Avery Creates a New Science Term

Judy in Ohio talks about her granddaughter, Avery, who is doing Science K:

We were working on Lesson 33 talking about the mass and buoyancy of different items and seeing what would float. Later we reviewed and Avery sorted household items and toys putting all the buoyant ones in a group. Granddad Dave asked, “What do you know about the items in this group?” “They are buoyant,” said Avery. “Then what can you say about items in the other group?” Avery thought for a moment and offered, “They are girlant.”

Fleece Pillows – Learning to Tie Knots

Question: What’s soft, cushy, helps you cut with scissors, and gives you practice tying knots?
Answer: a thirty-inch square of fleece (double thickness), masking tape, and fiberfill stuffing.

We made a quick trip to the fabric store and asked Stuart and Anthony to pick out a favorite fleece. It’s an everyday opportunity to see what thinking goes into their decision-making.

Stuart picked out a Star Wars pattern. The store had three. I asked him why he picked this one. “I picked it because it has the biggest Darth Vader picture.”

Anthony picked out paw prints, “Because they could be bear paw, lions, tigers, dog, cat, maybe a wolf. You just don’t know.”

We purchased thirty inches of each fleece. Since the fleece is sixty inches wide, we doubled it to make a thirty-inch-square double thickness.

Once home, we laid out the fleece, measured in six inches on each side, and put masking tape to show the line.

A six-inch square in each corner will be removed. Put a strip of masking tape from the edge to the tape line. Place the next strip of masking tape close to the first one. You’ll use the space between the tape strips as a cutting line. Continue placing the masking tape strips close to each other until you have them around all four edges of the fleece.

Cut between the strips of tape, from the edge to the tape line. This creates strips of fleece six inches long. It’s easier for little ones to cut between the tape than to cut along a line. Either way they have lots of practice working with scissors.

Remove the tape.

Use the strip of fleece below with the strip above to tie a double knot.
Continue tying the upper and lower strips together around the edge of the fleece.

Stop with eight strips not tied. This leaves an opening for the stuffing.

Use fiberfill to stuff the pillow. For the two pillows, we used about forty ounces of fiberfill.

This was the most fun for the boys.

Each one would stuff and then test the pillow to see if it was too hard or too soft.
(Here’s a nice tie-in to “The Three Bears.”)

Then more stuffing until they were just right.

Finish by tying knots in the last eight strips.

Finally, we had two pillows and two boys who can tie knots. They were very proud.