Takayiyo's World

Photo of the Month

  • Classroom 2012 It's a New Year and we have a new classroom. Well it's still the "old" classroom but I've re-organized :) I'm not sure why but I thought as Taka got older we would reduce the amount of materials we used and the need for the classroom. However I've learned it's actually the opposite as we continue to add new subject matter, tools and Taka yearns to learn about thing I never even thought of. Luckily we he grows developmentally he has also grown in height so we were able to add TALL bookshelves to give us even more space. We also rearranged the other furniture so we were able to keep all but one ...
    Posted Jan 10, 2012, 8:50 AM by K Day
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Lego Education

  • Street Sweeper Today we pulled out one the of Lego Education Kits and looked for something interesting to build. Taka' found the "Sweeper" exercise and we began. As always I LOVE LOVE LOVE Lego Education for the math. Taka first learned about ratio's and percentages thru Lego Ed and continues to strengthen his understanding of fractions thru Lego today. Today's challenge was to help Jack and Jill clean up the park. They had a cart and brooms and wanted to have fun doing it, quickly. The Lego Ed kits comes with the full story, build instructions and ideas for making changes. We almost always do the Lego ideas and then Taka will spend an hour or so making his own ...
    Posted Jan 25, 2012, 9:30 AM by K Day
  • Click Clock Taka' decided it was time to dig back into one of his Lego Education kits. Today he decided to build the Click Clock. It's a gear and weight powered clock. This is a really neat lesson and keeps pretty good time.Enjoy the video and pictures :) 
    Posted Nov 10, 2011, 11:50 AM by K Day
  • Field Trip Last week we went to visit the Lego Store in Water Tower Place. They were having a Grand Re-Opening and Lego Event at the store so we decided to go check it out. It was pretty cool and we had a great time. I was surprised at how organized it was and how many building stations they had for the kiddos. I was even MORE surprised to see a couple of Lego Education kits in the store. Taka was able to have a little chat with the Lego Master Builder on site for the event, spent about an hour building and ended the trip by announcing "I'm hungry". It was a great day for Taka and Lego!
    Posted Nov 10, 2011, 11:51 AM by K Day
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Science Is Fun!

  • The Lifecycle of a Plant Last week we did a lesson on the lifecycle of a plant. We've talked about plants before (we have planted them in different materials, learned about what they need ...
    Posted Jan 9, 2012, 8:12 AM by K Day
  • Cicadas Growing up we didn't have cicadas every year where I lived. However, here in the Chicagoland area it seems as though we have them every year. We've certainly ...
    Posted Aug 23, 2011, 1:27 PM by K Day
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Miscellaneous Works

  • Aerodynamics As we begin another Autumn the skies are blue, the clouds are big and the wind is picking up for another great season for kites. Taka' loves to fly kites ...
    Posted Oct 15, 2011, 10:42 AM by K Day
  • The African Pangolin Have you ever heard of a Pangolin? I hadn't, until today that is. They are a very interesting animal and may be Taka's new favorite :) Taka likes to ...
    Posted May 17, 2011, 12:05 PM by K Day
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