Winter Saturdays are the best days for a trip to the Smithsonian. Jam had his first investigation of the year at the National Air and Space Museum. It was fun to look at the full scale planes and see the equipment, uniforms, and even bombs.
However due to Star Wars the real excitement was found in the space exhibits (Thanks Disney). In one area the Museum team set up a story and craft time. We missed the book reading but still got a chance to draw. They gave scratch paper and sticks to draw the plants discussed in the story. Both of the guys enjoyed it. We made it to most of the exhibits but after 2 hours, lunch, and the crowd it was time to call it a day.
Visit the National Air and Space Museum – hey it’s free.
Case Study #9: Enjoy this out-of-this-world word search.
Jam investigates directions
When we don't know how to get to where we want to go we use directions. Jam and I discussed what directions look like on the phone and printed. We discussed how directional words help us communicate our actions, and how to represent them graphically. We talked about the importance of our address and how it is connected to our streets system, and then we did the activity sheets for this blog.
Print out directions to your next destination and review them with your child. Ask them to help you find the streets and turns.
Case #7: Create an address and directions to your room from your parking lot. Give them to a friend or parent to see if they can find your room.
Jam investigates landmarks
Talk to your child about what they see while in route to a place they go often. Start by asking these questions.
Case #3: Investigate your path to school. Fill in the map by drawing the landmarks you see.
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Courtney McQueen is a landscape designer and children's book author from Columbia, MD