Oct 04

What do worms like? Science experiment

The preschool students experimented with worms in science class. They started out by discovering how their own eyes can still see the light of a flashlight even when their eyes are gently closed. Each preschool student was instructed to gently close their eye and the teacher shined the flashlight towards their eyes. They were still able to see the light even with their eyes closed.?

Then the students placed a worm on white paper and shined the flashlight just in front of it. They were able to see that the worm moved away from the light. There was a dark spot in the center of the ray of light and the worm tried to move towards that dark spot.

The students tested to determine what kind of temperatures the worms liked. They filled a plastic bag about 1/4 full of ice water and securely sealed it. They placed the bag at the edge of the worm and discovered that the worm kept trying to crawl underneath the bag but would not crawl on it. The worms did not like the cold temperatures.

Next the students discovered on what kind of surface the worms preferred to crawl. They placed a sheet of sandpaper next to the white paper. Once the worms entered the surface of the sandpaper, they were crawling faster than on the white paper. The worms preferred the grip of the sandpaper. The students thought it was fun to set out two worms side by side and see if they would race across the paper.?

And, finally, the students placed a handful of pebbles on a plate and placed the worms on top of the pebbles. They quickly saw the worms burrow their way down into the pebbles until they were completely hidden underneath the rocks.

This was a very fun experiment for preschool students to see what kind of habitat worms prefer. The preschool scientists discovered that worms like moist, dark, and warmer habitats.

Science with Mrs. Judi falenconsulting@gmail.com

Sep 27

Patriotic density experiment

This is a neat science experiment for preschool and school-age students. The ingredients are as follows:

blue lamp oil

red Karo syrup

white milk

Pour a small amount of the blue lamp oil into a clear glass jar. Next, pour a small amount of the red Karo syrup in on top of the lamp oil. Finally, pour the white milk in the clear glass jar.

Watch as the 3 liquids take their places in the jar.

Science with Mrs. Judi falenconsulting@gmail.com

 

Sep 25

Fire Safety Month

October is Fire Safety Month. More specifically October 7-13, 2012, is Fire Prevention Week.?

This book in the Safety Town Series is an old one but still a valid teaching tool: Matches, Lighters, and Firecrackers are Not Toys.

This is a great time to introduce Fire Safety to young students and teach them about the dangers of matches and lighters and the importance of putting out their camp fires. This book shows the good uses for matches in lighting pretty candles but emphasizes the dangers of matches and lighters if used incorrectly.

 

Click on the link to listen and read along to the book:

Sep 22

Why do Leaves change Color?

Fall (autumn) is a time when many leaves are said to change colors. The truth is, though, leaves do not really change colors. Their true colors begin to show in the fall. The trees do not get the same amount of sunlight and the same temperatures in the fall and winter in order to produce enough chlorophyll to maintain their green leaves.

This book, Why Do Leaves Change Colors? gives a great explanation of the changing colors of leaves in the fall.

Click this link to listen and read along to the book:

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Sep 21

Standard Publishing’s 2013 VBS

I was asked by Joni Sullivan Baker of Buoyancy Public Relations?to blog a press release of Standard Publishing’s 2013 VBS God?s Backyard Bible Camp? ? Under the Stars.

One of the great features is the music is by award-winning Christian artist Yancy.

Another great feature is …

A Kids Serving Kids? Mission Project is built right into the VBS experience. Through a unique partnership with Back2Back Ministries, in daily video segments author and Back2Back Ministries co-founder Beth Guckenberger will take children to Mexico to meet a young orphaned boy named Joel, who learned he was not forgotten.? Kids will see and begin to understand God?s bigger world beyond their backyard and be inspired to help.

Read the entire press release below:

CINCINNATI ? September 19, 2012 ? Standard Publishing introduces a first-of-its-kind Vacation Bible School program for 2013. God?s Backyard Bible Camp? ? Under the Stars is the first SuperSimple??VBS and features Bible stories that all occur in the evening. This summer night theme adds a new element of excitement for children as they learn about and experience service.

SuperSimple? means the kit has everything a church needs to plan and lead VBS. What makes this program truly stand out is:

  • music by award-winning Christian artist Yancy
  • service programs that teach kids to Serve Family, Serve Friends, Serve Community, Serve Neighbors, and Serve Jesus.
  • life-changing messages from mission partner Beth Guckenberger of Back2Back Ministries
  • all NEW interactive Bible experiences
  • a super FUN way to remember learning to serve with Backyard Bible Pals by Floppets?

For churches that prefer summertime fun in the sunshine, Standard is also offering God?s Backyard Bible Camp ? Under the Sun where different daytime stories of service are entwined with outdoor games, water fun, tree house motifs, and backyard barbecues.

Either way, the focus of God?s Backyard Bible Camp is on service, and Standard?s 2013 VBS comes packed with a variety of ways for kids to discover and experience the kind of service-filled lives God wants us to live.

?Helping kids understand how to live lives of service goes to the heart of what Jesus taught all of us,? said Stephanie Woeste, Vice President of Marketing for Standard Publishing. ?This year we?ve not only focused on making this valuable lesson fun for kids, we?ve redesigned the way both programs are put together to make them even simpler for leaders to lead.?

A Kids Serving Kids? Mission Project is built right into the VBS experience. Through a unique partnership with Back2Back Ministries, in daily video segments author and Back2Back Ministries co-founder Beth Guckenberger will take children to Mexico to meet a young orphaned boy named Joel, who learned he was not forgotten.? Kids will see and begin to understand God?s bigger world beyond their backyard and be inspired to help.

All-new songs and music videos created just for God?s Backyard Bible Camp by children?s worship artist and composer Yancy will reinforce lessons and build excitement for serving Jesus. In this industry-exclusive relationship, Yancy has composed all-new, reproducible songs with lyrics that tie to the lessons.

?We?re thrilled to continue our relationship with Yancy who understands how children worship and how to craft singable, memorable tunes,? Woeste explained. ?Long after VBS is over, children and adult volunteers will all find they are still singing and being impacted by these catchy songs that pack a powerful message.?

The launch of the all-new SuperSimple? VBS format is a gift to every time-stressed VBS director. Packed with everything they need to lead, the kit includes the Director?s Guide, PreSchool Director?s Guide, a six-disc Planning & Music CD/DVD set, and all leader?s guides and activity cards for crafts, snacks, games, and service projects. Additionally, all the resources for three age groups?PreSchool, Elementary/PreTeen, and Teen?are bundled together and available on disc for easy distribution to the VBS team. It is all in one box, available at one price ($199.99), in the SuperSimple? VBS Kit.

New this year, kids will love collecting Backyard Bible Pals? designed exclusively for Standard Publishing by Floppets?.? These fun reminders of each lesson are already popular with kids and include a service focus and Scripture reference. They attach easily to the new 3-in-1 Lanyard and just about anything else. Additional VBS backyard essentials are also available for purchase.

God?s Backyard Bible Camp SuperSimple VBS Kits may be pre-ordered now from Christian retailers and will ship in December.

To learn more, visit www.vacationbibleschool.com,? www.facebook.com/standardpublishingVBS, or www.standardpub.com.

About Standard Publishing: Standard Publishing serves churches worldwide and is recognized as a leader in true-to-the-Bible resources that educate, encourage, and enrich adults, youth, and children. The company is based in Cincinnati, Ohio. For more information, visit www.standardpublishing.com or call 1-800-543-1353.

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For more information or to arrange interviews, contact Joni Sullivan Baker, 513/319-3231, or jbaker@buoyancypr.com.

 

Sep 14

I’m Going to be a Firefighter video book reading

I’m Going to be a Firefighter is an older published book but still a good one with real-life pictures. This is a story told from the perspective of a young girl about her dad’s job as a volunteer firefighter. With each page and picture in the story, she tells how he listens on his radio for news of a fire and then rushes to the fire station to head to the location of the fire.

She tells how she and her sisters pretend to be firefighters and what they do in case they smell fire or see smoke. When her dad returns from fighting out the real fire at a store in town, the girls listen to his stories about the fire and what he had to do to put out the flames and smoke.

Do you know what to do in a fire emergency?

What do you do if you see smoke or smell fire?

What number do you call in an emergency? What do you say to the emergency personnel on the phone?

If you must get out of your house for smoke or fire, where do you go, especially if you and your family go out different doors of your house?

Make sure you have a family emergency plan.

Click on the link to listen and read along to the story:

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