ivey league preschool: the I's have it!

This week has been brought to you by the letter I!  We actually did this letter a couple of weeks ago but I'm playing catch-up on the blog!

We started out by doing our playdoh mat, do-a-do worksheet, and pattern block sheet for the letter I:

We also did a few pages of an Incredibles preschool pack.  We circles letter I's, connected the dots, found "what's different," and traced shapes:

We did a magazine scavenger hunt and collage:

And we did a couple of simple science experiments that involved ice.  First we did the baking soda and vinegar reaction on top of ice to see what would happen.  Caleb liked seeing the ice slowly melt as everything fizzed all around it!

The other experiment involved picking up an ice cube using only a piece of string!  This one proved to be a bit more difficult to achieve, but it helped teach Caleb that sometimes you have to keep trying different things to get the result you want.  First, we tried laying a piece of thread over an ice cube in a glass of water, and then we put salt on top:

That didn't work, so we tried thicker string and used one of the ice cubes in Caleb's other experiment.

This also didn't work, but it did make the ice melt differently than the other ice in the pan once Caleb squirted some vinegar on it:

See how the salt made the ice look bumpy and crystal-like as it melted?  Pretty cool!  But we still weren't able to make the string get stuck to the ice cube.  So I thought I'd try sprinkling less salt on the ice cube, and it turned out that's what worked!

Yay!  So with the previous attempts, I was putting too much salt on the ice and string so that's why it didn't work.  Either way, we had fun trying different things to get the result we wanted.

This week we listened to Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons" while we worked.

Our "I" books:
Incredible Ned by Bill Maynard
Manana, Iguana by Ann Whitford Paul

Do-A-Dot Alphabet Pages (Home School Creations)
Play-Doh Letter Mats (Home School Creations)
Pattern Block Printable Templates (Jessica's Corner of Cyberspace)
The Incredibles Printable Pack (123 Homeschool 4 Me)
Fizzy Ice Experiment (Toddler Approved)
Ice Cube and String Experiment (Mess For Less)

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