Posted in Field Trips and Activities

Off Like A Herd Of Turtles

We always start our first day of school with THE FIRST DAY OF EVERYTHING!

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We are off to a pretty slow start this year.  Maybe we’re all just a little worn out from Gideon’s epic “Down By The Creekbank” Birthday celebration.  Am I the only one who remembers “The Creekbank Kids?”  No one around here seemed to get my theme.

 

What could be more fun than wiggly worms, tiny tree frogs, and big ol’ toads?

Except for maybe cupcakes with gummy frogs on top?

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Or even better yet, a turtle piñata full of sour worms, gold fish crackers, gummy bears and DumDums? Pretty sure I got the whole food chain in there.  Why is it so fun to look at pictures of poor little blind folded children desperately swinging a stick at the air.

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I’d like to say that we really are going to buckle down this week and get serious about school but unfortunately we only have more fun in store around here.  Homeschool Family Camp starts this Thursday!  If you’ve never experienced the thrill that is Hartland Homeschool Family Camp you are seriously missing out.  You can learn more about it by clicking here.

And finally, did you know that 6 years ago today we were starting our school year off on the Big Island of Hawaii studying birds?  Well, it’s that time again.  We’ve gone through all the days of creation and have arrived back at the flying and swimming creatures of the fifth day.  So we’re resurrecting our old “Winged Wisdom” blog and have given it a new name: “Of Skies and Seas.”  You can follow us on over there by clicking here.  Happy Back-to-School everyone!

Posted in 2018/19 Friday Factoids, Xtra Astronomy Stuff

Friday Factoid Week 30

Hartland Homeschool Family Camp Recap

We learned how back then the space ships had these tanks and they were  as big as the space shuttle.  Dr. Ortner dropped a match into a tank and it ignited really big and then came out the top.  We learned how to make rockets and I invented my own rocket (by Gideon, age 5).

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For Homeschool Family Camp the science teacher was Dr. Ortner.  We made rockets and learned about the gas in rockets and he lit some on fire.  He is also the Million Volt Man and he sent a million volts of electricity through his body and lightning was coming out of his fingers.  He was holding a board and it lit on fire (by Sam, age 10).

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Dr. Ortner, also known as the Million Volt Man, was going to shock himself with a million volts and before he did he showed us what the electricity looked like before he stood on the coil and it was shooting lightening everywhere.  There was also a ventriloquist and he is the best in the world.  He does really funny shows.  Mr. Griffin was the speaker and he was really into the Word.  I can’t wait till next homeschool family camp (by Nathan, age 12).

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Homeschool Family Camp is really cool.  I would recommend it to every homeschooling family. One of my favorite parts was science class. They were great this year.  One of the many things I learned from Dr. Ortner was about heavy water which they use for the Star in the Jar experiment.  Here is a link to a video about sonoluminescence. (by Joel, age 13).

We recently saw a science demonstration about electrical and sound frequency.  It was interesting to learn about how scientists and even natural forces can produce the perfect frequency of sound or energy to tap into a substance’s or element’s natural pitch of resonance and cause the substance to vibrate in resonance to the sound or energy wave produced. We were able to witness a demonstration of this interesting effect when an ordinary water glass was subjected to a sound wave which caused the glass to tremor and eventually shatter. It will be interesting to see how further knowledge of this unique and useful scientific property will be used in the future (by Titus, age 15).

 

 

Posted in 2018/19 Friday Factoids

Friday Factoid Week 29

Hey Homeschoolers!  Don’t you know Hartland’s Homeschool Family Camp starts this Monday?!?!  Why haven’t you signed up yet?  What could be a better way to end the school year than together as a family worshipping the Creator, spending time in God’s word, attending creation-based science classes, engaging in countless outdoor activities in a beautiful mountain setting, enjoying meals around the table with other homeschooling families and not having to prepare or clean up after any of it?!?!  If you can’t make it this spring, we offer the same camp in the fall.  Just go to hartlandcamp.com for the details. And do I need to remind you that Mother’s Day is this Sunday and wouldn’t she just love a week away from all her household duties?

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Now, for you astronomy lovers, we’ve been studying space travel again so I’m posting this flashback from 6 years ago.  Also, while we were visiting Opa this week, we saw the first episode in a Netflix series called One Strange Rock by National Geographic.  In it 8 astronauts share their unique perspective on earth from space and then explore some aspect of the earth’s amazingly complex systems and how space exploration has aided us in discovering, observing or understanding it better.  It is spell binding!  You can’t walk away from it without praising our Creator for His amazing design.  Unless you’re actually involved in the movie.  Then, of course, you have to be careful to give all the credit to chance.