Saturday, April 25, 2015

Evolution Board Game

You can decide for yourself how/where you might want to work this in to your homeschool curriculum; I am leaning towards 8th Grade Physiology.

Kickstarter is a crowdfunding platform for creative projects. Very interesting site to browse! My mother discovered this game, which was fully funded, and it looks stunning.

    "Evolution is the first board game to mimic how evolution actually works, not as a proactive progression along a technology tree, but as a flux with ebbs and flows to which players must continually adapt. Each species' success depends on how its traits interact with the changing environment, but no trait is unconditionally better than the others. It was originally designed by a Russian biologist to demonstrate scientific principles and later developed by prominent game designers as a labor of love.

    "Evolution and the Flight expansion features original watercolors by Catherine Hamilton. Catherine graduated from the Department of Illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in 1991 and taught as a RISD professor between 1997 and 2003. She was featured in the 2012 HBO documentary "Birders: the Central Park Effect" and has developed a body of work that crosses the boundaries between artistic and scientific investigation."

Picture books that would be a good fit for this topic are The Tree of Life: A Book Depicting the Life of Charles Darwin - Naturalist, Geologist & Thinkerby Peter Sis and Galapagos Georgeby Jean Craighead George.

Life here is in Getting Ready for Baby Honeydew Melon mode. Researching cloth diapers at Mom's Milk Boutique and gathering ingredients for lactation cookie recipes... joining baby wearing groups and attending our childbirth class... organizing the baby's side of our bedroom... and I just had my baby shower on Tuesday!

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