Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Mushrooms Under the Microscope, Painted Lady Migration, Echolocation and Smelling Cotton Wool Balls.

We had a friend join us for schooling one morning last week. She joined in with our Autumn work, gave it her all, smiled all day and was a delight to have.

We started the day with making stuffed apples. Easy and filling.

Each kiddy had to find four cotton wool balls with a particular smell to demonstrate how bats identify their babies by smell. It was all very hilarious. We used cotton wool balls dipped in perfume, almond essence, orange juice or vanilla essence.

After learning a little about the pipistrelle bat the children weighed and measured clay the for the exact measurements of a brown long-eared bat - also found in the UK.

We did a little experiment on echolocation and the children drew their ideas.

The girls' friend also spent a while helping Ballet Girl with her High School Diploma. Good stuff girls :)

Animation fun with V-Tech.

The Boy took my camera on a mushroom hunt in the garden. Look at these smashing shots!

We spent a morning finishing our bat work.

For how long can you hang upside down like a bat?

The Boy's work included bat family words, a bat and bird venn diagram, bat-related maths, learning about bat fingers, and reading and illustrating a bat book.

Panda Girl's work included a bat and bird venn diagram, labeling a bat body, a bat life cycle, learning about bat fingers, and writing a bat story.

As did Monkey Girl's.

Observing and investigating mushrooms.

Microscope fun

Playing about with mushrooms

We learnt that mushrooms contain Vitamin C, Potassium, Vitamin B12 and Phosphorus. They are full of protein and are good for stress and fatigue. Yay for mushrooms! 

A mini lap book about animals we associate with autumn:

Monkey Girl led the entire morning on this while I spent a couple of hours with Ballet Girl catching up with her work, Good stuff, sweetie.

Learning about bird migration. We watched some great YouTube videos about where birds go in the winter and an especially interesting one about Arctic Terns. The travel from the Arctic to the Antarctic and back again every year and within their lifetime they will have travelled the equivalent of flying to the moon and back three times!

Painted lady butterflies fly high into the sky when they return to Africa after a summer in the UK. So far for tiny wings to fly!

This is a brilliant page for British animal migration info

We learnt about Berwick swans who migrate to Britain from Siberia every November. They arrived in October this year so experts believe we will have a particularly long winter ahead. 

This girl amazes me with her great attitude, diligence and perseverance. She's smart and studious and I'm very proud.