We had plenty of kitchen time...this time mixing up our favorite peanut butter cookies!
While at the snake presentation, we had the opportunity to pick up an owl pellet. Apparently, real owl pellets are helpful to the ecosystem, so we had to settle for a fake one (Eli does not know it was fake).
While reading the instructions, we found out that owls swallow their prey whole, then regurgitate the feathers, bones, indigestible parts into a pellet. So do hawks, eagles, and many other predatory birds. To me, owl pellets sounded a little bit like a cat with a hairball, but this topic is already icky enough, so I'll stop there. Eli's pellet was supposed to contain the skeleton (or plastic replica skeleton) of a vole.
It even came with this (supposedly) handy bone sorting chart:
Interestingly enough, the "pellet replica" looks like someone's dryer lint mixed with feathers and plastic bones. Patrick and I could not figure out why there might be feathers in a pellet containing a vole "skeleton".
|Our mini-scientist begins to dissect the pellet with tweezers|
|Appa helping with the dissection process|
|Our "guaranteed vole" ended up being bird...!|
Because of the cold this week, we really didn't make it outside much for playtime. The only time we saw Ms. E this week was to hand out birthday invitations....I seriously can't believe it's coming so soon! We did, however, have a lot of iPad time...
I don't generally encourage TV/electronics, but lately, it's been leading to interesting things happening...like Eli reading entire books on his own. He finished "Are You My Mother?" and is now halfway through reading "One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish." He is still excitedly reading 1-2 pages a night, and has now begun to sit and listen to chapter books (both on CD and read aloud chapter-by-chapter). I am currently reading him a chapter of "Sideways Stories from Wayside School" by Louis Sachar aloud each night, and we just finished listening to "Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing" by Judy Blume on CD.
I've also moved on from our rather sad (and short!) subscription to EPGY (now Redbird). We gone back to using Montessori materials and apps for math, allowing Eli to progress at his own rate. This week, he progressed to doing this:
We even managed to work on art most days this week. This week, we were looking at how to make a landscape painting. I brought home 4 beautiful landscape paintings when Patrick and I were in Korea a few years ago, and thought it was a nice tie-in to some of our Korea studies this month. After watching some videos and looking at some fun websites, we gave it a try. We learned several techniques, and experimented quite a bit with mixing colors and layering colors. This is Eli's finished landscape:
|Jumping on the trampoline|
|Bear-crawling on the parallel bars|
Finally...it's 50 States Friday....time to study Connecticut!