Our Mystery Guest today was Suzanne, Grace's mommy! She shared with us her amazing talent of playing violin. Suzanne has extensive knowledge of the violin's history, which she shared with us as well. For instance, she taught us about Antonio Stradivari, a famous Italian violin maker from the 1600's. Suzanne played us one song in three different ways to show "vibrato" and "staccato".
Thank you, Suzanne!
Ellee had this to say about her drawing (in the slideshow above, the final slide):
"We can put magnets on the small instruments to put it together, so we can take it apart and then put it back together so we can get it out the door.
The lines are the magnets holding it together. These are the notes. That’s part of the instrument. All this is the instrument. These are the notes. That’s the sound from the instrument and that’s the vibration, the sound traveling into the ear - the blue dots are the sound in the ear and the pink dot in the ear is the ear drum, the lines are the ear hair. ... I’m making ear wax.
That’s the sound in the brain. Sound making the vibration, sound going into the ear, the ear with the nerves, the nerves traveling the sound into the brain. The dots are the sound."
We've also had several conversations about wheels. We brought out some very small wheels that were in our hardware closet to see if those might work. It led to a discussion about both the size of the wheels we need AND how many wheels we will need.
Jay: Those are for a cart, those are cart wheels.
Joci: Will these be too small for our instrument?
Hadley: No, we can put a bunch of them!
Jay: They will get stuck in the dirt.
Carl: Yeah, and they’re so small, and they will break because it’s too heavy. Or we could have the wheels (from) outside.
Joci: The giant tires? That’s like a monster truck.
Prater: How ‘bout first, we try them on the instrument, and if they don’t break we can use them. If they do break, we can’t use them.
Jay: Or we could try pushing it, and if they do break, we can take them off.
Mac: If those wheels break, we can do the ginormous wheels, but there’s only 3.
Jay: We need to buy one more.
Joci: Some vehicles have three wheels, like a tricycle.
Rose: I’m thinking of a scooter - it has three little wheels.
Prater: Well, a balance scooter only has two.
Jay: Some scooters that are not those other ones have two seats on them. Can you believe it? They have two seats.
Cassius: Has anyone here ever ridden a moped?
Adventures Outside today....
Obstacle course! Praveen and Cassius have started this amazing trend of using the circular arrangement of picnic tables and benches for an obstacle course that includes hula loops, "caution" rope, bean bag throwing, and the swing. We have kept it up that last couple backwards day. In this photo, Hadley holds a hula hoop, while Rose gets ready to throw a bean bag through the hoop and into a metal tin. Lila and Willa wait patiently at the swing where they will go from one table to another.
Prater leads the boys in negotiating who will play which part in "Lion Guard/Lion King" play. She uses a strong voice but also listens to what they have to say. She respects their choice to say "yes" or "no" to playing the part of Kion or Simba.