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Grandma's Place A Natural Learning Center

Grandma's Place of Natural Learning Center

Is The Best Place for Learning


Day 109

Posted on March 3, 2014 at 5:51 AM
Good morning folks! We are starting on March lessons and ready to go with a new week. After doing your tasks for the morning, Childrobotics, music, dance lessons or physical education (which includes any health lessons), we will start on Grandma's lessons for the day.

Grandma wants to start with some science experiment lessons about Magnetism from her Book (12).

The first one is called ""Field lines";
Lay a sheet of drawing paper over a magnet-of curse you already know how to make a magnet-and scatter iron filings on it. Tap the paper lightly, and a pattern forms.
The filings form into curved lines and show the direction of the magnetic force. You can make the pattern permanent. Dip the paper into melted candle wax and let it cool. Scatter the iron filings on it. If you hold a hot iron over the paper after the formation of the magnetic lines, the field lines, the pattern will be fixed.
The next experiment is called ""The earth's magnetic field";
Hold a soft iron bar pointing to the north and sloping downwards, and hammer it several times. It will become slightly magnetic.
The earth is surrounded by magnetic field lines, which meet the earth in Great Britain and North America at an angle between 60° and 80°. When the iron is hammered, its magnet particles are affected by the earth's magnetic field lines and point to the north. In a similar way, tools sometimes become magnetic for no apparent reason. If you hold a magnetized bar in an east-west direction and hammer it, it loses its magnetism."
The third experiment is called ""Magnetic or not?"
Many iron and steel objects are magnetized without one realizing it. You can detect this magnetism with a compass. If a rod is magnetized, it must, like the compass needle, have a north and south pole. Since two unlike poles attract and two like poles repel, one pole of the needle will be attracted to the end of the bar and the other repelled. If the bar is not magnetized, both poles of the needle are attracted to the end."
The fourth experiment is called ""Compass needle"
Stroke a sewing needle with a magnet until it is magnetized and push it through a cork disk. Put the needle into a transparent plastic lid containing water
and it turns in a north-south direction. Stick a paper compass card under the lid.
The needle points towards the magnetic North pole of the earth. This lies in North Canada, and is not to be confused with the geographical North pole, round which our earth rotates. The deviation (declination) of the magnetic needle from the true north is 8° in London and 15° in New York (in a westerly direction) and 1°  in Chicago and 15° in Los Angeles, (in an easterly direction).
The fifth experiment is called ""Dip to the pole,"
Magnetize two steel pins so that their points attract each other strongly. Push them into the ends of a piece of foam plastic about as thick as a pencil and balance this by means of a sewing needle over two tumblers (by shifting the pins and pulling off pieces of plastic). If you allow this compass to swing in a north-south direction, it will come to rest with the end facing north sloping downwards.
The compass needle comes to rest parallel to the magnetic field lines which span the earth from pole to
pole. This deviation (dip) from the horizontal is 67° in London, 72° in New York, 60° in Los Angeles and at the magnetic poles of the earth 90°." 
The sixth experiment is called ""Magnetic ducks",
Make two ducks from paper doubled over and glued and push a magnetized pin into each one. Place the ducks on cork disks in a dish of water. After moving around they line up with their beaks or tail tips together in a north-south direction. The ducks approach each other along the magnetic field lines. Their  movement is caused by different forces: the attraction of unlike magnetic poles, the repelling effect of like poles, and the earth's magnetism. Set the magnets so that two poles which will be attracted are placed in the beaks." 
Grandma is going to give the lessons from Faith Alive for Bible reading now. From now on most the things Grandma gives you out of the Bible to read will either be Parables or Lessons Jesus gave. The first one to read is  lessons called "Woe on Unrepentant Cities" Mathew 11:20-24; "Rest for the Weary"
Mathew 11:25-30 along with Faith Alive's "Life in Bible Times-Yokes--Wooden yokes were worn by
teams of animals. Oxen yoked together shared the load. Jesus promises to share our load and work beside us." Also read from the Bible "Blessings  and Woes" Luke 6:17-26; "Seven Woes" Mathew 23 along with Faith Alive's "Life in Bible Times-Phylacteries--When Jewish men prayed, many tied special boxes holding Bible verses to their arm and forehead. These were called phylacteries. Jesus criticized men who did this to make people think they were especially holy.";
"Did You Know? Mathew 23:28 What are woes? Woes are sorrow, grief or trouble. Jesus uses this word to warn the teachers of the law and Pharisees. He tells them seven reasons why they are in trouble with God.
 Next read a works of Jesus in the Bible that Grandma thinks she missed called "A Crippled Woman Healed On the Sabbath" Luke 13:10-17 along with a Lesson called "Lord of the Sabbath" Mathew 12:1-21; Mark 2:22-28; and Luke 6:1-11.
Next read from the Bible"Jesus and Beelzebub(Satan)" Mark 3:1-6; Mark 3:20-36; Luke 11:14-28 and answer from Faith Alive "Did You Know? Mathew 12:24 Who was Beelzebub? Beelzebub was another name for Satan. Jesus' enemies claimed that Jesus cast out demons by using Satan's power. In this passage Jesus showed his enemies that they were foolish and wrong." 
Last for today from the Bible read "The Sign of Jonah" Mathew 12:38-45; Luke 11:29-32.
Grandma is going to give parents the beginning of March from the Calendar History and that is it for today because she feels this is enough for one day. She will resume some other things coming tomorrow.
March is the beginning of a new month with "Month long Observances of: Frozen Food Month(It can have its advantages and disadvantages(check the label of ingredients to understand- Corn Syrup and Soy are considered bad when at one time soy was considered good);
Let's Go Fly a Kite Month; National Dandelion Month ( some places east Dandelion as routine and special-also very good for a person, so are tulips);
National Good Health Month; National Hamburger Month; National Nutrition Month; National Peanut
Month; National Women's History Month.

Week long Events include National Foreign Language Week (first week); National Shoe Week (first week);
Return the Borrowed Books Week (first week); Volunteers of America Week (first week; National Drug and Alcohol Awareness Week (be sure to cover some of this with the children because they could be
approached by some stranger at some time later in life or that you do not know about.)  (first full week);
Newspaper in Education Week (first full week); Procrastination Week (week beginning on the first Sunday);
Girl Scout Week (week including March 12); National Chocolate Week(week of the second Monday) Fun Mail Week (second full week); National Poison Prevention Week (third week); Art Week (last full week).Special Days and Celebrations include: World's Largest Concert (usually the first Thursday); Iditarrod Trail Race (begins on the first Saturday); St. Patrick's Day (March 17); First day of spring (March 20 or 21);
Agriculture Day (first day of spring).
Project of the Month: Shoe Showcase-Start the month off on the right foot: Spotlight shoes during National Shoe Week." Hunt for "different kinds of media that contain references to shoes-for example, stories, songs, films print advertisements, and TV and radio commercials."....list specific examples from  the various a particular "shoe medium" to research and collect material about for a..."Shoe Showcase Multimedia Fair." For example you could research shoe stories and gather a variety of appropriate books, then organize story-telling sessions for primary students. Then create several "shoe math" problems for the fair. Your child could interview  shoe-store owners, or shoemakers etc. with a number of important questions. You could design shoe-shaped catalogs detailing the fair's exhibits and contributors and hand them out to friends and people that might need shoes.
You could also go through the ages together and see what people have worn through the ages.
Now we will start with the days birthdays and events.

The first birthday for March 1 is of Margaret Frisky, children's author, born in 1901.

Richard Wilbur, American Poet, was born in 1921 on March 1.

The first event happened on March 1 in 1781 in which the 13 original states adopted the Articles of Confederation, paving the way for federal union. In 1790 Congress authorized the First U. S. Census. Book (1) explains that "Everybody counts- The U.S. Bureau of the Census collects billions of pieces of information, then computes and publishes statistics. For example, the census tells us how many people carpool, how many televisions are in the average household, motorcycles. Create a mini census and decide on three questions to ask, then develop a survey sheet. Interview some people you know and record the results.

On March 1 in 1803 Ohio became the 17th state. in 1867 Nebraska became the 37th state.
Book (1) says, "On the anniversary of statehood for Ohio and Nebraska, explore U. S. geography--and have a little fun-- with this "hands-on" activity. First trace a large U. S. map, including the state borders, onto poster board. Then cut out and laminate each state, tossing the pieces into a shoe box. ...take turns putting the country back together on the floor(or a table). Learn the various state capitals.

In 1872 of March 1 Congress authorized the creation of Yellowstone National Park.

 Today, March 1 is also National Pig Day.
Book (57) has things in it to celebrate not only that  of National Parks, but National Pig Day, peanuts, and animals as well as the Zoo that Grandma will give to parents tomorrow.
As it is also Peanut Butter Lover's Day , see if there are a collection of Peanut Butter recipes to compose together.

There is one last event before we leave March 1 today to give to parents for The First woman detective
Isabella Goodwin, was appointed in New York City the year of 1872.

March 2 is the birthday of Sam Houston, American soldier and politician who served as the first president of Republic of  Texas, born in 1793.

Then on March 2 in 1904 Dr. Seuss (real name: Theodor Seuss Geisel), children's
author, was born. Book (1) says "Dr. Seuss's books are filled with free-spirited verse and wonderful invented words." Grandma did a lot of word categorizing with the sounds in the imaginary words he came up with in his books. Book (1) says to read the following verse to the kids, and have them invent flower names and plant an imaginary wild garden in honor of Dr. Seuss:
                                I shall plant
                               A garden for Dr. Seuss.
                                Lots of wild flowers
                               Will be on the loose.

In 1931 on March 2 Mikhail Gorbachev, Soviet leader, was born.

Then in 1933 of March 2 Leo Dillon, children's book illustrator,
was born. Book (1) says, "Introduce your (children) to collaboration by sharing the works of Leo and Diane Dillon, husband-and-wife illustrators of  Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears and Ashanti to Zulu." Work together with your children to illustrate your haiku poems(which typically center on a single image). Afterward, discuss the pros and cons of working collaboratively.

The events of the day include that of 1776, March 2 when the U.S. Navy and Marines fought their first battle of the Revolutionary War.

Then on March 2 in 1877, in a disputed election, a special electoral commission selected
Rutherford B. Hayes as president.

In 1889 on March 2 Congress established the National Zoological Park in 
Washington, D.C.

In 1899 on March 2 Mount Rainier National Park in Washington State was established. Book (1) says,
"The National Zoo had fewer than 200 animals in its first collection. Today, it has more than 2,900. The
zoo's kitchen is especially busy. One month's food supply includes 3,500 pounds of apples, 8,400 crickets, 4,400 eggs, 9,600 pounds of fish, and 34,000 pounds of herbivore food. One exhibit features the oldest and most abundant form of life--invertebrates. Ask your (children) to list animals included in this group." Also add up how many pounds of food it takes to feed the animals with what is given.

I was also sent a message in my regular email that March 2 is also National Prayer Day. How beautiful
it is!

March 3 is just as full of things for the day.

In 1847 on March 3 Alexander Graham Bell, American Inventor was born and Book (1) says he was helping deaf children learn to communicate when he invented the telephone.
He founded a school in Boston for teachers of the deaf. Ask the librarian for a book on sign language.
Have the children learn what they can.

In 1938 on March 3 another children's author, Patricia Maclachlan, was born.

In 1962 on March 3 Jackie Joyner-Kersee, American track and field star along with Herschel Walker, American football star, were born.

Events for the day include 1837 on March 3 Congress increased the membership of the U.S. Supreme Court from seven to nine justices.

In 1842 on March 3 Massachusetts prohibited kids under 12 from Working more than 10 hours a 

In 1845 on March 3 Florida became the 27th state, which Book (1) wants the children to start a State-ly study. Grandma has her own instructions for this study of finding out the capital of each state where they are located in the U.S. which number order of becoming a state they were, the state bird and flower of each and what their flags look like, and at least one thing about the them that they can. I want the older children to learn and remember the capital of each.

In 1855 on March 3 The U.S. War Department appropriated $30,000 to buy and transport camels.

Then in 1879 on March 3 Belva Lockwood became the first woman to argue a case before the
U.S. Supreme Court.

A reminder that March 3 is National Drug and Alcohol Awareness Week so use it wisely.

March 3 is also Doll Day in Japan. Which Grandma may have already had it included in the holiday videos but Grandma will cover it again if necessary. She had it in some of the reading lessons, but if she  not get connection to a video,she will explain it to you. Grandma got the link so go to Doll Day.

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