Our school year is officially underway.
Our science curriculum requires birds and bugs.
Because we live in the Frozen Tundra,
those things are hard to come by in the winter,
soooo, we decided to start science early.
Our Zoology curriculum focuses on "Flying Animals of the Fifth Day."
We'll spend a few weeks learning about birds.
After birds, we'll learn about bats and pterosaurs.
I expect to finish these studies in December/January.
At that time, we'll take a vacation from science for awhile.
We'll eventually start up again in May and continue through the summer.
At first I was a bit unsure about "doing school" (science) over the summer,
but now I'm actually pretty excited about it!
It will be nice to have a "lighter" subject load during our regular school year
Anyway, onto the fun stuff!
This week we were introduced to the subject of zoology.
This included a lot of big information-
taxonomy, binomial nomenclature,
Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus, Species,
Our first science experiment involved uplifting pressure.
We learned about air pressure, lift, drag, thrust and aerodynamics.
Big stuff- and it's totally true when I say I am learning along with the boys.
Wanna see how air pressure works?
We filled a cup with water, and cut a straw into two pieces.
One straw stuck out of the water 1/2 inch.
Mr. Sunshine angled the other straw and blew.
The air pressure forced water to shoot out of the other straw.
If you look closely, you can see it!
He wrote about it in his fancy shmancy notebook, too.
Take a peek:
I love his little doodle!
He drew me (far left) with my camera.
Mr. Mustard Seed is the spiky haired hottie,
and Mr. Sunshine is next to him.
The "experiment" is between us.
After learning about all of this, we busted out our paper airplane book,
and had some fun with flight in our backyard.
Lemme tell ya, it's tricky business trying to "catch" a paper airplane on camera!
We actually completed a second science experiment this week, too!
Our second experiment involved glider design.
I so wish I would have snapped a picture of each of the gliders we made,
but I didn't. Boo.
We made them out of cardboard, straws, tape and clay.
One had long, narrow wings, and the other had short, wide wings.
We had to determine which would fly further.
We flew each glider 8 times,
measured their distances, and then found their average.
Which glider do YOU think went the furthest?
Here are the gliders in action:
(I thought taking pictures of flying airplanes was tricky business-
gliders = even trickier business!)
Our hypothesis was that the skinny, narrow glider would go further.
I read ahead in the book,
and knew that our hypothesis was correct,
the experiment scared me a bit!
Short, wide glider was actually a pretty decent flyer!
In the end, it was very, very close!
Skinny narrow glider ended up winning with an average 155" compared to 148".
We also enjoyed some time exploring our local nature center.
We hadn't been there in a very long time.
It was nice to walk the trails.
The boys had fun with a scavenger hunt.
Here they are, working together:
Take only memories, leave only footprints.
(I love that!)
A train went by, which scared a few deer.
If you look closely, you might be able to see them, too.
Here are a few of my favorite shots:
BW has been keeping busy, too.
He enjoyed doing the experiments with us,
and has been getting artsy with his new desk.
And, since we're talking about desks, lemme show you some new desk bling!
BW loves California and buses, so I was excited to find these little treasures!
Who doesn't love the California raisins, right?!
Mr. Sunshine loves the Eiffel Tower and France,
so we added this little treasure to his desk,
along with a few more Cali Raisins to BW's:
I'm quite excited about our school year.
So far, I'm very impressed with Apologia's Zoology,
and the science lab kit has been amaaaaazing!
Some of you may have heard about the gigantic mess I made in my planner.
Okay,let me fix that- it was more like this- "AHHHHHHH!!!"
I am NOT a list-making-planner-planning person.
Putting my lesson plans together for the year was quite the task.
In case you're wondering what two bottles of white out look like...
Take this, and...
Multiply it by, like, 17.
But! My planning is 85% done,
and I'm feeling accomplished, excited and hopeful for our school year!
The good times are already rollin'!
Thanks for stopping by!