Right now, I’m sitting near an open window and listening to a nighttime chorus of katydids and crickets in huge numbers. Want to listen, too?
How many night insect sounds can you identify? Besides being relaxing music from nature, children find it incredibly interesting to learn about insects and how they create their songs.
Make learning about summer night sounds a memorable experience in your family. Click here for plenty of insect identification info on a great site.
No one has ever put together music with nature’s music like Robert J. Lurtsema.
If you love classical music and lived in eastern New England from the 1970s to the 1990s, Robert J woke you every morning with these incredible sounds.
He used his own recordings of birds to create a soundscape using, in this case, Ancient Airs and Dances Suite by Ottorino Respighi. At the 5:15 mark, notice the fade from birdsong to Respighi.
Set the mood for your students to settle themselves, focus their minds, and to start the day’s journey on a calm, thoughtful note.
Thanks to John Lester at http://becunningandfulloftricks.com
Your two granddaughters come to visit while their mother copes with a new baby. Every morning, you pour mountainous bowls of Kellogg’s Corn Flakes for each one before they come downstairs.
Did you know Kellogg’s Corn Flakes has been around for over 100 years? (K.Nollet, 2015)
You set out spoons and the yellow milk pitcher. You have firm ideas about the propriety of leaving the cereal box on the table, so you put it back in the cabinet.
Years ago, I was one of those little girls and severely disappointed. Why?
Because I’d been deprived of one of life’s pleasures–reading the cereal box while eating.
Have you noticed how we all read cereal boxes over and over? It’s entertainment and learning, something today’s grandparents love to provide.
Lots of preschoolers can read plenty on the box because they recognize the logo, colors, shapes, and easy words. Older grandchild will notice the kayaking and Kellogg’s free cruise contest. Why not help them enter?
Do your grandkids know Corny the rooster? (K.Nollet, 2015)
The nutrition information alone is full of math and science possibilities—percentages, measurement, minerals, vitamins—and you can practice Spanish and English at the same time.
On the back of the box, there’s a message just for you. “Discover the possibilities” the next time you serve a bowl of corn flakes.
Posted in Common Core, Grandparents, Interdiscipinary learning, Math, Reading, Rituals, Science, Teaching and Learning, Vocabulary
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“It’s Shark Week!” The radio voice awakened me with this news, which I thought was an awesome way to start the day.
This tooth is more than an inch long and still quite sharp. (K.Nollet 2015)
Sharks thrill us with wonder, curiosity, and fear. Once you learn more about sharks, though, the fear usually turns to respect. That’s how I feel when I visit the beach in Venice, Florida.
Notice the different colors. (K.Nollet, 2015)
Prehistoric sharks’ teeth wash up everywhere. One look at these shiny dark triangles and my mind starts organizing a math lesson. Or a science project. Or writing and art. You get the idea.
This summer, why not collect objects from the natural world to bring to your children? It doesn’t matter if they’re from your local park or someplace exotic. Display your finds at a child’s level, add a few books, and watch their curiosity grow.
N.B. Shiver refers to a group of sharks.