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Air and Scare

Saturday, October 24th 2015, 2-7pm    

Stephen F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, VA    

EXPLORE: Conjunctions
ENRICH: Compound Sentences

ENGAGE: Talk about science experiments using "and","but," and "or"



  • Visit a spooky science Discovery Station and explore the experiment while you model several sentences, emphasizing the conjunction. For example:

    • The liquid is blue AND cold. (joning two words)

    • The blue liquid bubbled BUT the red one didn't. (contrasting one item with another)

    • Should we mix the green liquid with the purple one OR the pink one? (giving options)

  • Next, ask your child questions and help him/her formulate her answers using conjunctions. For example:

    • Can you tell me two things that happened when we mixed the liquids?

    • How were the purple and pink liquids different?

    • What should we do next? GIve me two choices and I will pick.

Explore opportunities for curiosity, creativity and communication through Halloween-themed activities sponsored by the National Air and Space Museum!


EXPLORE: /R/ Blends
ENRICH: Articulation of Individual Sounds for Clear Communication

ENGAGE: Practice words with /r/ blends at the Trick or Trajectory Rocket Launch



  • While at the Trick or Trajectory Rocket Launch, ask your child to practice the words "TRick" and "TRajectory." Remind your child to use his/her best speech by making a "strong /r/" sound. He/she can also practice /r/ in the initial position with the word "Rocket."

  • Ask you child to find and practice 10 more words with /r/ blends, like "craft," "broomstick," or "prize."


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EXPLORE: Polite Interactions with Peers
ENRICH: Turn-Taking Abilities

ENGAGE: Help your child learn to wait his/her turn while trick-or-treating.



  • Before going to the event, prepare your child for the process of trick-or-treating: "We will walk to different tables where people will be handing out candy and other treats. You will have to take turns talking with the other kids there. While they are talking, you can wait quietly. When it is your turn, say "Trick or treat!" After you get the candy, say, "Thank you!"

  • At the event, as you wait in line, comment on and ask your child about whose turn it is: "Look, it's the boy dressed like a lion's turn to talk. Now it's the princess's turn. Whose turn is next?"

  • When it is your child's turn, give him/her verbal praise for taking turns. You could say, "You did such a great job waiting your turn to talk!"

EXPLORE: Listening and Making Connections
ENRICH: Verbal Reasoning Skills

ENGAGE: Comprehension of cause and effect relationships.



  • Listen to a read aloud story at story time or watch a puppet show. Afterwards, talk with your child about what happened in the story (the effect) and what caused it to happen (the cause). For instance, "What happened when they tried to lauch the first space shuttle? Why didn't it work?"

  • You can also discuss cause-effect relationships while doing the science experiments: "What happened when you put the rock in the water? Why did it sink?"




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