A blog by a fellow homeschooler called Rowing Downstream created a weekly blog entry called "Yes! We did science Fridays" I am joining in the fun! Here's my entry for this week.
We found our second chrysalis this summer. This time we used our official butterfly house to hold it. The monarch butterfly emerged; we kept her until her wings were good and dry, and then we let her go. We kept the chrysalis shell. And then the baby ate the chrysalis shell. Gross!
We finished the "growing crystals" experiment. We made bird feeders out of bagels, peanut butter, and bird seed - then we hung them outside. We also learned about fossils - casts and molds. We created our own casts and molds using modeling clay, plaster of paris, and toys. The playmobile guy kind of looks like Hans Solo emprisoned, don'tcha think? The frog turned out the best!
Bookwork: the 9yo studied fossils from a young earth creationist (yec) viewpoint. It also covers evolution, but from an anti-evolution position. I'm not necessarily yec or evolutionist myself in belief, but I like my kids to know the different views. I've noticed that museums, books, and tv shows are full of the evolutionist viewpoint, so I feel we get a lot of info from both sides. (My 7yo loves a computer game called Evolution, and has learned about quite a few animals along the evolutionary progression of things). The 7yo studied mammals, and reviewed the differences between fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. They both had workbook pages to fill in, as well.