Third Grade Practical Work Round Up

In the Waldorf third grade much time is spent on things of a practical nature. I wanted to share a few fun things we did that were part of this year of hands-on activities. IMG_4748 IMG_4750 IMG_4752 IMG_4753

IMG_5171IMG_5571We made potato towers as part of our garden. Pintail and I formed cylinders out of chicken wire that we twist-tied together, and then filled each cylinder with nested layers of straw and soil. All I had in my pantry the day we made these were some fairly new Yukon Gold potatoes. I wasn’t sure they would even work. Luckily, despite the newness of the potatoes and the fact that our dog kept tipping the towers over, last week we harvested enough potatoes for one meal. ONE MEAL. LOL

IMG_4856We visited an historic farm near our home. The kids were able to milk a cow (Pintail is pictured because it was “his” field trip) and after the milking, Wigeon excitedly said, “I pulled the cow’s milk out!” There were so many baby animals to see, too. It was a cuteness overload – especially with the baby goats.IMG_4905 IMG_4906  IMG_4908 IMG_4909 IMG_4911

IMG_5606 Pintail and I carved wooden spoons. The wood was from a discarded branch I found by the roadside, so I don’t even know what kind of wood it is. We took it home and sawed it to a reasonable spoon length and then used an ax to split the branch down the center. Pintail used one half of the branch and I used the other. The ax I had on hand was terrible so I bought a new nice ax and knives for this project. The ax and knives were recommended on the embedded video tutorial found on this website. This was a REALLY hard project. Really HARD! Maybe you can see in Pintail’s face above. Our arms would ache from the ax and whittling. Carving the bowl of the spoon was SO SO difficult. I think we both felt good about what we accomplished, but I set the spoons aside to work on this year, too. I wonder if Pintail will want to whittle more or just sand it down and be done.

Well, this wraps up my posts on third grade! What were your favorite third grade projects?

Sixth Grade Physics

IMG_4561 IMG_4562 IMG_4565 IMG_4566 IMG_4567 IMG_4568 IMG_4570IMG_5595 IMG_5597 IMG_5598 IMG_5601 IMG_5603 IMG_5604The sixth grade physics block was amazing! The only resource I used was Trostli’s Physics is Fun!, which I can’t recommend highly enough. The lessons were well explained and there was plenty to do. My only complaint, if I can call it that, was that it was hard to choose which experiments to leave out! We did not do the beautiful Chladni plates experiment, but aside from the Chladni plates, I found that most items for the lessons were things I had on hand or could substitute fairly easily. Teal recorded experiments and information in a small main lesson book.

We only made it through the chapters on Sound, Light, and Heat. I was prepared with all of the items for Magnetism, but we ran out of time. I plan to finish that and Electricity as part of seventh grade physics.

I managed to shatter a glass aquarium during one of the light lessons. Thank goodness we were outside working and not in the kitchen. I would have been finding glass shards for weeks!

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