Monthly Archives: January 2016

How Mistakes Help Us Learn

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First The Picture: Does this look familiar to you?  Can you find this on a map?  What country is this from?  What city?  What makes this building memorable.  Do you know what it was originally built for?  It was a bell tower for a cathedral.

 

Second The Question:  What does this building teach us about the beauty of mistakes?  We can often learn more from what went wrong, then from what went right.  Have you ever made a mistake that ended up teaching you a valuable lesson? Try to list as many as you can remember. Think of the millions of buildings in the world, most are not as famous as this one, and I am sure the builders didn’t originally intend for it to lean.  It was a mistake that made it famous.  The next time something fails, can you try to it as a teaching moment?  There is a wonderful quote to remember: If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.

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Third Next Steps: Using only recycled items, try to build a tower that leans, but doesn’t fall.  Not as easy as it seems, is it?  Try to measure the angle from the table of your tower.  Who can build a tower with the steepest lean, before it collapses.  Why do you think the Leaning Tower hasn’t fallen?  Look on line and see if you can discover the angle of the Tower.  Were you able to make a tower that had a steeper angle and still remained standing?  Try to list other famous “mistakes”.  Countless famous people failed many times in their lives before they finally reached success.  Celebrate your failures..It means you had the courage to try!

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One of a Kind: Snowflakes and You

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First the Picture:  Pull out a map and draw a line with your finger around all of the areas in the United States that get snow in the winter.  What do these areas have in common?  Now look at a world map and do the same.  What do these areas have in common?  These areas are no longer just at the top of the map..Why do you think snow comes to only those areas?  Why do the other areas on the map seldom get snow?  Are there frosts and snowfalls by where you live? Find where you live on a map, is it within the boundaries of your snow region?

Second the Question:  Snow is made up of millions of tiny snowflakes. Have you ever seen a snowflake up close?  Have you seen how beautiful the snowflake design is?  Did you know that every snowflake is unique?    If you live in an area with snow, wait until the next flurry and go outside with a piece of black material.  Hold the material flat and allow the snowflakes to gently land on it.  Then take a moment and observe the snow up close.  Do it quickly, before it melts.  Note the shapes and patterns that make each flake.  Every snowflake has its very own one-of-a-kind shape just like your finger print.  No other person has a finger print just like yours.  Why do you think each snowflake is different?  Why do you think people are unique?

Next Steps:  Make a finger print of everyone in your family.  If you don’t have an ink pad, you can color each person’s finger with a washable marker and then press it onto a sheet of paper.  Look closely at each print.  If you have a magnifying glass, even better!  What do you see?  Who has the largest swirl in the center of their finger print?  Do any two fingerprints look similar?  Are your fingerprints as beautiful and different as the snowflakes you found?  Stack three finger prints on top of each other and doodle on it too look like a snowman.  There are lots of ways to doodle on fingerprints to make different shapes and animals.  Enjoy creating fun images using your entire families’ finger prints!

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