Big, Giant Love and the Theatrics and Science to Make it Happen

  Yesterday, after completing Tax Season, and being home again, I was able to finally put into place our new Eat Art feature. Ben and I figured it out on one of our recent walks. We decided on the following schedule for feeding ourselves a rich diet of Art. Monday – Murals Tuesday – The Universe Wednesday – Wonders of the World Thursday – Theater … Continue reading Big, Giant Love and the Theatrics and Science to Make it Happen

Freakiest Science Day Ever – My Hairs Won’t Stop Standing on End

To preface, let me say that some people will be offended by this. Others will be horrified. I was horrified, to be honest. I could barely watch. I got up and started folding laundry, but Ben watched intently through the whole first and second videos. But first, a little background. Ben has been building werewolves lately. In fact, he spent a solid ten hours on … Continue reading Freakiest Science Day Ever – My Hairs Won’t Stop Standing on End

Real Quick – Let’s Explode Something!

Thursday night, my new lab coat arrived, all crisp and white, with pockets. Scott called to tell me I had a package at the house, so on the way home, I picked up this mess of things! We watched the Mythbusters video explaining what is happening and why Mentos shoots like a rocket of foam out of a bottle of Diet Coke. Then we ran … Continue reading Real Quick – Let’s Explode Something!

Practice, Routine, Habit, Skill, Discovery, Invention

The other day, I quoted something about the literati during the time between the two world wars. My dad commented that the revolutionaries used to be educated, and that it didn’t seem like that anymore. My first response was that we have more free time than ever before, and yet, we see that (primarily, as a Nation) as leisure time, time for television, time for … Continue reading Practice, Routine, Habit, Skill, Discovery, Invention

Gratitude and Lab Coats and Miniature Explosions

It dawned on me recently that I have really been slacking off when it comes to Science Night. We’ve watched a few YouTube videos of the science of flight, or time lapse photography of plants growing. We’ve done little things. But, where’s the adventure? Where are the explosions and loud noises? Clearly, these boys are old enough to start doing some serious experiments. All of … Continue reading Gratitude and Lab Coats and Miniature Explosions

Would we have been Friends if we’d Met when we were Kids?

In a radio interview with movie director Robert Zemeckis, I learned about the origin of the movie, Back to the Future. Robert and his writing buddy were talking about their fathers, and their relationships with their fathers, and wondering if they had met their dads when they were kids, if they would have been friends. That was the seed, he said, from which sprouted the idea … Continue reading Would we have been Friends if we’d Met when we were Kids?

Nearing the Outer Reaches of any Semblance of the Known World

Nearing the very edge of space, the outer reaches of our galaxy, is NASA’s Voyager 1 – coming close to the Magnetic Highway, the point at which the direction of the push of the wind from the strength of our sun finally fades, and the wind from the stars pushes back. In a radio interview, Ed Stone, the chief scientist of the Voyager mission described … Continue reading Nearing the Outer Reaches of any Semblance of the Known World

Science and Laughter in the Midst of Bathroom Humor

We ended up talking a lot about Cause and Effect at dinner tonight, because we’ve been having a hard time getting the boys to do what they’re told. And all this time, we are doing super cool things. Scott has been working on Bean’s mini-bike with him… the parts just came in this week, and they were putting it all together. I’ve been doing pretty … Continue reading Science and Laughter in the Midst of Bathroom Humor

Random Educational Exploits and The Tallest Building in the World

We pulled out the book, “What Your 3rd Grader Needs to Know” again last night to work on some Math. Somehow, reading Narnia before bed has taken precedence in last week or so over Random Educational Exploits. I say we get random, because, we always start with a certain part of the book that is talking about a specific thing we should know, and one thing leads … Continue reading Random Educational Exploits and The Tallest Building in the World

Classify, don’t Stereotype – Sort, don’t Judge

Over dinner we got into a big discussion of not judging a book by its cover.  We talked about the people we met at the Art Gallery, who were disabled, and how some people would look at them and think that their life is difficult, and they wouldn’t take the time to get to know what is inside that person. We don’t want to look … Continue reading Classify, don’t Stereotype – Sort, don’t Judge

Animated History of Flight

For History night, we watched this amazing animated video of The History of Flight. It is a short video, but with our download speed, it took a bit of time to get all the way through it. Hmmm. After last Friday’s look at what it takes to fly, Ben came up with the following plans to build himself wings. Luckily, he is thinking about safety, … Continue reading Animated History of Flight