That? Oh that's just your every day drawing in the street of a massive person.
I was kind of embarrassed when my neighbor left for work in the morning and found me in the street before 7am drawing a massive human shape. But she just yelled, "Good morning honey! Working on a lesson?"
My neighbors know me better than I thought! :)
It was my turn to teach at our science co op this week (we meet every other Friday and the moms trade off teaching and snack duties). Well, I had the job of teaching circulation. I was not thrilled. Why couldn't I have something beautiful and fun to teach like metamorphosis? Ugh...I was NOT looking forward to teaching this lesson. But then a friend told me about a game her home school group did to teach circulation that sounded perfect. I tweaked it a bit for our young group and came up with our own version. Inside, we had a small lesson about our heart; how its a muscle, how it beats, how it pushes blood through our body, etc. I taught them that our blood feeds our cells oxygen, and flushes out carbon dioxide. I told them the blood was kind of like the lunch man who delivers the lunch (oxygen), and then takes out the trash (carbon dioxide). Once outside, I placed the kids on two teams and each team had three jobs; a cell, blood transporting oxygen to the cell, and blood transporting carbon dioxide away from the cell. Our cells sat way down at the big toe. Next to the cell sat our carbon dioxide transporting blood. Up at the heart stood our oxygen carrying blood who each held a bag of felt food. At "GO!" the oxygen carrying blood would follow the blood vessels drawn on the ground and run their way down to the cell in the big toe, one on the right and one on the left. Once they reached their cell, they gave the cell their food. The cell took the food out of the bag and handed the bag (trash) to the carbon dioxide transporting blood who ran the trash back up to the heart. Which ever team got to the heart first won. Are you following? HA! The kids had a lot of fun with this activity and we played a lot of rounds of it. We also did an experiment to see how blood pumps into our hearts, using a turkey baster, and another experiment to show how we bruise, using grapes in plastic bags. But this is getting wordy enough so I'll spare you the details. :)
Other than our science co op, our week was pretty normal. I finally got my act together and arranged a birthday party for Logan and his friends. We went to our favorite park that literally sits on the marina where you can watch seal swim and pelicans dive. These California kids have it rough I'm telling you! His two home school buddies and their siblings and Mamas joined us for a day of play and treats. I LOVE watching home schooled kids get together to play. I'm always touched by how all inclusive they (usually) are. Age and gender don't seem to phase them and they just all play together. We took the kids to the park but I think they really never played on the park. They soon found two overgrown patches at the parks edge and turned them into forts. They divided themselves into two teams and played some sort of war game where prisoners were taken and rescued over and over for hours. Sword fights a plenty!
Papa came over on Monday for some "Papa School". Oh how I'm loving this wonderful routine! I feel so spoiled to cook away in my kitchen while the kids are being schooled! Such luxury! :)
How was your week of home schooling?
Please feel free to share about your week in the comments, and please leave a link if you care to join me in a "Sum it up Saturday" post.