Friday, December 30, 2011

December Science Club

At the beginning of December, we had our monthly science club. This month's topic was dinosaurs and fossils. The presentation was from the popular, yet incorrect point of view that the earth is millions of years old. I was a little worried about Andrew's take aways from the afternoon, but he wasn't even phased by the timelines that were presented. Overall, we enjoyed our afternoon, and were very glad a hike wasn't part of our experience on that cold day!

We started off with a lecture from a paleontologist who brought many, many fossils to show the children. It was good practice sitting and listening. At the end, they got to examine the fossils up close.

She even gave the students their own bag of fossils to keep!

Then we headed to the classroom where they did some digging and identifying of fossils on their own.

A timeline activity

Miss Melissa had Andrew pretend to be a dinosaur that turned into a fossil. He loved getting to do some acting!

Trying to move a piece of petrified wood

Our last station was to make a fossil of a leaf using plaster of paris. It was super cold outside, but they turned out really neat.

This has got to be one of the funniest expressions ever captured. The caption possibilities are just endless.

And here is our sweet friend Wyatt. He was in swimming lessons with us this summer, and he has two older brothers. His mommy and I have lots to talk about each month! His family visited the Creation Museum over the summer, and Joy had him wear his shirt as a protest that afternoon. It says, "God created me on Day 6." I loved it!

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