My 6 year old daughter made it her personal goal for the month of March to read 60 books by the end of the month. In February, she set a goal of 55 books and she did it! We were so proud of her that we also had a little celebration.
In addition to reading we have also been studying Alabama through the program that Montessori Tidbits and Musings of Me have created called Trekking Across the US. One of the famous ladies that the Trekking Across the US featured was Helen Keller, so we have been reading about Helen Keller, as well as studying the Braille alphabet.
In addition, we also made handmade watercolors. Little did the girls know that it was also going to involve a little bit of science (they were surprised when the baking soda and vinegar started to fizzle). My oldest daughters goes ....ahhh this is awesome we are just like Ms. Frizzle in the Magic School bus! The watercolors we made were so much fun in that we created special names for them, (1) Ocean Blue, (2) Lady Bug Red, (3) Sunny Yellow, and (4) Grassy Green.
We thought you might enjoy the recipe.
3 T. baking soda
3 T. corn starch
3 T. white vinegar
1 ½ teaspoons light corn syrup
Food coloring (for each color we placed 10-13 drops)
First, mix the baking soda, corn starch and light corn syrup together in a mixing bowl. Then mix in the white vinegar into your mixing bowl. You can divide this mixture into different containers and then add your food coloring OR drop in your food coloring into the mixing bowl to make a large batch of one color.
We made four batches of the above recipe, pouring each into a separate container to dry. We used the lids from our Melissa & Doug painting containers, but you could also use any container lid, small ramekin, egg carton, or top of a milk carton lid. It takes roughly 24 hours for the watercolors to dry, but the thicker the depth of the watercolor, the longer it will take to dry.
Although the colors were vibrant when first poured into the containers, they became more muted as they dried, and when we painted with them, the colors painted on to the paper nicely, but became lighter as they dried. If you want brighter colors, add a few more drops of food coloring. The paint will also have a little bit of texture to it, as baking soda is an ingredient.