In This Issue: Top Names of 2009, Kids' Music for Adults, Space-Age Apple Tree The Big Names of 2009What names made it big in 2009? Some "usual suspects" stayed at the top—Jacob has been a leader for 11 years. In its recently released list, Most Popular Baby Names for 2009, Social Security made note of the big-name influencers. The name Barack rose in popularity as did a version of the President's daughter's name, Malia; spelled Maliyah, it was the fastest riser among girls' names. Top 5 Male Names 1. Jacob 2. Ethan 3. Michael 4. Alexander 5. William Top 5 Female Names 1. Isabella 2. Emma 3. Olivia 4. Sophia 5. Ava Activity Ideas - Math
Are any of these names popular among your friends or family? Write down the names of all the family and friends you can think of.
Compare your list to the most popular names list; count the number of people you know who have the most popular names.
A New Kids' Beat Tired of the music your child listens to? Turn on some kindie rock, and you'll hear the likes of They Might Be Giants and Dan Zanes, of the Del Fuegos. You'll also discover exciting new talent.
Activity Ideas - Language Arts Kindie rockers write catchy tunes about kids' interests and concerns, including bullying, being stuck in the outfield and new haircuts.
Have your child pick a favorite song.
Sing it together once or twice, then suggest he or she write new words for the song.
Brainstorm ideas together; it could be a silly, made-up story or an anecdote about something that really happened.
OR write down the words of the song, leaving out a few nouns, adjectives and verbs. Label the parts of speech and help your child fill in the blanks to create a wacky new song (think "Mad Libs").
Talk with your child about the Earth's gravity. Explain that it is the force that pulls on every object on the Earth.
Perform a variety of experiments that will show how gravity pulls objects toward the Earth: Go outside and throw a ball high in the air. Watch as it falls to the ground. Make a paper airplane. Throw it across the room and it will eventually fall.
Hold a marble at the top of a binder or slanted surface. Let go; what do you observe happening?