Egg-xperiments

Well I knew the sunshine and warm weather was more likely only temporary. The dreariness of the day should have triggered *warning* but no.

For once I woke up feeling great and went to work fixing breakfast in the quiet of the morning while the house slept. My family members on the other hand didn’t share my cheeriness(Oh boy). They all looked at me like I personally asked for it to rain just to spoil any outdoor plans. I knew right away this was going to be one of those “one step at a time” kind of days. So I did just that.

Today was reverse day. I thought if we started the day doing what we enjoy most first instead of last maybe I could get the Little’s into school mode. Well it worked (kind of, add in a bunch of sighs for sound effects).

For this weeks read aloud I pulled out an old favorite. We have read “many” great stories over the years but there is one that we keep coming back to over and over (and over some more)again. Yes if snuggling up on the couch with Ellen and her Lion was all we accomplished today I wouldn’t complain.

It was a good start and having new books in the book basket wasn’t bad either. Since this week is the letter E I filled the basket with our collection of Ed Emberley’s drawing books( I mean how could you say no to that).

I decided to start Little Sis’s first reader.

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I am using words from the (at),(ad),and (ab) families.

Other books in this weeks independent book basket are earthworms, eels, elephants, eggs, elk, English setter,and emu.

Books in Little Sis’s book basket include:

An Egg Is Quiet Dianna Hutts Aston

The Little Engine That Could Watty Piper

The Golden Egg Book Margaret Wise Brown

The Elves And The Shoe Maker (ironically Miss Sky’s play for drama class)

The Saggy Baggy Elephant  Kathryn and Byron Jackson

Horton Hatches The Egg  Dr. Seuss

The Earth and I   Frank Asch

Green Eggs and Ham Dr. Seuss

What Is Easter? Michelle Medlock Adams

And for our next read aloud I will be reading The Giant Golden Book of Elves And Fairies (for the letter F too) by Jane Werner

Miss Sky read Horton Hatches the Egg today for Little Sis and this led into our egg experiments.

With Horton being so big how did he not crush the egg ? Did you know an egg-shell is really hard to crush? Experiment #1

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Holding the egg like pictured above, close your hands around the egg and try to crush it, you can’t. Even strong Papa couldn’t break the egg. This is why mama birds don’t crush their eggs while laying on them.

Experiment #2  How can you tell a raw egg from a hard-boiled one without cracking the shell?

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Give them a spin.

Experiment #3 How can you make an egg float?

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(The egg  on the left is floating it’s hard to see in the picture)Hint one is in salt water.

Last but not least we are attempting the naked egg, no it’s not a new drink,  we are stripping the shell off the egg.

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This experiment takes 7 days but it started to bubble right away. By the time it is done we should be able to bounce a raw egg without its shell.

By now everyone was in the school groove and we had circle. With the weather starting to change we have new seasonal fingerplays.

Fairy Ring (gathering verse)

Good Morning Dear Earth

Raindrops (scroll down to seasons)

Little Brown Bulbs (Marsha Johnson’s files)

ABC Rock (Greg and Steve)

Do Your Ears Hang Low (stopping after do your ears fall off)

The Eensey Weensey Spider (has to be just like this )

Okay into the schoolroom to learn all about Miss E.

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Little Sis practiced her E’s in the air and on her chalkboard then in her book.

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For Miss Sky I read the story How Old King Eagle Won His White Head (found here for free) by Thornton W. Burgess and she worked on her spelling words, printing them once and once in cursive.

prey

talons

feathers

Aves

eyesight

aeries

endangered

hatch

eaglet

extinct

symbol

captivity

down

America

wingspan

diurnal

regurgitate

fledging

Well at least I can say it helped pass the rainy day anyway :).

Wishing everyone a great week!

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One Response to “Egg-xperiments”

  1. MamaAcorn Says:

    We’re doing E this week too and you’ve given me so many good ideas!

    My kids loved their valentines, especially Alex! Thank you!

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