I love discovering new and creative ways to study normal textbook subjects. When we studied human anatomy, we went to a local butcher and got a cow’s eyeball. The structure of the cow’s eye is very similar to the human eye. Four homeschool families would get together once a week to do learning activities that we would probably not do at home alone. Doing these hands-on activities in a group was a lot of fun and the kids loved it. This time we dissected the cow’s eyeball.
Well, I heard about another great activity that would go right along with this. Make cakeballs. That’s right. You’ve got to check this out. What a clever idea! Make the cakeballs first so the kids have a better understanding of the anatomy of the eye, plus making the cakeballs and eating them before you do the eyeball dissection might help the kiddos not to be so squeamish. He-he!
You can find out more about making cow eye cakeballs here.
You could do the cakeballs one week and the dissection the next week. Let the kids take pictures of their coweye cakeballs and the real cow’s eye before it was dissected for their science notebook. Notebooking is a great way for your children to make their own science book and a great way to start is to let them take pictures to post on their notebook pages. Your student writers could also write a detailed report of the dissection and the recipe for the cakeballs. If you have a reluctant writer or a younger student, let them just start out by labeling their pictures. Just get them started documenting their own work. They will enjoy the unusual activities and love making their own notebooks of their own activities.