Teaching and learning from preschoolers.
Will you do any intentional expiraments with the mirrors and sun making fire? I guess it might be a little dangerous for a preschool, but if anyone can make it happen, I suspect it's you.
Thought of your singed Paddington this morning when I asked our PreKers to put their stuffed animals in a bin to "sleep" during snack time... I put the basket up in the window, near our various mirrors and other materials from our study of light... then I thought of Poor Paddington, and moved it across the room!
@Meagan . . . I've been reading up a bit on using concave mirrors to ignite fires. It is apparently a fairly difficult thing to do, but naturally, we will be taking it outside on our next brilliantly sunny day (which might not be until July) and give it a go!Incidentally, we've not found two more scorch marks under our loft, one on Paddington Bear's coat and another on a large pillow we keep under there. Apparently, we've been gambling all week!
I love it! And more than likely the sun would have passed through before the laser beam could actually start a school-wide fire. I think a larger universal force protects our preschools (knock wood?). There are so many "close calls" that I can't event count. So many opportunities for injury that never occur. One day long ago, a girl was swinging on a tire swing in our play yard, when suddenly the entire tree came down right on her. The tree happened to land on her just so so that a small wave in the part of the tree that landed on the girl rendered her unharmed. And wouldn't you know that her name was "Gal" which in Hebrew means "wave".
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