Wednesday, December 17, 2014

sharks and the Living Planet Aquarium

On Monday we started a mini unit on Sharks. It has been on our to do list for a long time but it keep getting overshadowed by larger projects. With the pending holidays and the gym transitioning to holiday schedule day hours starting next Monday, we were looking for a few short study units to do this week. Sharks, complete with a field trip to the aquarium was a perfect fit. 
We packed up a couple of our reference books (Sharks and Rays, Morris Publishing; Uncover Shark, w/shark anatomy model, Gordon; and Science Explorer Animals, Prentice Hall Publishing.) and Boo's science notebook- haven't done that in a long time! She spent about a half hour observing the sharks, sketching them, and asking and then answering her own questions. 
After she was done we ditched the book bag and went to see the rest of the exhibits. 
Side Note: You might know us well enough to notice Boo is in a dress, a rare sight. This is a return to dressing up for outings. I think dressing up is important for several reasons. First, let's get this one out of the way. I am one of those who believes clothing choice highly impacts mood. Yes, I am a uniform supported. I can't help it. I see proper dress as sign of respect and intent. 
But more importantly I want Boo to be able to feel comfortable and confident no matter what an occasion calls for. Although, even in a formal setting I would never require a dress or skirt that is her choice. I see dressing up as a social skill. And I see it as important as being able to throw on work clothes and be comfortable getting dirty (well rounded farm kids). She dresses a specific way for riding, for skiing, for gymnastics, and little old fashion me feels you dress a certain way for 'town'.... It is a life skill and the best way to learn it is to practice.    
Boo found a lady bug in the South American Exhibit.
This one surprised me a bit... 
Boo aggressively at the controls of a ocean bound ship.
If you ever board a boat and she is your captain get off!
At the very end of our day I gave Boo a coin for the spiral coin donation box in the lobby. It is one of her favorite things to do. But a young boy dropped his coin in incorrectly and it didn't spin. Without any thought Boo walked over to him and gave him hers. His parents were so stunned with her kindness they could barely thank her. The mom teared up and all she could do was smile at Boo. There were quite a few speechless parents standing around watching her. I love being this kids mom. It was simple act with a huge impact. Hopefully it will passed on.   
We had a great time at the aquarium. Returned home for a late lunch and a small break before heading to gym. Sadly, after practice ended (remember her work outs are 4 hrs long) Boo admitted how tired she had been all through workout. Saying the aquarium had worn her out for gym. This left me wondering if perhaps Boo is finally catching one of the super bugs bouncing around the city. 
We will see.

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