Engineering At Home

Sometimes, no matter how old your kids are, a great time ensues from something as simple as cardboard blocks. And sometimes science requires nothing more than a pile of stuffed animals and two containers of ten year old, well-worn, cardboard blocks. The other day, my usually precocious tweeny kids were …

Fresh Peaches and Bacon (Francis)

This morning we began the first day of the new school year. New things abounded. New markers, a new visit from a big brother, new lesson schedule, and a pile of new peaches from a neighbor (currently headed to a date with a pie shell). With all the newness of …

Free Science Lesson in Rocketry

The people at Supercharged Science are offering a free science lesson to be given in August to anyone who signs up at the link: http://www.superchargedscience.com/opt/free-teleclass-opt I have no experience with this group, but it looks very interesting and I like what Aurora says about science and teaching and homeschooling in …

Take Your Kids Out And Look Up

Summer is a wonderful time for nature studies and sky-watching. Last night we were outside with the neighbors watching Venus and Jupiter (pictured to the right). We talked about what the ancients must have thought when confronted by a view of planets that appear so close you can almost see …

Oceans and Zoboomafoo

When my kids were little they loved Zoboomafoo and the Kratt Brothers. They still love anything related to Zoology and this week we began re-watching (for the umpteenth time) a National Geographic series that the Kratt Brothers did called “Be The Creature“. It is absolutely fantastic and worth hunting down …

Live View of NASA Flying Saucer

Ok, the science geek in me is really, really excited. The same kind of excited I used to be as a kid the night before a field trip to the Steinhart Aquarium (I was certain I would grow up to be a marine biologist when I was ten). Tomorrow NASA …

Learning Science through Fiction

A few years ago, I read my kids a fun little story book called “Logic to the Rescue” by Kris Langman. In addition to learning the fundamental principles behind logic and chemistry and propagation of errors, my kids really enjoyed the fantastical adventure of the heroine a creative and new …