Wednesday, April 24, 2013

March in Review

March was a short school month for us since the last two weeks were spring break. I didn't take many pics of our typical school days at home this month, so I don't have a ton to share. But, here's a little of what we did accomplish:

We finished our unit on the human body.

We went on a few walks at parks & the wetlands.

On one of our walks, I asked Mr. T to keep track of the birds he saw & how many. When we got home he made this graph. His presentation skills could use a little work, but he did a good job showing which birds we saw.

On another walk, the boys spotted this bald eagle. There is just something so cool about seeing a bald eagle.

I've started informally teaching Princess K the letters of the alphabet & their sounds.

Mr. T went to a clinic that taught him how to show his chicken.

Easter was in March. We didn't do many crafts, but we did dye eggs a couple times.

We visited the Portland Aquarium for the first time.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Human Body Unit

Last term we studied the human body. The kids were really in to it. I think they were fascinated to learn that so many systems working together is what keeps us kickin'. I tried to cover a little of  everything, but it was almost overwhelming - even for me. There is so much more, especially experiments, that I would have like to have done, but didn't have the time. Here is some of what we did do:

The little section of our room devoted to the human body.

My favorite book we used was this pop-up book.

I love the pop-up pics. There are also many pull tabs that keep the kids interacting with the book.

We have this layered puzzle. Each layer shows a different part of the body such as skin, muscles or bones. I didn't love this puzzle as much as I thought I would. The drawings weren't great.

I printed a skeleton pattern from The Crafty Crow & the boys put it together.

I bought the Squishy Human Body to go along with our unit. We named him Fred & the boys loved taking him apart. My only complaint (& it's not really a complaint) is that it was a tad difficult to get Fred back together after we took him apart - which makes me glad I am not a surgeon.

I found this fun way to show the different parts of blood over at Spell Outloud.

Our finished blood with its white & red blood cells & platelets. The kids loved this project!

This isn't exactly a human body, but we did use this Dr. Dreadful activity in our human body unit.

I printed this brain hemispheres hat from Ellen McHenry's Basement Workshop. It was a lot of fun to see which part of the brain does what.

We used this book a lot. Most of the pages the boys colored & added to their pocket book.

We also used this book, but not as much as I thought we would have.

Cover of Capt. N's Human Body pocket book.

Each pocket held a number of worksheets.

A couple other resources I used were
Cynce's Place
American Red Cross

Videos we enjoyed were:
The Skeleton Dance

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Exploring the Wetlands

A couple weeks ago Mr. T & I walked around a wetlands area. We both brought our cameras to take pics of the many birds. Here are just a few of the photos.

We probably saw close to 2000 geese that day. Big flocks of them kept flying by or stopped to land in the lake.

This was Mr. T's first time seeing a Great Egret.

Northern Pintail ducks

Graylag Goose

Our favorite part of the walk was watching a Great Blue Heron catch a snake.

The Blue Heron with its slithery lunch.

Mr. T trying to sneak up on the Blue Heron.

He got pretty close, but eventually the Blue Heron took off across the lake.

I am so grateful for days like this. I loved spending time with my son, doing something we both enjoy.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Dr. Dreadful - Alien Autopsy

We have done a couple of the Dr. Dreadful science activities. Our most recent one was called Alien Autopsy. The candy was gross, but making it was fun.

Capt. N loves putting things together, so he assembled the alien.

It is super cool to mix a concoction, especially when you know it will wind up being something you can eat.

It is also super cool to use a syringe.

The eyes & rib area when set turned into a gummy candy.

We got to mix up alien intestines, then eat them.

The final candy we concocted was a green goo mixed in the alien belly.

When you turned the alien on the belly shimmy & shook. I was mesmerized watching the goo continuously change shape.

The kids didn't like the way it tasted, but they had fun playing with it.

Capt. N got this as a gift. So I have no idea how much it cost or whether it was worth the amount paid. But, we certainly had fun with it & there was enough stuff leftover to make all the candies again.

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