Saturday, February 25, 2012

Homeschool Highlights

This was a week filled with a lot of science and health activities.

We decided to try our hand at a couple of activities I had found and posted onto Pinterest. We made models of both the spine and human blood.

To make the spine all you need is a pool noodle and some thick ponytail holders.
I cut the pool noodle into about 2" pieces with a bread knife to make our vertebrae (24).

Then use a length of rope or cord to string on alternate noodle pieces (vertebrae) and pony tail holders (disks).

Then tie off the end. That's it!!! Easy peasy lemon squeezy!! Don't you love projects like that?!!

You can find the link to where I found this idea here.

For the blood, here are our suplies.....

BTW...the bags are filled with cheerios with red food coloring added to them.
We filled up our jar with water and added the yellow food coloring. I guess this is how blood looks like without the red blood cells added.

Next add your "red blood cells".

Then add your white blood cells (mini marshmellows and your platelets (purple pom poms) and Viola!! You have human blood! EEEEEWWWWW!

You can find a link to where I found this idea here.
I spent a good portion of the week creating a high school health course for J2. A half credit of health is required to graduate where we live. Since J2 is already taking Advanced Biology (which is all human anatomy)and we can't count any of that towards his health credit I had to really think about what J2 needs in this course. I sat down and asked myself the question, "What do I want J2 to learn before he graduates high school next year that he will take with him for the rest of his life?"

So I created, "Living in Divine Health" for him.

I'll share all the details with you in a later post. Hopefully mid week.

Hope you enjoyed your week!!


B. Martin said...

Your science experiments look like so much fun and what a great visual! I can't even imagine figuring out high school courses. I'm struggling just to find the right fit for kindergarten/first grade!

Hopped over from WUH!
Happy Weekend!

This is Home said...

I used to feel the same way about high school! When people would ask me, "What are you going to do when you get to 10th grade?" I would always reply, "I don't know? I'm only in sercond grade this year!" I think you have the grace for second grade when you are teaching second grade and the grace for 10th grade, when your student is in 10th grade. :-) Thanks so much for the comment!

Nicole said...

Great projects! Can't wait to see what your health course turns out to be!! I love building my own curriculums!