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 ====== Kindergarten Visit ====== ====== Kindergarten Visit ======
  
-I recently visited my daughters Kindergarten class. How to introduce physics to kids in kindergarten?​+I recently visited my daughters Kindergarten class. How to introduce physics to kids in kindergarten? ​
  
-I'm not an expert, but I'll write down my experience so I have something to build off next time.+I'm not an expert, but I'll write down my experience so I have something to build off next time. This is a very fun and rewarding way to spend 20 minutes!
  
-Getting ​in the right frame of mind:+Get yourself ​in the right frame of mind:
   -Kids know a lot.   -Kids know a lot.
   -Kids like to share and participate.   -Kids like to share and participate.
   -Kids like to move around.   -Kids like to move around.
  
-Preparation:​ Use a color printer to print out big copies of these 4 images.+Preparation:​ Use a color printer to print out big copies of these 4 images. Some solid color t-shirts (red, orange, green, blue) are also useful for explaining a rainbow.
  
 |{{:​the_sun2_small.jpg?​500|}}|The Sun. Thermodynamics question: How hot is the sun? How do physicists figure that out?| |{{:​the_sun2_small.jpg?​500|}}|The Sun. Thermodynamics question: How hot is the sun? How do physicists figure that out?|
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 While the kids hold up the pictures. Give the class a chance to answer the four physics questions. I was surprised how good the answers are! While the kids hold up the pictures. Give the class a chance to answer the four physics questions. I was surprised how good the answers are!
  
-Kinesthetic activities. ​+Kinesthetic activities ​(be the objects that move, bounce off each other or stick to each other)
   - Be the atoms in the crystal (whole class). Notice that the atoms are stuck to each other in a pattern.   - Be the atoms in the crystal (whole class). Notice that the atoms are stuck to each other in a pattern.
   - Be the different colors of light hitting a rain drop (different color shirts bounce in different directions). (Pick kids with good colored shirts, or bring some bright colored t-shirts).   - Be the different colors of light hitting a rain drop (different color shirts bounce in different directions). (Pick kids with good colored shirts, or bring some bright colored t-shirts).
   - Be the stars in a spinning galaxy (whole class). Notice that stars on outside of the galaxy are moving faster. ​   - Be the stars in a spinning galaxy (whole class). Notice that stars on outside of the galaxy are moving faster. ​

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