Monday, September 30, 2013

The last day of September- fall beauty

It was the most beautiful fall day today. There was almost no wind and we actually hit 50 degrees today. After all the rain and wind last week, this was a welcome change. A and I slept late as I was recovering from a horrible migraine. We had some fun learning before lunch, then headed to homeschool gym class. Afterwards we definitly had to head out and breath in this day. 
We walked a bit down the hill with this as our view.

 We tried to see if we could find some more blueberries but most of the ones left on the bushes have begun to shrivel. Luckily we worked hard earlier this month and filled the freezer and dehydrator many times over. Realizing we weren't going to be successful in the berry department today, we just explored and played.

 I love the fall colors. So short lived but so vivid!
 The crystal clear stream just begs to be played in, but the water is icy cold.

 Left over power poles from WWII make the perfect balance beams to play on.
 Two neighbors stopped by on a walk and snapped this pic of A and I.
 My beautiful girl.

Friday, September 27, 2013

The Cell Cycle

This past week we have been learning about the process of cell division using several different resources. 
We started with a video from Brain Pop, she read a Max Axiom scientific graphic novel on cells, we used several resources from our anatomy cuuriculum, and pulled out a highschool biology textbook we keep on hand. 
Today A put it all together and created a booklet detailing the process. It was raining and blowing all day so A stayed in and she worked several hours on this. She was so proud of herself. She couldn't wait till daddy got home and she could show it to him and explain the process.
The start of her booklet. On the right she created a cell "face". She said that the mitochondria was the mouth, the nucleus- the nose, 2 lysomes for the eyes, the endoplasmic reticulum for the hair, and the golgi apparatus for the mustache. So creative. She also informed dad that the X's were chromosomes, where all the genetic material that make us who we are, is found.
 The accordian fold booklet was too long to get one detailed pic, so I took several of one section at a time, so you can see her work.

 She of course ended the booklet with a zombi. Why? I have no idea besides that she is obssessed with them. LOL. The cell has an X on it and is dead she said, thus the zombi.

Well, there you have it. A's book on the Cell Cycle. And yes, she did show it to dad the minute he walked in the door, explaining each phase as she went. He was quite impressed.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

DNA model

The past 2 weeks we have been studying cell structure, DNA, and cell replication. A is loving her study of anatomy so far this year and had a lot of fun using one of our science kits to learn more about DNA, bases, and replication.

First she constructed a DNA model using her knowledge of base pairs.

Then she "unzipped" the DNA and practice replication.

Tada! Replicated DNA.

A happy scientist!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

A's half birthday and berry picking!

I am trying to catch up on posting what we have been up to the last few days.
A's half birthday was Sept. 10th. We always have a small celebration...usually with a cupcake. We spent the day outside though, so our celbration came at the very end of the day this time.

What did we spend all day outside doing? Picking blueberries of course. 13lbs worth!
 Caught red handed!
This is what happens to your hands after picking for 6 hours!

Well, I off to bed. Goodnight all!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

A Fall Day in the Tundra

Have you missed me? I haven't been blogging as much because it is that time of year again. You know, the one where I spend ever spare second outside gathering berries and every spare second inside putting those berries away. Today was no exception. After a dreary start, the afternoon cleared up and we headed outside, but this time I brought the camera and the dog :)

The tundra is beautiful right now and I thought it was time to see if I could get some autumn pictures taken.

A has grown up so much in the last year...even in the last few months. She grew another inch this summer and many of her clothes that fit just weeks ago are now too small.

We may not have deciduous trees to change color, but if you look closely you can still see the fiery reds and yellows of fall.

 Even Bella behaved and let me snap her pic....although all she really wanted to do was run down the gorge to the water.

 I think this is one of my favorite pictures of all times.!
 The beautiful reds are the fireweed. Beautiful!
 Bella found herself a place to swim. Remind me never to take her berry picking again. In between swimming sessions, she would run up to me while I picked and bark until I tossed her blueberries. Then she would turn and jump back in the water.
 It's been really wet and mushrooms are popping up all over the tundra.
 ...including gigantic ones like this.
 Oh no! Here comes Bella, on her quest for my precious blueberries.

 More beautiful pics of A.

 And the cranberries are getting close to being ripe. I have lots of plans for those this year.
 There's nothing like springy tundra under your feet.

 A at 6 and 1/2. Looking just so grown up and beautiful.