New Science Crush

Where does the carbon on Earth come from? How does it make its way into all of the diverse life forms on the planet? How does body size affect the properties of an animal? How does evolution work? How do the laws of physics govern life?

My son and I have been watching lots of YouTube science shows and lots of documentaries lately.  The most striking one for me has been a five episode series called “The Wonders of Life”.  It seamlessly blends biology and chemistry and physics into an easy to understand, beautiful package. I wish this had been around when I was in school!

It also introduced me to my new science crush, Brian Cox. Watching intelligent men being passionate about science is pretty awesome- Neil DeGrasse Tyson has been my science crush for awhile, lol.

We have been watching on Curiosity Stream and I found some other documentaries by Brian Cox to watch soon.

River Monsters

My son has been taken with this show lately and with all the episodes on Netflix, it is easy to watch together. The fisherman is amazing and travels all over the globe searching for huge fish and often looking into mysteries or fables.

This show is great in so many ways. It shows native people in each location, tells the history or stories surrounding each fish, and then follows him as he catches each specimen.

The biggest impact story this week was the Pacu. It is a vegetarian fish that looks similar the piranha. Groups hoping to help the native population have more food took the fish from South America and introduced them in Papua New Guinea. Unfortunately the fish adapted too well. They over-ate the vegetation and then became omnivores, killing other fish and attacking humans.

My son clearly got the point and we talked about the dangers of putting animals and plants where they are not native.

Tonight I checked out the website.
Lots of good stuff!

Friday Surprise

I decided to cancel our homeschool swimming for today as it was a bit loud at the pool this week due to Spring break. Lucky for me, my husband wound up taking the day off and then my dad surprised me with a call leading to a visit from him and my step-mom! They watched the kids while J. and I used a gift certificate at a local restaurant to grab a bite to eat. Then, we got to visit for a little while before they had to head home.

To add to the fun of the day, we took the kids to see “How to Train Your Dragon” in 3-D. It was a cute movie and we all had a good time. I was a bit concerned my son would have trouble with the glasses fitting over his real ones, but he said not a word about it.

Connections

The kids and I have been watching a few food shows lately. One that we really enjoy is the Food Network Challenge. Often, they will have a bunch of pastry chefs compete to create gigantic cakes or sculptures meeting some challenge goals and usually a certain theme. The episode we saw today was about famous landmarks…really neat to see created in sugar and chocolate 🙂

At bedtime, my daughter chose this book for her bedtime story:
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She was so excited to see that all of the places from the show were in the book!

Oldies, But Goodies

Well, at least oldies…..
We joined Netflix again for the month hoping we could use the “watch instantly” feature with our TIVO to see movies on our TV. It didn’t work out that way as out TIVO is too old and doesn’t support it 😦

Since we were locked in for the month anyway, I decided to expose the kids to the fantastic cartoons of our youth 🙂 The “Smurfs”, “Thundercats”, and “Dungeons and Dragons” were soon on their way along with a “Tom and Jerry” set and some “Super Mario Super Shows”.

While at the thrift store, I came across some “Thundercats” comics and picked those up as well.

It has been a fun trip down memory lane…

Movies

We have had some kind of head cold knocking us around for awhile now. I got a bunch of movies from the library to give us some stuff to watch in case we needed some down time. We did.

Tonight we watched “Evan Almighty”, the movie about God telling a congressman to build an ark. It led to all kinds of discussions about Noah and the Bible and also to a new joke from my son…

“What science is in the Bible?”
“ARKeology!”

We also watched “The Last Mimsy” which was a little more intense than they cared for. It was interesting and a bit confusing. Last on the list was “Ella Enchanted” which enchanted my daughter 🙂 Cute and campy at the same time!