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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Friday photo


{Earth day giveaway winner will be announced Friday evening.}

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Biosphere Update

Day 76

Day 76
 Our microbe biosphere has continued to remain undisturbed and has shown some more changes.  The black top layer has gotten much thicker and chunky.  The second photo is a truer representation of the color of the dirt--it started out red like clay, and it has now taken on a yellowish/tan color. There seem to be more black spots throughout and some cracks or fissures throughout the dirt.  If you look closely just under the lid of the jar and to the right, there is some bright yellowish/orange growth on the surface of the water that goes almost entirely around the surface (at lease 3/4 around the jar.)  When you shine a light directly on it, it almost takes on a neon color, and it looks like it has tiny fine threads flowing in it, like spider-webs.  The level of the water appears higher, and I'm concerned that it will reach the lid.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

I love educator's week!

It's Educator's week at Barnes & Noble.  I love Educator's week, especially when it involves shopping at Barnes & Noble!  Did you know that home-educators can get the same discounts at Barnes & Noble as employed-outside-the-home-educators?  During Educator's week, the discount is 25% off everything.  They also have a table set up with resources to accompany book studies, and I picked up a cool Fly Guy poster and two resource booklets to accompany The 39 Clues.  I was good, and only spent $23--here's what I got:

Something for math

Something for independent reading

Something to color with

A new read-aloud

Something for nature study

And something to create with.

Monday, April 11, 2011

What we've been reading

The Lighthouse Family series of books by Chynthia Rylant are wonderful for emergent readers to read on their own, but they also make great read-alouds.  These beautifully written books explore unlikely friendships on an island with a lighthouse kept by Pandora the cat.  She, along with Seabold the dog, are foster parents to three young mice.  They all have encounters with different animal friends, including a whale, a cormorant, an eagle, and more.  There are two other books in the series which we have not gotten to yet.  My favorite thing about these books is how Cynthia Rylant incorporates nature into the stories.  After reading about the different animals and ocean and forest wonders, we have pulled out our field guides and Handbook of Nature Study to explore them further.  These books will definetely be read again and again in our house.