Weekly Wrap-Up: The One with the Frog Guts

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Weekly Wrap-Up

Happy Friday, y’all! How’s your week been? Ours has been rainy and rather cold. We were in line for some severe weather on Tuesday, but, thankfully, it missed us. We saw the sun briefly on Wednesday and Thursday, but mostly it’s just been cloudy and yucky. I have determined, without a doubt, that I could not live in the Pacific Northwest. It only takes a few days with no sun for me to start getting antsy.

Yesterday, I was telling Megan, who has never flown, how it’s sunny and beautiful up above the clouds when you fly. If I could have hopped on a plane right at that moment, I probably would have. Well, maybe not. I’m not too sure I want to fly right now with all the unknowns about Ebola.

*Warning: Photos of our frog dissection are coming up. Those with weak stomachs should proceed with caution.*

The highlight of our week was definitely our frog dissection. And, by “highlight,” I totally mean “most interesting part.” I was the kid who actually found dissections really interesting when I was in school, but I’ve got a weaker stomach than I did back then, so I was counting on Josh to do the actual handling and cutting of the frog.

Except, he had trouble getting the incision started, so guess who had to do the cutting?

Frog Dissection Collage

I actually did okay, though, and didn’t get too grossed-out. We wound up watching a couple of virtual frog dissections the next day as follow up. If I had it to do again, I would have watched the virtual dissections first because, when we watched them, I saw some things I would have done differently.

The other big thing that happened this week was that Brian and I – mostly Brian; I just pray and pause the YouTube video at the right places – replaced another laptop screen. As I mentioned last week, this makes our third. I’m just thankful that we’ve been able to successfully replace them ourselves since the labor charge to have it done costs more than the screen.


In other news, Josh wrote his best paragraph yet this week! It just took finding something that he’s interested in – how to restring a guitar. Plus, it probably doesn’t hurt that since this was a how-to paper, it was all factual. He is my non-fiction kid when it comes to reading, so it stands to reason that his best writing would be a “just the facts, ma’am” kind of assignment. Thanks, WriteShop!

I’m trying to convince him to let me take pictures of him restringing his guitar and turning his paper into a guest blog post like Jolanthe’s daughter did. He’s not on board with that yet.

Now, I’m hoping for a relatively low key weekend with chances to catch up on laundry and online stuff. At this point, there is nothing on the calendar. Dare I hope it stays that way?

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Kris Bales is a newly-retired homeschool mom and the quirky, Christ-following, painfully honest founder (and former owner) of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers. She has a pretty serious addiction to sweet tea and Words with Friends. Kris and her husband of over 30 years are parents to three amazing homeschool grads. They share their home with three dogs, two cats, a ball python, a bearded dragon, and seven birds.

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  1. As much as I enjoy science I was never enthusiastic about dissections. I’m hoping to outsource that particular lesson! Congrats on the great paragraph! A guest post with pictures sounds interesting.

  2. I liked the dissections too, but not sure I could do it now. Whew! Hopefully Jack will be able to once it comes to that time :). Looks like a nice week. Glad you guys dodged the weather. My son is a facts reader too. Once I realized he would rather read books on animals, science or real life stuff, it was much easier to get him to read. He’s starting to expand into more fiction on his own but still the facts books are big hits.

  3. Yeah, that whole dissection thing isn’t going to happen here. Not with me. We’ll do virtual or I’ll send the kids to someone else for that. So WAY TO GO, you rockin’ biology homeschool mom!

  4. That frog dissection looks very cool. Both my kids are pretty squeamish at the moment so I’m having to put on a brave, “Gosh, isn’t that INTERESTING?” face about all sorts of stuff I’d rather not look at too closely (let alone handle). You can’t beat real hands-on learning though, can you?

  5. Convince him!! Laurianna loved it – especially when she got ‘extra credit’ for doing it (snicker). I bet thought it was so encouraging for him as well! Yay, Josh!

    And kudos to you for the frog dissection and the laptop screen (one definitely more kudos on than the other). We’ve had our share of laptop issues the last 2 years and I am a PRO at transferring hard drives and all the program information from one laptop to another. But I hate that I even have to know how to do that. Boo for computer issues.

    On a side note, we have a dissection kit hidden on the top shelf of the school room shelves. I’m hoping that the kids will forget that it’s there. Every now and then they remember, but shhhh!!!

    1. Hey, that skill for transferring hard drives and data could come in handy. I might have to visit you when I upgrade the next time. 🙂

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