October 22, 2011

One Little Spark

This is a pretty amazing video of a whale decomposition done with paper cut-outs and puppets that we got from our homeschool loop.  It has sparked some great conversations with the kids on life and death.  The girls asked to see something real decompose, so we watched the video of the baby pig (it's pretty graphic, click with care.)  Robotson was pretty intrigued with it some years ago.

Whale Fall (after life of a whale) from Sharon Shattuck on Vimeo.

We also talked about the possibility of living forever and where we came from.  What happens to our bodies after we die, and what choices we have in the matter.  I am always impressed by how well my children take the idea of death.  They get sad to think about their loved ones being gone of course, but they don't seem frightened of death and the unknown.  The girls are now watching Nova scienceNow with Neil deGrasse Tyson on Where Did We Come From?  Which in turn sparks more and more questions.  This is fun!

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