On Tuesday we read about Marco Polo and Kublai Khan in Story of the World and then about Marco Polo in Famous Men of the Middle Ages and Famous Figures from Medieval Times. Then we read Alexander Zelenyj's Marco Polo: Overland to China.
Wednesday we did about an hour worth of bookwork before heading to another mom's house for a lesson in crocheting. The older three practiced and learned how to do more than chain while I supervised the younger three. After we got home, we read the first half of the 3rd Zoology lesson about birds' feathers. We learned about the parts of the feather and the different kinds of feathers on a birds wing. I pulled out some feathers I bought and with a magnifying glass the girls could see the barbules.
Thursday we finished the 3rd lesson in Zoology about other types of feathers, such as down feathers and iridescent feathers. We also did a small experiment using vegetable oil on some feathers and comparing how oiled feathers repelled water unlike feathers without oil. We learned how birds preen and move oil from glands at the base of their own feather down the feather with their beak to make their feathers waterproof and help insulate themselves from cold water as well as keep afloat.
Friday, after a bit of bookwork, we played a game of Multiplication Bingo and then went bird watching at Scout Lake. We saw a Downy Woodpecker, Cedar Waxwing, and a Herring Gull.
|Brigid calls the white seedling balls "Wishes".|