Thursday, November 22, 2007

Anatomy of our Thanksgiving dinner ...

As you can probably guess, I did not plan on having formal school today.  After all, there were many demands in the kitchen and the Macy's parade to watch on TV.  HOWEVER, those silly homeschooled kids of mine wanted to do school!  In fact, Tom Sawyer (5) specifically wanted to do science experiments on the raw turkey blood, and was really surprised that I had not planned some projects to do.  LOL!!  Well, who am I to deny learning?  So, thinking quickly, I thought it would be fun to look at the turkey blood under the microscope.  Well, that lead to celery, onion, salt, and gravy all under the microscope.  Hence, the title of this entry!  As if that wasn't enough, the kids then wanted to look at the fingernail that fell off the big teen a month ago (why he kept it I just don't know)!








The girls were really helpful at making the cranberry bread from our FIAR book, Cranberry Thanksgiving.  It turned out really well and was gone before I could even take a picture of it.





After our lovely dinner, the kiddos reminded me that I had promised to make hand print turkeys with them.  Since we were doing art, we went ahead and did a silhouette of one of the kiddos for a Cranberry Thanksgiving book activity.  All and all, it was a fun, restful day and I got ART and BIOLOGY done!  Who would have thought it? 





Earlier in the week we did the starch experiment from our FIAR book.  We took a potato slice, apple, bread, celery, powdered sugar, egg, almonds and flour and put drops of iodine on each item.  If they had starch in them, then they turned bright blue.  This was really fun and a great way to learn about starchy foods.





I hope all of you had a lovely Thanksgiving ...


Blessings,


Dawn

16 comments:

  1. I so enjoyed having Thanksgiving with you. The science experiments were neat, and the silhouette was difficult to do (with Tom Sawyer wiggling) but kept the day full and lively. I wish I had witnessed the starch experiment. Love, Mom

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  2. Oh I love that Cranberry bread. I am definitely going to have to go buy some whole cranberries so I can make some!

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  3. I'm not sure my kids would have EATEN the turkey after examining all that under a microscope!! But what neat examples of delight-directed learning. :o)

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  4. Fun projects and cute crafts!

    Have a very HAPPY THANKSGIVING!


    "Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, For His lovingkindness is everlasting." Psalm 107:1

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  5. Oh how funny! Well, when I cooked for our Medieval Feast last Sat, I opened up our chicken and it not only had the neck in his cavity...he still had the one he was born with attached to him! I took pictures but haven't figured out how to work it into a blog! I thought he was mighty cooperative for a Medieval Feast! LOL

    Blessings,

    Laurie

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  6. Happy Thanksgiving Blessings to you and yours...

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  7. What an incredibly dedicated homeschooler you are!


    It sounds like alot of fun, though i am none too fond of blood.


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  8. Fun times! We love the Cranberry Thanksgiving book, but have never made the bread. We'll have to try it.

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  9. PeterRabbitPreschoolNovember 24, 2007 at 1:35 PM

    glad you had a lovely Thanksgiving Day, complete with some lessons even!


    -Katrina

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  10. JustGiveMeStarbucksNovember 25, 2007 at 3:48 AM

    How amazing that your kids wanted to actually learn about something on Thanksgiving! My boys were perfectly content to watch football or play on their xbox. My girls mostly hung out with me, so I did have a little help (from the 12 year-old, anyway...not so much from the 21 month-old). ;-)


    If you get a chance, post that recipe for Cranberry Bread. Sounds wonderful!


    Have a great weekend. :-)

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  11. Thanks for stopping by- stop back again. I am posting LOTS of Christmas and gift craft ideas over the next weeks.

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  12. It never even occurred to me to look at meat (or the drippings from meat) under the microscope! What a fun-filled day!


    Oh, and we did enjoy the Macy's Parade as well!

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  13. my daughter turned away in disgust at the sight of the turkey heart/ liver etc in the bag!

    maybe we'll do science digitally. :)

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  14. How funny. Marissa would have done the same if she had thought of it. One of the good things about relaxed homeschooling is that they love to learn things. Glad you had a fun day.

    Letitia

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  15. Hi!


    I was looking through blogs this afternoon and saw yours. If you'd ever be interested in doing book reviews on your blog, let me know! Check out the Kregel blog at http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/kregel and sign up.


    Have a great day!

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  16. I just passed an award on to you!

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