Saturday, March 8, 2014

Grade 9 Science Co-op - Reproduction and Genetics


We had our first Science Co-op for Grade 9 and it was excellent! To start with our art and drama mom took over the beginning of the lesson teaching about genetics. First she had the students fill out an inventory of traits. 
This gave our students something to relate to as they continued through the lesson. She had prepared a graph before hand and the students then filled out the graph together based on the inventory. 
She explained how genetics work with dominant and recessive genes and how they effect our traits. It was a wonderful lesson. This has always been a little confusing to me, but I understand it much better now! I am glad that I was listening!! Many moms say that they learned more from homeschooling than in there entire time in school - I must say that I have to agree with that!
Next another one of our moms discussed abortion and development of babies. It too, was an excellent lesson. She first had the kids watch this video
She then had models to show them and she talked to them about what happens in an abortion and what stage the fetus is in. She also had our students look up several verses on the sanctity of life.The hands on nature of this lesson really put things into perspective for our students. It was excellent! 
Our mom’s knowledge and passion for the subject really shone through!!
Next it was another run through of Les Miserables. It is such a blessing to have these dramas. It gets our students so comfortable with reading in a group, being patient, staying focussed and being comfortable in all kinds of characters. 
Each one of our students knows the piece of literature so well as they go through it! Through our students years in co-op our students have become so culturally competent. They know plays, literature and have a grasp on time frames and culture during those time frames. What a blessing as they go into their adult lives!!
After this it was off to gym time. Our gym dad led the kids in a session of European Handball. They played it once last year, so it was great that they had another opportunity.

Another wonderful day at Co-op with our amazing students and incredible moms!! I can’t imagine our homeschool without this opportunity!

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