This year we have taken a few field trips to:
We do not have photos but we visited McWane Science Center and Civil Rights Institute in Birmingham.
We visited Valley Road Honey Farm where Julia and Sean McDowell taught us about bees and honey. Their honey is definitely the best tasting honey I have ever had. It was so much fun overall although it was a bit nerve-racking as there were bees swarming all around us. We had to trust the McDowells to just let the bees be and then they will not sting us. They were absolutely right and nobody got stung.
Arjun and I have been studying life sciences. After studying about fungi, Arjun collected mushrooms, grew mold on a piece of bread and did a presentation about fungi.
Having studied bacteria and other organisms, he created Jeopardy questions. Amit and Kabir participated. Kabir won! The 4 categories for Jeopardy were: Diseases, Organisms, Bacteria and Definitions.
Here’s lifecycle of a butterfly:
Arjun and I learnt about cells and so, we made cell model.
Arjun hopes to participate in as many homeschooler days as possible this academic year.
April: Dissection of mouse.
February: Critter connections – Would you dare fly into the mouth of a crocodile or catch a ride on a whale’s back? Animal friendships are everywhere! Can you feel the love (or the lack thereof) amongst our animal companions?
January: Explored nature’s acoustics throughout the Zoo. From quacks, to moos, to cock-a-doodle-doos, Arjun learnt how animals communicate by using their own unique styles. He created a popsicle stick harmonica and learnt about sound waves and wavelengths.
November: Dissection of snail!
September: Zoo in Motion! What goes up must come down! They explored motion in a zoo-tacular way. Ever wonder why ducks fly in a V or how a sea lion moves so quickly through the water? They discussed and examined Newton’s three laws of motion and how they apply to the Zoo every day!