I meant to show the boys our Greek episode of Drive-Thru History, but we just couldn't fit that in this week. Hopefully next week!
The boys also made the Greek Islands of ancient times out of Clay.
As usual, attire is optional
The four islands surround Poseidon, the Greek god of the sea, (in the middle of a hurricane- no less!), and Zeus is looking over his domain as the Greek god of thunder and sky.
We started our new science unit on the human body, using 'Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology'. We read about the history of anatomy and talked about the ancient Egyptians, Hebrews and Greeks and their ideas about the human body. We also learned about Hippocrates and his four humors. The boys performed an experiment and mummified an apple after reviewing how the ancient Egyptians mummified their dead.
The apple on the right still has the remains of the baking powder/salt mixture it sat in for a week. The apple on the left was the 'control' apple, and was clearly rotten. The mummified apple on the right was much better preserved and had a 'spongey' feel to it.
We had a Valentine's Day Party on Tuesday with our home school co-op. The kids all enjoyed a valentine exchange, crafts, cookie decorating, snacks and games. All three won a prize during the cakewalk.
You can see J-Straco in the blue shirt on the left, and the Princess wearing her tutu in the middle. Farm Boy was behind everyone picking out his prize cupcake. The boys were 2 out of only 4 boys at the party. At this age, they didn't like those odds, although in a few years I think that may change.
We made a home-made heart shaped pizza for lunch- Yummy!
Then, Grandma surprised us by bringing over the supplies to decorate our own cupcakes. Everyone enjoyed that!
The Princess kept very busy this week as well. She has a wide assortment of pre-school curriculum, none of which I require. Once in a while she will join us at the table and work on a page from her Rod & Staff preschool curriculum, or Handwriting Without Tears manipulatives. However, this week she found some fun activities to fill her mornings.
One day she made a zoo out of blocks and filled it with her little animals.
She insisted I make a sign for the alligator pen which read, "No eating the little animals!"
They must have been very smart, literate alligators, because we didn't have any trouble with them.
Another day, she found a dead fly and built a little house for him complete with bookshelves filled with books (small pieces of paper). Apparently, her 'pet' enjoyed being read to before he was tucked into bed.
Toward the end of the week we enjoyed identifying and counting birds for the Backyard Bird Count.
Daddy took the kids to buy a couple new bird feeders, as our old ones had broken, and we thought we needed something more official than a plastic bowl filled with bird food.
Two of our visitors- a Cardinal and Downy Woodpecker
Here is a list of birds we saw, according to Farm Boy:
Downy Woodpeckers, male and female
Red-Bellied Woodpeckers, male
Cardinals, male and female
American Tree Sparrows
Dark Eyed Juncos, male and female
Blue Jay, male