Sunday, May 07, 2006

Meterioligist in the Making...

Joel is loving his weather project so far. He's looking at wind direction & speed and clouds on a daily basis. He's done a few experiments - making clouds (didn't work though :( ), making rain - see piccie, made a weather vain, assembled a anemometer (measures wind speed) and a rain gauge and is keeping a record of the weather for a week - or maybe more as this week has been pretty uneventful on the wind front!

He's basically doing it for an hour or so each day and supposedly unaided, but in reality...Well, he is only seven! But to make it even more brill we managed to get a fab science kit from 'The Works' this week - all about weather! £10 and it's got over 30 different activities included in it - including the anemometer :) (Apparently they have others too - electricity is one I know of, but others too. My friend picked mine up for me, but it's definatly worth a look at.) So with that to complement our WHSmiths weather projects leaflet we are very happy!

Joel also did very well in his end of book maths review - overall mark of 93%, so I was very pleased with him - looks like he is ready to move on afterall!

I got hold of a Miquon lab annotations book this week and thought I'd give that a go with Abbie, just to supplement her a bit, as I suspect she is not going to be a numbers whizz and it's been quite a struggle with Joel as points. I thought I could use miquon to help them both along actually. I need to get the workbooks now though, because I cheated this week and just enlarged the little ones in the teachers book to full size, just so we could trial it. It was a hit! Both Abbie and Phoebe loved it and really enjoyed playing with the rods. It was great the Phoebe could 'get it' too and she was persistent - didn't stop untill she had finished two sheets like her sister! I like the idea of 'playing' maths!

5 comments:

Jules said...

Oooh, enjoyed that post. Weather is something we will be doing a project on shortly...

Jax said...

The works eh? Not sure I go anywhere near one any more, which is a shame, as that fits nicely with some stuff I'm interested in atm.

Katy said...

guess who will be off to the Works tomorrow then!!! I am definitely in the market for "experiment kits" just now!

Oh, and re Miquon, teh cheapest I've found for them is RAinbow Resources or if you are *desperate* for some *now* then you can download them at $6 each from https://www.homeschoolestore.com (and you get a discount on your first order which makes them cheap!)

Caroline said...

Thanks for that Katy :) I assume you mean Rainbow resources USA? I think I'll go download :)

I'll keep you all posted about how the rest goes :)

Katy said...

yes, that's RR in the US, why we can't have anything that good I don't know!