Thursday, March 12, 2015

Five in a Row

We have been keeping up with our FIAR learning.  I love FIAR and so does Samantha.  During this snowy winter we rowed the book Snowflake Bentley.

There is a lot to learn with this book.  He was a great guy who was very persistent about wanting to capture and learn all about snowflakes.  His parents made a big sacrifice to get him the expensive camera to be able to capture the beauty of the snowflake.  Great comparison for Sam to see the sacrifices parents make for their children.. like us sacrificing to be able to homeschool her and pay for the activities she does.

She learned a little about geometry in the shapes of the snowflakes.  She learned about the science of crystals.  We grew some crystals.

We captures our own snowflakes on film.

Not really a part of Snowflake Bentley but Sam made her own gum mint flavored and blue to be like ice,  Her snowballs.

We set out a bottle to measure how much water it takes to make snow.

It was actually amazing to see how little bit of water is needed to make all that snow 2 inches of water to make 14 inches of snow.

Making our own crystals.

I love FIAR. There is so much learning going on from it.  This wasn't all we did but this is all I have pictures of.  I did have her cut out paper snowflakes and then she wrote the vocabulary words on them with the definitions on it.  We learned a little geography of Vermont and how much snow they get.

Here is a quote from Wilson "Snowflake" Bentley 1925.... "Under the microscope, I found that snowflakes were miracles of beauty; and it seemed a shame that this beauty should not be seen and appreciated by others. Every crystal was a masterpiece of design and no one design was ever repeated., When a snowflake melted, that design was forever lost. Just that much beauty was gone, without leaving any record behind."

After doing this FIAR row I couldn't look at snowflakes the same anymore.  They are beautiful.  Every time it snowed this February I went outside to take a good look at the flakes that are falling.  

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