Friday, February 7, 2014

Friday's Science/Naturkunde am Freitag


Jonathan used his two sisters as helpers for science today.  He had to show that the larger the distance between two people throwing back and forth two balls the more difficult it was for them to exchange the balls in a given amount of time.  This was to help to explain the graviton theory of gravity.  It was a hilarious experiment for everyone, including Julius the cat.

Jonathan hat seine zwei Schwestern benutzt, um ein naturwissenschaftliches Experiment durchzuführen.  Er mußte zeigen, daß, je größer der Abstand zwischen zwei Personen, die zwei Bälle gleichzeitig hin und herwerfen ist, desto schwieriger es wurde, die Bälle wirklich in einem bestimmten Zeitabstand austauschen zu können, ohne sie fallen zu lassen.  (Hoffentlich habe ich das jetzt auf Deutsch auch richtig beschrieben).  Das Ganze gehörte zum Kapitel "Gravitonstheorie der Gravitation".  Für alle war dieses Experiment sehr lustig, sogar Julius, der Kater, war dabei.





Every Friday evening we have a science reading during dinner.  For the little people we are reading
The Story Book of Science.  For the big people we are reading The Sciences.  Little people today learned about old trees, for example this one here in France.  It has two chapels inside.

Jeden Freitag abend lesen wir etwas naturwissenschaftliches zum Abendessen. Für die kleinen Leute lesen wir das Buch Story Book of Science, ursprünglich ein französisches Buch von Jean-Henri Fabre, aber wir lesen es auf Englisch.  Die großen Kinder hören beim Buch The Sciences zu. So haben die kleinen Leute heute etwas über alte Bäume gelernt, wie z.B. diese alte Eiche hier in Frankreich.  Sie hat zwei Kapellen im Stamm.    

The older children learned about astronomy, especially the Lick Telescope.  We watched a few videos like the one below.  (By the way, James Lick brought Ghirardelli chocolate to the U.S.  And, did you know, that Ghirardelli is now owned by the Swiss?)

Die großen Kinder haben etwas über Astronomie gelernt, u.a. wurde das Lick-Teleskop erwähnt.  So haben wir dann einige Videos angeschaut, u.a. dieses hier.  





And last, but not least, science for Flora: Hands-on.
Und nun noch Naturwissenschaften für Flora: zum Anfassen.







17 comments:

  1. I love it! What a great idea to have science readings during Friday dinner. And Jonathan's experiment sounds like so much fun. I'm always amazed at how siblings love to participate in each others lessons and the fun that ensues. Have a blessed weekend! -- Barbara

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    1. You know, I got the idea when we were visiting the monks at the Abbey of the Genessee. They are Cistercians. They always have a monk that reads out loud during their meals. So each supper (our big meal is at noon) I have a different subject I cover. After lunch I always read from a novel/chapter book. It works quite well and keeps the crazies down. My children eat much more than I do so I have plenty of time to read to them. Only at breakfast we prefer a quiet meal with no reading.

      I think homeschooled siblings learn quite a bit just from watching each other, more so than from being with their peers.

      A wonderful weekend to you too.

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  2. Ts, ts, ts, was wir Schweizer nicht alles besitzen :))
    Schönes Handson für Flora. Ist sie vom vielen Scheewegräumen noch nicht müde?
    Ich muss mal gucken ob ich das Buch von Fabre finde, das mit dem "Kapellen-Baum" wusste ich nicht.
    Jonathans Experimente finde ich wieder toll! Kann ich mir vorstellen, dass das allen gefallen hat, sogar Julius. Unsere Mimine ist dafür zu alt, sie stresst es nur noch, wenn Bälle fliegen. Aber wenn Mauntzi zu Besuch kommt, spielt sie gerne mit Perlen.

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    1. Vielleicht war das Rache, weil Kraft Suchard gekauft hat :). Mein Großonkel ist immer noch "böse" darüber.

      So lange hält sie das Schaufeln nicht durch, aber es macht ihr großen Spaß. Sie hat auch eine Kinderschneeschaufel und der Schnee ist im Moment nicht so schwer. Insgesamt kann sie aber dabei schon ziemlich gut zupacken.

      Fabre hat ganz tolle Bücher für Kinder geschrieben, doch leider gibt es sie gar nicht auf Deutsch, auf jeden Fall konnte ich keine finden. Es gibt ein Sachbuch über ihn, was Ich aber erforsche das Leben heißt. Das habe ich allerdings nicht. Ich habe aber ein wenig geforscht, und ein Buch heißt auf Französisch "(Maître Paul). Simples récits sur la science." Ich habe es auch mit dem Vortitel "L'industrie" gefunden und ohne "Maître Paul". Das ist aber glaube ich das englische Buch "Nature Stories." Das Buch, was wir lesen, ist, glaube ich, "La Science de L'Oncle Paul". Dann gibt es auch noch "La Chimie de l’Oncle Paul", doch auch das haben wir nicht, doch es gibt dieses auf Englisch. Sie sind alle ein wenig altmodisch geschrieben, aber gut zu lesen. Es scheint in Frankreich noch mehr solcher Bäume (laut Fabre) zu geben.

      Ja, er macht diese Dinge auch gerne und lernt eine ganze Menge dabei.

      Julius mag Bälle sehr gerne, doch war das in der Garage zu gefährlich für ihn, weil Baseballs sehr hart sind. Die Kinder haben ihn schnell in Sicherheit gebracht. Perlen jagt Julius auch immer.

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    2. Danke für die Titel! Auf Amazon wurde ich noch nicht fündig, aber ich halte die Augen in unseren Brockenstuben (dir gefällt das Wort doch) offen.

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    3. Bei Abebooks in Frankreich gibt es hier eins.

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    4. Ein anderes habe ich online zum Lesen (und eventuell auch zum Ausdrucken) gefunden!!

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    5. Dort scheint es eine ganze Menge von ihm zu geben. dieses ist auch für Kinder, doch ist das nicht das, was wir gelesen haben, doch es kommt Onkel Paul drin vor und auch die Kinder aus unserem Buch. Und hier ist ein Bücherverzeichnis. Wenn Du auf dieser Seite ein wenig suchst, bekommst Du bestimmt mehr.

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    6. Hier ist noch eins auf Deutsch, was in einem Jugendbuchverlag erschienen ist, doch ich weiß nicht, was das Original dazu ist. dieses deutsche Buch scheint auch für junge Leute zu sein.

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    7. Oh, wie toll! Danke liebe Eva. Ich habe noch ein paar Minuten, bevor wir heute Morgen die Schule beginnen und lese mich gleich in den online Text ein.

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    8. Viel Spaß beim Lesen. Es ist nach eins, ich bin hundemüde und muß endlich ins Bett. Leider soll es die ganze Woche immer viele Grad unter Null sein. Da mag ich gar nicht aufstehen!! Ich war schon ewig nicht mehr richtig draußen, man rostet so wirklich ein.

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  3. Hello Eva,

    I hope Flora enjoyed her Science experiment. Hands on was always my favorite, especially with snow. It always amazed me how all those flakes could suddenly be so heavy :) The church tree is beautiful and fascinating. Have you ever been to see it? We've see the _Story of Science_ but haven't read a lot from it. I discovered it a bit late. _The Sciences_ looks very interesting, though. And thanks for posting about the Lick telescope. We were just looking at it on the map with Morgana, as Greg and I used to live around there. He was in Monterey, and I was in Santa Barbara. California is very beautiful!

    Thanks for the sinus spray recommendation. I'll look for it in our healthy food store, or at the coop. Could you give the name of the book to me? Maybe you meant to post a link, but it didn't show. I'm glad your driving that day in the snow brought you back home safely. I am not a fan of driving in snow. It's very disconcerting when you can't see. I'm glad your aunt sent a candle you could have blessed that day.

    I believe that big slide in midtown was for everyone to slide down, for free. You just had to wait in line . . which I imagine could have gotten quite long!

    Our ice skating was cancelled the other day because it was sleeting. Of course it cleared in the afternoon. There have been less people skating because of the cold, and Korrina says that people haven't been eating out as much. They don't want to walk to the restaurant in the cold. My friend Janet's friend owns a restaurant uptown and her business has been slow also. This isn't good as she has a high rent to pay each month! It's nice that Peter and Veronika and Miriam are still intrepid enough to skate each week. I find we get used to the cold, and it's very invigorating.

    I think it's wonderful that you wrote letters to your great-grandfather! I often wish my grandparents were still alive. There are so many questions I have for them! There's so much I would like to know about there lives, how they lived in Sicily and Germany; what their childhoods were like . . . . . . .

    It's funny that you mention how you prefer your down coat. Morgana and Chanda both have puffy, purple nice down coats from Land's End, which they do not like!! Well, Morgana wears hers still, sometimes, but they both prefer the wool coats, and the temperature doesn't go down as low as by you.

    Walking is such a good activity. I always think that New Yorkers are really very healthy because we walk so much! And having the Citibikes is even better! That's why it's good you live near town and campus. It's nice to be able to walk places. I remember when my mom's friend Ilse came from Germany with her husband. They told my mom and dad they were going for a walk. After 15 to 30 minutes (the typical duration of an American's walk) my mom and dad started getting worried. Finally after 2 hours they returned. Ever after that my family would say, " the Germans know how to go for a walk!"

    So, Jonathan has seen a ruddy duck then? That's wonderful. I think they're beautiful.

    Have a good Saturday Eva!

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    1. Fabre is probably better for younger children, although there is a book on chemistry by him. The other one by Holden is quite good, especially Jonathan is enjoying it a lot.

      No, I haven't seen those churches in the oak tree although I spent three weeks in a small village in that part of France. I never knew about it until yesterday :). I also didn't know about the Lick telescope. It would be wonderful to go and see it. Did you know about it when you were living there? Did Greg know about it? Flora enjoys shoveling snow. She has a small shovel and loves to be out with Peter. The snow hasn't been too heavy for her.

      Sorry the link to the book didn't work. Here is the link again.

      When I read about your description about the ice skating I had to think of Peter and Veronika. They wanted to go this Thursday, but the roads were not good enough. So they will try Tuesday. It is so cold here that we hardly open the windows for airing in the morning. It gets cold too quickly and then the heat runs non-stop. Somehow our furnace gives off water and we need to have a bucket next to it. There is a hose that goes into the bucket. When it is cold the bucket fills within a day, which is a big hassle because you have to carry the water upstairs to empty the bucket. It is hard not to spill some of it.

      Isn't it sad that we always remember too late to ask our older family members for their history? My great-grandfather fled the Russian Revolution in Moscow, but he never wrote anything down about this. All this has been lost. I wonder if any of his brothers ever wrote this down. My grandmother might have known, but she has passed away as well.

      When we were in London ten years ago I only wore my wool coat, but out here I am freezing if I don't wear my down coat. It is not as stylish, but warmth is much more important in this part of the state.

      Yes, Germans love to walk. Did you know that all German youth hostels are built in such a way that you can reach the next one by walking? That might mean walking for a day, but it is possible. I once biked with my best friend from youth hostel to youth hostel for two weeks. That was fun! Your story about the duration of a walk reminds me of signs in the Canadian Rockies. When I traveled there with my father, we stopped frequently to hike to a water fall or a lake. There were signs that told you how long the walks were and how difficult. When it said 15 minutes it took us 5 and they were never as rough as they sounded on the sign. So after a while we ignored the description of the walks, but did pay attention to the bear warnings.

      Yes, he has, somewhat in distance, but it was one alright.

      Thanks for answering all my questions. I hope I did answer yours. Now I need to bake muffins for tomorrow's breakfast.

      Wishing you a blessed Sunday. Jonathan is reading tomorrow in church and also has his confirmation class in the afternoon.

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    2. Your trip biking from youth hostel to youth hostel sounds wonderful! How smart to make the hostels within walking distance of each other. And your time hiking with your Dad in Canada sounds very special.

      Your grandfather's stories would have been fascinating to hear about. We hold so much within ourselves.

      Greg and I never knew about the Lick telescope when we were in CA. Oh well!

      Take care, Eva. Good luck on this cold, wintry and stormy day with your furnace. You will be so ready for Spring.

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    3. I am more than ready for spring! It is such a cold winter here.

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  4. Finally catching up! Loved the video of the kids learning and having fun, that bond between them is precious!

    Hope you are having a good start to the week.

    San xx

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    1. It is very fun to watch them together. It will be so sad when they start leaving for college . . .

      Had a good start of the week, but Peter is getting ready to leave again for an extended weekend so it is quite hectic here.

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