The tornado siren went up on Wednesday. This was fun to watch at the end of the day. I was very surprised once they put the pole in the ground they just covered it with dirt. I thought they would need to use cement. After a bit of research, I found out that a utility pole needs to go into the ground 10% of it's height plus 2 feet. So, the next day the kids and I went out and figured out how tall the pole was. We did it two ways...we measured the brown spot on the grass where it had been laying (Thank you Lucy for that idea!) and we measured the shadow. We did a ratio of the height of the shadow to my height and my shadow. The math was a little over BJ's head but we got 61ft tall with both ways! So, we figured out the hole must have been 8 feet deep. Parker stood on my shoulders to give the kids an idea of how deep the hole was that they dug. To end the lesson, I explained this was a question that came to me which we decided to investigate. I told the kids that I want to encourage them to ask questions and we will work together to find out the answers together.
Store is very popular as Lucy has recently learned coins and their value. This is a role-play game which also sometimes turns into a UPS store delivering packages. They have been using my kitchen scale for the price of things but now I have price tags printed off we can use. I love the play mixed in with learning!