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Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Natural Learning Progressions

After watching Miss Potter, Elle is inspired to pull out her new watercolor set and paint. Initially planning to paint naughty bunnies and mischievous kitties, she instead continues her work decorating a large cardboard tube that our new area rug came wrapped around, her soon-to-be didgeridoo. Later in the shower removing head-to-toe splotches of color, in another rabbit trail of learning, Elle giggles after an odiferous emanation and tells me that if she does one underwater a bubble comes up and smells bad. I explain the reasoning behind our use of the euphemistic term 'gas bubbles' and briefly introduce the subject of matter:

"There are other forms too, solid, like the tile, and liquid, like the water. And sometimes they can change forms, like an ice cube can be solid but then if you leave it out on a table and it gets warm..."

"I know! I know! Then something's the matter!"

"Uh, yeah. So, basically, things can be solid, liquid, or gas, those are the three forms of matter."

"No, you forgot one..."

"Which one?"

"Whatsa matter."

1 comment:

Becky said...

You've got Chico Marx living at your house.

Here's something to add to your Grade 2 plan, a copy of The Cocoanuts:

Groucho: Now here is a little peninsula, and here is a viaduct leading over to the mainland.

Chico: Why a duck? ... All right, why a duck? Why a duck, why-a no chicken?

Groucho: Well, I don't know why-a no chicken. I'm a stranger here myself.

Now that is a classical education :)