Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Dissection 101

I've homeschooled since 1996, this is the first time dissecting has occurred in my home. I avoided it since both Madeleine and James took Biology while living overseas and did virtual labs.
But that changed today as Abigail (our future nurse) dissected a cow's eye; Theresa stayed far away but John was quite interested.

 Cutting away the fat and tissue - she can't ever say that cooking chicken or ground beef is disgusting.

 Peeking through the cornea.

The shimmery inside is the tapetum which humans don't have in their eyes; it helps to see better at night.

From left to right: retina, eye socket (with parts removed), cornea cut in half to look at thickness, iris and the lens.

Stayed tuned... in a few days or weeks, she'll be dissecting a sheep's heart.


Kimberly said...

Very cool!!!

RAnn said...

The things I miss by sending my kids to school....

Renee said...

I managed to miss it with the first two but since this one wants to study Nursing, I figured we had to try dissecting before college

Janette said...

Totally cool! We never got to dissect in school, but my children did. Owl pellets are quiet interesting for those who are leery of eyes and such.