Tag: Hawaii

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!

Friday Factoid Week 28

It’s been a while since we’ve posted any flashbacks from our Hawaiian homeschool.  Since we’re almost to the end of our school year, and thus our blog, I’m going to throw a bunch your way now.  You can start by clicking here with my token post on homeschool socialization or here to read about snorkeling under the stars or here and here for some delicious celestial snack ideas. Only 3 more weeks to go folks!  Summer’s coming fast!

Friday Factoid Week 23

First, to get a little back story on the rather sensitive nature of this week’s astronomy lesson, click here for a link to our Hawaiian homeschool 6 years ago.

Abraham Lincoln once said that just because you call a sheep’s tail a leg that doesn’t mean the sheep has 5 legs.  Even though many astronomers say Pluto doesn’t fit their newly revised definition of a planet doesn’t mean it isn’t one.  I think Pluto should still be considered the 9th planet because it does fit the requirements of a planet.  It orbits the sun, has 5 moons, and is round.  Actually it is sometimes the 8th planet, not the 9th, because its orbit brings it closer to the sun than Neptune at some points.  Even members of Nasa’s New Horizons team which flew by Pluto in 2015 think it should reclassified.  They discovered mountains on Pluto as high as 11,00 feet and other features indicating geological change and complexity.  Our classification systems have proven to be faulty in the past and maybe Pluto is an example of that (by Titus, age 15).

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