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

Friday’s Factoid Week 7

Our sky looks blue because our atmosphere scatters the blue light waves but Mercury doesn’t have any atmosphere so the sky is always just black even during the day when the sun is out. Also because there is no atmosphere it gets 800 degrees during the day and -290 degrees at night. Also my friend Benji got to see a SpaceX rocket launch and his mom took this picture (Sam, 9).

Mercury is the fastest planet in our solar system. It goes around the sun 4 times faster than the earth so a year on Mercury is 88 Earth days. But Mercury rotates really slow so a day on Mercury lasts for 59 Earth days. I wrote about Mercury on our blog when I was 7 but I don’t think I knew what I was talking about (Joel, 13).

Here’s that Friday Flashback Joel was talking about and another really yummy one just for fun!