Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Wordish Wednesday :: Science Version

One of the things that I love about Classical Conversations is that my girls are doing some sort of science experiment or observation each week. While we do our science reading at home (some of the time), at their age, you just can’t beat getting science down on their level and make it something they can observe, touch, smell, etc.

Our last two weeks have been science projects with lots of observation. First up was an examination of the external parts of a crayfish.

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We went outside to do this experiment (the deceased crayfish had a slight aroma to them making this project better suited for a location with good ventilation). I had read my material and was prepared to talk through the animal with my little class, but God was kind to me! N1’s tutor, who was a biology major once-upon-a-time, was outside with her class, so we were able to join in with her. 

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Both N1 and B examined their crayfish with gusto although both declined to bring one of the extras home.

This week we dissected owl pellets!
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In spite of the fact that I really don’t care for the little sounds of crunching bones as you work open your pellet, taking these apart and finding the pieces is pretty cool. Our class had several heads that were in good shape, and one if I recall that almost completely intact, which was quite creepy-cool.

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Even though my stomach turns a little bit at these experiments – I admit it – I am constantly amazed at God’s creativity in nature. From the delicate swimmerets underneath the hard armored shell of the crayfish to the way that God wired the owl to digest it’s food, His creativity is amazing.

The heavens are telling of the glory of God;
And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands.
Psalm 19:1

1 comment:

  1. Dissecting owl pellets has been one of our favorite science experiments - for me!

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