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THIS SCHOOL YEAR (2016-2017): We will be using a variety of different curriculum this year, with Notgrass' Uncle Sam and You as our main History, Bible and Literature focus. Our oldest, EL, is in 12th grade this year, but has special learning needs due to autism. JJ is our youngest, an active boy with Tourette Syndrome. He is in the 8th grade.

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Saturday, June 14, 2014

Summer Science Camp

This week, the kids had 3 days of a Social Skills Science Camp. It was interesting! It is geared for kids with special needs and their siblings. They learned about 3 different body systems while practicing the social skills of taking turns, cooperating, and learning about hygiene and good manners. It was a good class and I'm glad we were able to take part in it.

Day 1, we learned about the DIGESTIVE SYSTEM:

The instructor is teaching about the
different parts of the Digestive System.


Using stethoscopes to listen to
intestinal gurgling sounds called peristalsis.


They made "vomit" by mixing together 2 crackers, 1/2 banana, shredded carrots, baking soda, and vinegar to simulate what happens to food inside the stomach.

It literally looks like vomit. Ewww.


They blew up balloons and let them go to simulate the sounds of flatulence. Ha ha! They had such fun with this.

Pushing thick oatmeal through a panty hose leg to simulate food being pushed through the small intestines.

Day 2, I didn't get too many pictures, but we learned about the CIRCULATORY SYSTEM. They made the different parts of blood, listened to heart beats, and learned about veins and arteries.

Here, they put celery into a glass of food coloring
and left it there for a couple of days to see how veins work.

On the last day, they learned about the RESPIRATORY SYSTEM:

They made "snot." Their faces tell the story on this one.


They went outside to drop Mentos into a bottle of diet Coke
to simulate how pressure builds up before we sneeze.
A sneeze can travel up to 100 miles per hour!

They used balloons and a water bottle
to show how our diaphragm helps our lungs work.
 
and, they blew through straws into water bottles to show lung capacity.
Some of them got their faces very wet. Hee hee.  




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