Zoology ~ We started our study of zoology this week. We will be working our way through the book, Zoology for Kids: Understanding and Working with Animals, With 21 Activities for the next few weeks. Of course, we started our study at the zoo. Our state zoo is a three hour drive each way. It was a big trek to go round trip in addition to spending more than four hours at the zoo and all in one day. It was well worth the effort. We went on Labor Day since my husband had the day off. We also took Grandma along. The NC Zoo is huge, and if I go again, I want to remember to enter from the Africa side. We entered from the North American side and we were pretty worn out by the time we got to the animals we think of as "zoo animals". We also paid for the fun pack which ended up costing us just as much as it would have cost to pay for the special exhibits as we came to them, since we ran out of time to do it all.
|My dear husband and kids enjoy posing.|
|The carousel is always a hit.|
|The kids liked the dinosaur exhibit.|
|The kids got me up on a crazy rope ladder maze.|
|Most of the animals were pretty close to the viewing areas this time.|
This week we read the first 13 pages of our zoology book and did the first project. We made an edible animal cell model.
- frosting = cytoplasm
- colored frosting line = plasma membrane
- peanut butter cup = cell nucleus
- gummy worms = organelles
- sprinkles = ribosomes
- licorice = Golgi body
- Kit Kats = mitochondria
- chocolate candy = lysosomes
Pointe Shoes and Dance Classes ~ The kids started dance classes this week. Anne is so happy to be back and loved all of her classes. She sewed her first pair of pointe shoes and is looking forward to actually putting them on in class next week. Dean was not very happy about the first week of classes. He feels like he isn't moving forward in his skills fast enough and is frustrated with having cerebral palsy. We are going to try him in an extra class next week to see if being with other young men in a hip hop class will make him feel a bit more comfortable. He also wants to remain in the Tween Company classes he is currently taking as well. I think we will get it all worked out. Adjustments and changes are always hard on Dean.
|Somewhere I have a picture of Dean in this tire when he was just a toddler. I really need to find it!|
It is good to homeschool!