** I receive curriculum from Experience Early Learning (formally known as Mother Goose Time) for honest and authentic stories resulting from my daily experiences using the curriculum. This is my 6th year using Experience Early Learning, and I am pleased to promote quality educational learning experiences through play with Experience Early Learning.

This week, we’ve been learning about islands. We learned about how islands are formed and we learned new vocabulary words, like: lava, and magma.

We played a lava game from Experience Early Learning to practice numbers. We had numbers 1-10 on cards that we put face down. One person turned over the cards and identified the number while the other person found that number on the poster and put a cup over the matching number. We took turns doing each part. I challenged the girl by setting a timer to see how fast they could identify and cover the numbers. They were able to finish the game in under 1 minute.

We did an “Invitation to Create” art project from Experience Early Learning. This activity was really fun because we made puffy paint by mixing the paint with shaving cream and glue. The kids got to be creative and create their own drawing of what they imagined a volcano explosion would look like with lava flowing down the mountain. They liked this activity so much that I let them do it twice!

Of course, we couldn’t learn about volcanoes without doing the famous experiment: “What happens to vinegar and baking soda when you mix it together?” We did this experiment 3 times. I had 3 bags of vinegar sealed and ready to go and baking soda (wrapped up in 3 different pieces of Kleenex) ready to go. For the first experiment, we just threw the whole Kleenex filled with baking soda in the vinegar (Kleenex and all.) For the second experiment, we dumped the baking soda in the bag and mixed it directly with the vinegar. For the third experiment, we mixed foam soap with the vinegar. We put the baking soda directly in the vinegar/soap mixture. All three bags were sealed. All three bags exploded from the built up gas. The first bag fizzed the least because the baking soda wasn’t directly put in the vinegar. The second bag fizzed the most. And the third bag foamed! That was the coolest reaction I’ve ever seen. My kids were playing in the foam mixture.

After our experiment, we wrote about our observations, our thoughts, and our opinions about what we did using these pages sent to us from Experience Early Learning.

We had such a fun week exploring islands. Next week, we will continue exploring islands and have a luau! I can’t wait.

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