Projects done @ home
The human systems have really got YUVAN intrigued and he has been so in to it in the last week or so or ever since his science teacher started teaching about Systems… Rightly this weekend he had to come up with a digestive system model. He was so in to it and the catch was to use material/object that may deem fit the functionalities…
As usual, he had thought up about the materials he would use and reasoning – and as usual I did a little tweaking 🙂 (mind you ‘little’ – so we went 90% with his thoughts and suggestions)
It’s always the planning and sourcing takes time and the actual completion would be quick… I also see these projects as a huge bonding activity for myself and Yuv; as he does paper projects with Eash every month..
Yuvan has been showing more decisiveness and taking responsibility in a manner we want him to in recent times; which has led to him wanting to do everything by himself – which is good thing. That means I am more becoming a listening ear and a helping hand, which I think is absolutely good though I can sense his growing up…
For the project, I managed to source some cardboard for the base and we started with the outline.. And then moved on – Stomach and mouth was represented by modeling clay with the function indicated in a seperate picture (blender)and linked; small intestine with cotton and large with beans and linked to vacuum cleaner indicating absorption – digested and undigested food; straw for the gullet with little pieces of sticky styrofoam as food particles, indicating transportation of food…
Lessons learnt from
1. could have used a black sheet on top of the
cardboard – may have looked even better!
2. I should learn to be a bit more patient with him 😦
It feels so amazing when you get a call from your child ( from the school) when you have made arrangements to pass something important that he has forgotten at home with the School GO and yet wonder whether they will call him when you are there, whether they will forget to pass it after you leave the GO etc..
It did happen to me a while ago, when Yuvan for the first time forgot something really important – his science project that we had worked on during the holidays, the science project he brought it along to school on the first day; and left in the locker until the ‘Race day’; the project he had to bring it back to glue it back to make it a bit more stronger; the project that he and me put our heart in to; the little project we bonded over !!
We glued it back last night and I really don’t know how we both forgot about it this morning. I realised it around 7.55 am – called the school GO – made my way to the lift lobby with all sorts of thoughts … My phone screen blinked …
Wow !! what a feeling… When I was just hoping to talk to him somehow, and pass it to him…he called me!! That’s what I call a Mum telepathy!!
I picked up and said, ‘Yuvan, I am on my way to your school.. Can u wait at the GO?’ We both knew the topic was the project! I continued, ‘I am bringing your project ma!’
As I went in, he was waiting at the GO and he was all smiles at said genuinely, ‘thank you ma!’ I know what it means !! Boys are so uncomplicated! And he hugged me which he has been shunning away to do so in public places esp at school .. Awww! That made my day!
You must be wondering what this science project is all about!! He had to make a working toy boat as a holiday project on Materials and they were to have a real race at school and that’s why I mentioned, ‘Today is the race day!’
I will write all about the Project in my next post 🙂
Good luck Yuvan!
Between me struggling to find the right time to start the ‘animal kingdom’ home study project, Yuvan told me on one of the tired days for both him and me that he had to do a ‘quick’ science project after claiming half an hour earlier that he doesn’t have any home work!
The catch was to do the project using different materials — mind you it was 8.30 pm .. After some serious scratches on my head, we decided to use the following that I can rumble through at home..
Stem — a straw
Branch outs of the stem — match stick
Leaves — Watson’s plastic cover
Roots — brown felt ( for once I felt our art and supplies box came in handy!)
Flower – bottle cap and pink felt
He loved doing the discussion about how to go to about with the project as well as the nitty gritty cutting and pasting, as he already had a good idea about their functions and had completed that in the noon! Definitely we both felt accomplished after wrapping up this ‘quick’ project at the very end of a tiring day >
Props are optional for Yuvan’z Show and Tell and Poetry recitation. But Yuvan has set a standard for himself within himself and would like to bring some props every other time! What does that mean??
— art time at home; moms brain cells needs to work more; we need to get dad’s help for some creative thinking!!
This has been the case the last two years and we are done with the exams this year ( and we are already in MoDe ReLAX) – just awaiting scores!! So, what did we make this time ?
He did a poetry on turtle — do we did a turtle hat out of a paper cup…
So, I can hear many of you asking, does making props give him an advantage? ‘No!! They are not in the marking scheme!’
We do it ‘cos I still love the arty child in him and it’s a bonding time with him that I can’t compromise 🙂 On a lighter note, it also boosts my confidence, that I can do stuffs like these too:p
Yuvan’s first ever story on that picture in his own words…
Picture :- A woman and her cat travelling in a Taxi
The story goes like..”a lady and her cat were travelling in a taxi and they were ”
Yuvan continues as
going to a movie called The transformers – dark of the Moon – in China. They both liked the movie and they couldn’t wait until their next movie on Wednesday..
The next day they went to the Merlion and had lot more fun and went back home.
Two things to improve
His handwriting was not his usual good.. and he left too much space between the words.. which was result of hurrying up to finish writing what he thought…
He could fill in between the incidents….next time may be…
But well done!!!!
I wanted to introduce creative writing and descriptive writing for a long time and I was really stuck on where to start it , though I had a pool of resources. It was all that I wanted him to have an interest for creative and descriptive writing ,as well learn the basics well.
So finally I decided to start with something , in this case ,it was a picture of a horse ( as he always is fascinated by animals ) and I did ask him to write a few sentences about it. To my surprise he was able to write more than 10 sentences giving a lot of information by himself , with a little bit of leads with my questions like ” does he love horses ? has he been on a horse back ? “.
Then he was more interested, excited to do one more .This is what I wanted …a curiosity and the interest about the work he always does 🙂
Then I wanted to try doing a story with a story starter and a picture , with lots of room for imagination … And to my surprise, he came up with a funny story which was creative enough for a 5 year old, attempting his first story..
First Kudos to Yuvan!!!!
Yes.. For reasons unknown we haven’t been doing a lot of lapbooking as I would want to. As it is , We combine Lap an Notebooking together.. which helps me kill two birds with one stone..
But the last week we got back into the groove of Lap and notebooking. The need arose as Yuvan needs to understand the basics of a Sentence , formation, the rules and so we also need to simple grammar – First getting to know about Noun and the Verb..
Thatz why we have named this Lapbook as Grammar Part I , as it has been planned to be done in many parts with complete understanding in accordance to his age.
I normally get him do the related worksheets as well and we assemble in the lapbook.
So here we go … and we are incorporating a new idea from our next Lap and Note , that will help us use the same for easy reference and reinforced study!