We can start at 9 a.m., or we can start at 1130... it all works.
Human Body - the brain
Used the brain picture on this page with the words cut away so the lad needed to figure out what each part is called. He used the one on this page as a sort of guide.
We learned, using this page, about how brains don't work the same on each side, the left being more logical, thinking, fine-tuning and the right being creative, big picture focused. And how they relate to each other...how when we just read a book we don't worry about the grammar of a sentence (right brain big picture) or we can learn the grammar (left brain) so the right brain can be the big picture easier. The lad compared that to thinking of a picture and then taking the time to draw things correctly. :)
Most pictures we see of the brain show a side view of it, so I thought it pertinent to show the lad how a different view of the brain will show different things. So this site gave us a top-down view which showed how the olfactory bulbs are hidden inside the frontal lobe.
We very briefly talked about how we can help the brain learn by using different things to help it. This site proved be helpful in that regard.
If I have time later this week we'll be making these brain food items...but I haven't been able to download it yet. (need to restart firefox and all that).
Our lesson today was on Complementary colours.
This morning we read from
World History. The lad found this one to be quite interesting today, he kept asking all sorts of questions. It was about how knights had different sorts of helmets and they protected their horses as well. It also mentioned strategy used in battle which highly intrigued my lad. We play a game on facebook called Social Empires and it fits in well with our history lessons, so he's slowly learning some strategy as he "kills" trolls. :)
Classic animal stories: bellerophon and pegasus. These odd names are a good way to teach phonics and how one uses them to pronounce unusual names. :) This story seemed sad to the boy. I can't say I much liked the ending of it either.
50 Magical Stories: An unexpected Opening. This story made us want to get the rest of the book as it was just the start of larger book. We want to know what happens next. Anyone have a copy of "The brass bottle" by F. Anstey?
The Ultimate Guide to wildlife of North America: brought us the Great Egret and the Tiger Salamander. The great egret was hunted by people because he was so pretty. The Tiger Salamander has a wee tiny area that it lives around here, much to my son's chagrin as he'd like to catch one and build just the right place for it to live. :)