Our Unschooling Adventure - which officially started in Lowell in the Fall of 2005 - now continues in Berlin.

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

You have *what* in your kitchen?!

We've been doing some "science" lately, at least that's how it will typically get classified. (As an aside, Karl and I have been discussing what "doing science" means. I will write about it when it's cooked.)

Dead Turtle

Manisha found a desiccated dead turtle (or a turtle-cake, as Karl called it) in the parking lot of her company. Like a good homeschooler she brought it home for the kids to study. They had a good time inspecting it. Supriya wondered if the turtle had claws, so she examined it closely. Indeed it has claws and they are still pointy.

Naturally it sits on the window-sill in the kitchen (in a ziplock bag of course). Still it horrified some of her co-workers, "You have what in your kitchen?!"

Supriya: What killed the turtle? Did someone step on it?
Manisha: No, it's too flattened for that. Probably a car went over it.
Supriya: But car tires are so soft...?
Manisha: It's the weight of the car on top that flattened it...

Discovery Museum

Manisha took the kids to the Discovery Museum last weekend while I was away at the chorus retreat. We became members when it became clear that we will be going there often. They spent about 1 1/2 hours at the Science Museum and another hour at the Children's Museum. At this stage they are playing with assorted things with no clear favorites.

"Fresh from the Family Farm"

We got this video titled "Fresh from the Family Farm: Where our food comes from" (produced by ZMedia, Inc.) from the library, and it has become a surprising hit with the kids, especially Aseem. Maybe they are connecting with it because we are growing tomatoes in our backyard (in the wonderful Earthboxes) and the tomatoes are ripening & ready to eat.


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