Well, I guess you could call this "Part 2 of What you Won't Do for Your Child's Education!" In keeping with our anatomy education this month, I led a cow eye dissection for our homeschool coop this month. I do have to admit that the eyes are a bit disgusting compared to the cow heart and lungs, but in the name of education, I'm sure you all can handle it! After all, if a six year old (along with several other grade school ages) can handle it, I'm sure you can too! We had about 30 kids dissecting these eyes - I'm so proud of them - only one had to go for fresh air! They all just dove in! The title of my post "We'll Keep An Eye Out For You", believe it or not, is actually what the butcher told me when I asked for 12 cow eyes!!!! Har, Har, Har!!! Of course this comment was made to me after I had several questioning stares - after all, what in the world would you want with 12 cow eyes? Here is a fun little video with different clips from the dissection. Listen close to some of the comments - the kids crack me up! Notice my reference above regarding the "dove in" comment - listen for my son's comment about a swimming pool.
Here are some still shots of the kids in action:
The eye - poor Molly Cow is still staring at us! This actually helped the kids see the muscles and fat attached to the eye (gross).
Well, here it goes!
I can't believe my little 7 year old doesn't mind dissecting things like this!!! Here is the lesson - don't limit your kids to what you think is gross or "un-do-able"!
Here is Lexie looking at the retina and optic nerve up close:
These 2 (not my children) are having a great time holding parts - see it's not just my kids that are enjoying this!
Here is a close up of the back of the eye - if you look close you can see the lens in the middle - and the shiny green at the back of the eye. Animals have this reflective coating to help them see at night - we don't have this - this is why animal eyes glow at night when you shine a light on them!