My family just got back from a week+ trip to see Monday’s total solar eclipse. Since we had to drive so far (Arizona to Wyoming), and you never know if Mother Nature will cooperate, we wanted to see some people and places along the way. Then, if for some reason the eclipse was a bust,...Read More
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Imagine immersing yourself in a living history museum dedicated to life during the Colonial period of the United States. Long, long before the musical Hamilton came out, there was Colonial Williamsburg.
In Montessori education, kids use their hands, move their bodies, and engage their minds instead of sitting at a desk trying to stay awake during a lecture.
Summer is both the best and the worst time to get out and look at the night sky. The frigid temperatures of winter are long behind us, but you do have to stay up considerably later for it to be dark. But there are plenty of constellations that are easier to see in the summer, such as Cygnus and Lyra.
Used in education and teaching, Bloom's Taxonomy describes gradually deeper levels of understanding, and can be used in pretty much any subject, including math, science, history, literature, and more.
When I was in school, I learned that there were four oceans: the Atlantic, the Pacific, the Indian, and the Arctic. Now some geography sources talk about the Southern Ocean. Um, what?
This isn't about Daylight Saving Time in general, though I think it has outlived its usefulness. This is about people's misuse of terms surrounding it. We're adults. Can't we agree to educate ourselves to the point where our communication is clear? Huh? Can we? Please?
As I do every spring/summer, I've been up to my elbows planning next year's homeschooling. It's great fun, and I always put a lot of work into it. The more planning I can do during the summer, the smoother our experience during the school year. And since my daughter is beginning 9th grade next year, I'm also looking ahead to the entirety of high school for her.
Ever want to read about Euclidean geometry from the man himself? Euclid's Elements is free online. Obviously out of copyright and all. Being Euclid. Though it's had to be translated into English and such. Regardless, it's available online. For free.
From story time to book clubs to puppet shows to science presentations to art classes to social opportunities for teens to Irish step dance performances to chamber music performances, our library system offers a wide variety of opportunities for learning and socializing. Not to mention the books and other materials on the shelves. And we take advantage of it all.
Last week, I received an unexpected email from a scientist at SETI. Long ago, my vision of the work SETI did involved little green men and radio signals from the sky. But they are actually working on all kinds of research with more immediate results.
Unless you've been living under a rock, if you're in the geek world, you know who Vi Hart is. But just in case you aren't already aware, she's a Geek Math Hero, to me and to the rest of my family. Her videos on hexaflexagons and twelve tone music, among others, have enthralled us and inspired us to dig further into the awesome world of math.
Kurt Vonnegut's rejected master's thesis was on the shapes of storylines.
Imagine, my whole life (as I am 40 years old at present), isolated from the outside world, knowing only five other people, ever.
Platonic solids are well known in the mathematic world. But now some mathematicians are re-evaluating some three-dimensional solids (I know, that's redundant) and believe they belong to a whole new class of solids.
Above is the glorious Saturn V rocket, the one that took men to the moon during the Apollo program, the one that launched Skylab into orbit around the Earth, less than a month after I was born. It was a useful, consumable rocket used from 1966-1973.