Factoid #1: All the darkness in space is not just emptiness. There is all this stuff called dark energy and dark matter. It is all vary confusing and mysterious as you will see in this amazing video (by Joel, 13).
Factoid #2: We had our Back -2- School Benediction and watched the Imax Hubble movie outside with our friends. It shows Orion Nebula and the star nursery with all the baby stars. The wind is blowing so fast it stunts the stars growth (by Nate, 11).
Factoid #3: On benediction night we looked through our rad new telescope and was able to spot the Sea of Tranquility where the rad astronauts landed (by Sam, 9).
Teacher’s Two-Cents: Back-2-School time just isn’t complete without a benediction on our year. This year we gathered with other homeschooling families on the ball-field and circled up to pray over our students and teachers. Our scripture prayer was Deuteronomy 32:1-3,
“Give ear, O heavens, and I will speak, and let the earth hear the words of my mouth. May my teaching drop as the rain, my speech distill as the dew, like gentle rain upon the tender grass, and like showers upon the herb. For I will proclaim the name of the Lord; ascribe greatness to our God.”
We prayed that as teachers, our words would be gentle, nourishing, life giving words. We prayed for our students, our children, that as our teaching fell on them as upon tender grass, that their own hearts would be moldable, pliable and tender to the things of the Lord. And we prayed for our homes that they would be places of proclamation of the name of the Lord and that in all things we would ascribe greatness to our God.
Now, an even better part of Back-2-School time is Hartland’s Homeschool Family Camp which is happening RIGHT NOW! No better way to kick things off than for your whole family to gather in the beautiful Sequoia forest of California’s Sierra Nevadas with tons of other home-schooling families to sit under the Word, worship with the Shaw Family Band, learn from amazing science teachers and participate in the myriad of outdoor activities this camp offers. And moms, the best part for you is that once you’re here, there’s no cooking, no cleaning, no driving and no wifi. Don’t worry if you missed out on this one, there’s another Hartland Homeschool Family Camp in May. See you all there!