Tuesday, May 10, 2011

End of the Semester

Friday is my last day of school for this semester. I have a lot of homework yet... to include reading Oedipus the King and writing a 1500 word paper comparing Aristotle's concept of tragedy. I also have to write 7 lesson plans for differentiated instruction.

Not only do I have a lot of school work, but it is also going to be a busy week. So, I won't be posting until sometime Saturday. I do have a lot of stuff to post about the kiddos though, so look for my next post this weekend....

Now back to reading Oedipus the King. ugh.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Diet Coke and Mentos

Shopping at the BX today I found this

Ever hear about the diet soda and Mentos experiment? Check this out.

Because the kids love experiments so much, I thought I would pick up this little kit (only 3 bucks by the way) and see if it really works. 

You just need a 2 Liter of Diet Coke (use diet because it won't leave a sticky mess behind), some Mentos, and The Geyser Tube.

Set up the bottle on a flat surface so it won't spill over. 

Stand back, pull the red string, and enjoy. 
(I moved the kids farther back, but apparently the wind was blowing in their direction so they got a bit wet)

There isn't much left of the Coke.

The kids thought it was AWESOME!

If you need ideas for the kids' birthday you should check out Be Amazing! Toys. There are tons of experiments to pick from. And because we will be moving a few months after their birthdays its a perfect idea... less toys to take with us, but still TONS of fun!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Zoo trip!

Wyatt's class took a trip to the Minot Zoo today. It was a beautiful warm day for a zoo trip. The sun was bright and the temps were in the low 60's (yes, this is warm). Even though our zoo is considerably smaller than the zoo in Houston we love how close we can get to the animals. Some of the animals were still in 'hiding' due to the lower temps. Wyatt LOVES the penguins, but they are African Penguins and prefer warmer temps. Wyatt noticed that the penguins were not out. He said someone stole them.

Wyatt and Caleb feeding the geese and ducks.

This sign always makes me laugh. Apparently the cats are known to pee on people...

We are able to be just a few feet away from the fence. I remember at the Houston Zoo you had to search for the cats. Their pens were SO large it was hard to find them.

This is a snow leopard. 

My FAVORITE part of our zoo. These bears are so fun to watch. They used to have a food dispenser filled with dog food that we could toss to the bears. Sometimes the bears would stick their paws outside of the bars to reach the fallen food. It was really cool to get that close to them. These two bears were playing around for a while. 

Mama giraffe and her baby. The baby is just 8 months old.

The otters are always fun to watch also.

It took a lot of bribing to get Wyatt to smile for me.

Feeding the ducks one last time before leaving.

After the zoo his class went to a nearby park to play. I decided to take some pictures.

These are the tracks that the little train rides around by the zoo. No trains were in use at the time 

Wyatt had a little accident on his bike later that day. He has some pretty nasty road rash on the side of his face.