was Adam.  First he had to pay of course.
 I instructed Lachlan to not pour a full cup for his smallest customer.
 That's one happy and cute customer. 
 I ordered another cup.
 Peter was busy cutting up his MGT money and getting his lemonade stand ready for business.

 First customer.
 Peter poured very nicely . . .
and then he tried to set down the cup as he was also setting down the water bottle.  It spilled every where.  I did my best to stay chill and just clean it up.  :)  It was for school after all.
I got on the computer to get some work done and they continued to play lemonade stand in the kitchen.
For the lesson Pouring Experiment I decided to take things outside.  The lemonade spill may have motivated me towards that direction as well.  Oh, and it was gorgeous outside.

I brought a few Lego duplos out and set them up as buildings and houses in our sand table. We talked about how water falls from the sky when it rains and what that water does to the land as it travels down and to the streams, rivers and oceans. Then we poured water over our sand and dublos, first slow and then fast.
 First slow.
 Then fast . . . total destruction.
 Peter helped me refill in the house.  I was using hot water, it is still winter, technically.
 There was no slow pour for Peter.
 Adam's turn of course.
 He didn't pour slow until the last few drips. 
This was a neat way to experiment with water and the impact it has on our land.

The next lesson was Measuring Bowls.  We were to use measuring cups and 3 to 4 different sized bowls.  We were to have them guess how many cups it would take to fill the bowls and then test their guess.  I adapted this lesson quite a bit because I remembered my Discovery Toys Measure Up Cups that I have been meaning to try out for quite a while. 
 These are stacking and nesting cups that are numbered from 1 to 12. The cups are designed to be volumetrically proportional.  For example the #1 cup volume plus the #2 cup volume will equal the volume of #3.  So #1 can be poured into #3 then #2 can be poured into #3 and it will fill the #3 cup. 
The cups are designed to be volumetrically proportional. For example, the volume of cup #1 plus the volume of cup #2 equals the volume of cup #3. Use this feature to visually demonstrate basic math concepts, including addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. - See more at: http://www.discoverytoys.com/PublicStore/stores/homeoffice/CORPAM/product/Measure-Up-Cups,619.aspx#sthash.rvAlvwaV.dpuf
The cups are designed to be volumetrically proportional. For example, the volume of cup #1 plus the volume of cup #2 equals the volume of cup #3. Use this feature to visually demonstrate basic math concepts, including addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. - See more at: http://www.discoverytoys.com/PublicStore/stores/homeoffice/CORPAM/product/Measure-Up-Cups,619.aspx#sthash.rvAlvwaV.dpuf
The cups are designed to be volumetrically proportional. For example, the volume of cup #1 plus the volume of cup #2 equals the volume of cup #3. Use this feature to visually demonstrate basic math concepts, including addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. - See more at: http://www.discoverytoys.com/PublicStore/stores/homeoffice/CORPAM/product/Measure-Up-Cups,619.aspx#sthash.rvAlvwaV.dpuf
The cups are designed to be volumetrically proportional. For example, the volume of cup #1 plus the volume of cup #2 equals the volume of cup #3. Use this feature to visually demonstrate basic math concepts, including addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. - See more at: http://www.discoverytoys.com/PublicStore/stores/homeoffice/CORPAM/product/Measure-Up-Cups,619.aspx#sthash.rvAlvwaV.dpuf
I showed Peter how it worked and he took off from there.  Doing tons and tons of math in the winter sun. 
Because this day was so beautiful outside I had a really hard time getting the boys to do anything but play outside.  Who can blame them?  That's why I was so thankful for this day from Mother Goose Time.  I feel like we covered a lot of the basics and all through play.

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