Thursday, March 22, 2012

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Shibley Smiles
Mar20_Dino1Since Anna just reread Dinosaurs Before Dark from Magic Tree House series, I pulled out our Dinosaurs fact cards (from $1 bin at Target) and invited her to play a game. We each selected five of our favorite dinosaurs. The idea was to write down a short research note on each of the dinosaurs similar to what Jack did in the book and then guess each other dinosaurs based on the facts presented. That was theory. In practice Anna was done writing Mar20_Dino2after one note and simply copied the facts from the back of the card. Note to myself – model the desired result first, remember that she is five and limit writing activities to what she can tolerate (3 cards would be a stretch already). She, however, had fun guessing my dinosaurs and then entertained herself sorting hers according to their height and length. Then we headed back upstairs to play with “real” Mar20_Dino3dinosaurs. Papa made her a T-Rex with a jaw that opens and closes, and Anna made a pteranodon (who looks more like an archaeopteryx to me). Then I let her discover Magic Tree House online and she had a blast going on various missions and adding stamps to her passport. I am afraid that my daughter would probably spend her entire day in front of computer if she were allowed to – just like her Mom and Dad. 

10 comments:

Ticia said...

My boys would be the same way, glued in front of the TV.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

The computer is fun :)

Kelly said...

This sounds like a fun extension to the book! I love her Lego design. We let Little J have some computer time each day. However, M-F it has to be educational based sites (including on line chess) on the weekend he can play age appropriate games.
Kelly at Little Wonders' Days

Anya said...

Fun activities!
Love Lego dinos. My son would be glued to the screen too, we had a hard time this winter, so now it's one day a week only. Magic Tree House site games became nice alternative and he seems to be learning.

Debbie said...

Selena would love it if I just turned her loose on the computer, well anything electronic.

Chris said...

My daughter is the same way....her first thought after waking up is to go on the computer! We're in the middle of reading the Magic Treehouse books together, and we love learning alongside Jack and Annie.

I think even writing down one sentence is a lot of writing for most 5 year olds. My almost six year olds do not write that much at all right now. We do lots of storytelling outloud. I think you're doing wonderfully to follow her lead in how much she wants to do. This will keep her interested in writing.

MaryAnne said...

I love the Lego creations!!! I could see Emma adoring the Magic Tree House online!

Christy said...

Very cool Lego creations!

My kids love computer time!

Michelle said...

Wow those lego creations are amazing!

Charles Weber said...

Two legged dinosaurs are portrayed in museums and television with their bodies held horizontally and their legs vertical. This is not at all possible because their center of gravity is above their hip bone (or forward of the hip when the body is horizontal). If they had attempted to walk horizontally with their legs vertical they would have toppled forward and protected themselves from impact with the upper part of their huge head. Almost certainly they walked almost erect, but at least at a 45 degree angle, often with the tail held aloft in order to prevent tripping by thrusting it back and to prevent an assailant from jumping on their back. To see a discussion of this see http://charles_w.tripod.com/dinosaur.html or in this journal article http://gsjournal.net/Science-Journals/Essays-Paleontology/Download/4718 . If you see any errors in them, please let me know. You may also see an explanation why vertebrate size, extent of bone, and teeth declined during the Cretaceous on the savannas in http://www.angelfire.com/nc/isoptera/termites.html as caused by a phosphorus famine produced by Amitermitinae plant smothering termites starting probably in late Jurassic Australia. Loss of teeth was probably much accented in birds and pterosaurs because of the young eating termite mating insects which had iron oxide and bauxite in their guts.
Sincerely, Charles Weber