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Human Body 2016

We spent the last 2 weeks doing another Human Body unit. Much of it was similar to the one we did last year, but Weston’s understanding has deepened and his questions are more complex than last year.

We traced his outline on paper and hung it on the back of our living room door. As we learned about the different body systems with the aid of multiple books and the very cool My Incredible Body app, we added those systems to our body outline. As we went throughout our days we had fun pointing out times when we were using our different body systems – feeling our hearts beating, using muscles to run and jump, emptying our bladders, chewing food at lunch, feeling our ribs and vertebrae , and experimenting with the motions our different types of joints allow.

Along with the different body systems, we also talked about our immune system. We discussed how around 70% of our immune system is found within our gut. We talked about how important it is to nourish our bodies with healthy foods. A discussion of healthy foods lead into why we limit sugary treats – because sugar depresses the immune system or in Weston terms – it slows down our white blood cells and makes it easier for the bacteria and viruses to make us sick. We also discussed other important aspects of our health like getting enough sleep and exercising our muscles.

And because the concept of invisible germs and washing hands can be a hard one to grasp, we added some visual experiments. One day after he’d been playing outside, I had Weston rub his hands on a half piece of bread. We then placed it into a ziploc labeled dirty. I then had him wash his hands and rub his clean hands on the other half piece of bread. We watched as they grew all sorts of lovely green fuzz, most notably the dirty one more so than the clean.

We also did another hand washing experiment to demonstrate why using soap and slowing down to really scrub makes a difference. I squeezed glitter glue on Weston’s hands and told him those were the germs he’d just sneezed or coughed into his hand. He thought it was silly but went along with it. I asked him to rub his other hand together with the germy one. Now the germs have spread to both hands. Then I had him pick up a cup to take a drink. Uh-oh! Some of the germs stuck to the cup. And when I picked up the cup after him, some of the germs stuck to my hand too. How do we get them off? We needed to wash our hands. I had Weston first use just water to “wash” his hands. Some of the glitter germs came off but many were still left. Next we tried a quick scrub with soap. More came off but even with a quick soap scrub some were left behind. Then we scrubbed again with soap while singing the ABC song to help slow us down. Weston was able to get the last of the glitter germs off. His smile through the process and his answers to my question of “Are they clean yet?” let me know that he better understood why we properly wash our hand by slowing down to scrub them well with soap.

 
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Posted by on May 2, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

Kenilworth Castle

We spent this morning at Kenilworth Castle exploring its ruins. The size and scale of the ruins was impressive. I wish it was possible to see it whole as it was when people lived there. Queen Elizabeth I stayed at the castle on several occasions.

 
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Posted by on April 30, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

Warwick Castle

We spent yesterday at 1001 year old Warwick Castle.

We walked the 500+ steps up and down to explore the view from the walls and tower.

We watched birds of prey fly and swoop. And we saw a few peacocks roaming the grounds. Afterwards, the kids spent the afternoon swoops around with their arms spread wide as birds.

We we saw a trebuchet fling a fiery boulder and were hailed on while waiting.

We explored the elaborate castle rooms. Weston thought the wax figure in the second room was real. He saw her through the doorway and told me a Queen must live here. I admit, from a distance, I thought she was alive too but maybe an actor.

We listened to an interactive story where we helped a Princess Helena solve clues to rescue Prince Guy from a magic spell. No pictures allowed, but the kids had a great time.

We walked through the Kingmaker exhibit exploring the history of the castle. The wax figures were an interesting touch and really brought the scenes to life.

We explored a Horrible Histories maze. Horrible Histories is an kids history show. The kids had fun in the maze though the concept of straightening our mixed up centuries in history was lost on them. We also spent some time in the playground.

We had a fabulous day even with the hail and after 6 hours of exploring our feet were tired. But I think that’s the mark of a good day – tired feet and happy faces.

 
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Posted by on April 30, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

Wrest Park

We spent day 2 of our adventure with friends at Wrest Park. The small part of the house open to the public was beautifully detailed. It was a family home before being sold. It served as a hospital during World War I and was eventually bought by English Heritage and the gardens restored. We walked the grounds and gardens enjoying he glorious sun and ended the day at the playground with an ice cream treat.

 
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Posted by on April 22, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

Roman Baths in Bath

We continued our day through the beautiful and sometimes hilly countryside into Bath to see the Roman Baths. Weston and his friend Payton each completed the kids I Spy trail. The Roman Baths were found by accident while excavating for a sewer. The baths are fed by a hot spring and used to have a tall overarching roof.

 
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Posted by on April 21, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

Stonehenge

We woke up early Tuesday morning to get on the road to Stonehenge. I wish we’d been able to go in the inner circle and touch the stones. It’s impressive to really see how large the stones are and imagine how the ancients built it. Weston wasn’t very impressed though. The soaker hoses lining the sidewalk were more interesting.

 
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Posted by on April 21, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

Second Soccer Game

Weston (#8) had his second soccer game last night. He scored another goal and had a great time.

 
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Posted by on April 19, 2016 in Uncategorized

 
 
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