The kids have been continuing their study of genetics over the past few weeks. Miss Adventure hasn’t been reading too much, because I’ve been making her summarize every paragraph she reads (and she finds it very difficult to summarize, not just recite the whole paragraph back to me). She’s been reading most of Baa!: The Most Interesting Book You’ll Ever Read about Genes and Cloning by Cynthia Pratt Nicolson. The illustrations are not my preferred style (what you see on the cover is indicative of the people you’ll see illustrated throughout the book), but the text is very informative while not being too technical for Miss Adventure. The author provides several suggested activities to reinforce the ideas mentioned on that page in the “You Try It” sections. There are also little vignettes of real-life examples of the genetic principles discussed on the page.
Mr. Curiosity needed something a bit more in-depth for his reading. I found him What’s in Your Genes?: From the Color of Your Eyes to the Length of Your Life, a Revealing Look at Your Genetic Traits by Katie McKissick. This is a humorous approach to genetics, starting from what is DNA to inheritance patterns of specific traits to gene sequencing. The author takes a very irreverent tone throughout the book, which Mr. Curiosity is quite enjoying, but it’s probably more appropriate for the older kids or adults since there’s the occasional mild swear word or sexual innuendo.
Finally, to end on a completely unrelated note, we have Ed Emberley’s Picture Pie: A Circle Drawing Book. One of the homeschool blogs I read (I wish I could remember which one) mentioned they were using the book so I thought I would check it out. The basic principle is you cut circles out of paper, cut those circles into halves, quarters, or eighths, and then rearrange the pieces to make interesting shapes. The kids found the book quite inspiring. Miss Adventure made a couple of individual images following the instructions in the book.
And those are the books we used this week. Linking up with the Weekly Wrap-Up at Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers Weekly Wrap-Up.
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