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Friday’s Factoid 4 (by Titus and Joel)

We are learning about the sun and tried to do some real science experiments but there has been lots of clouds and also Sam drank one of our control cups of water and spilled the egg we were cooking so those experiments didn’t work. We have a new pet duck and we got to burn one of his feathers with a magnifying glass. That was fun (by Joel,7).

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We also learned about thermonuclear fusion which are little explosions inside the sun
that make it burn. The sun is getting brighter and hotter. If the sun was really billions of years old then a long time ago it would not have been able to burn a feather or cook an egg or make plants grow or keep us warm (by Titus,8).

Teacher’s Two-Cents (by Mom)
So the solar science experiment kit I picked up at a garage sale was a bit of a disappointment. It was pretty chinsy to begin with but a series of cloudy days and an overly curious pre-schooler didn’t help. Just a heads up, I payed under a buck for the unopened kit but found the same thing on-line for $15-$25. Total rip-off. The same experiments can be performed with any-old thermometer, magnifying glass, and roll of tinfoil. Oh, and if you want to know more about the whole thermonuclear fusion thing and how it provides evidence for a young earth and solar system click on this article from ICR. 429

Friday’s Factoid 3 (by Titus and Joel)

This week we learned about the sun and other giant stars like Betelgeuse which is twice the size of the Earth’s orbit around the sun. But the biggest star they’ve found is the Big Dog star. Canis Majoris is 7 quadrillion times bigger then earth. Last night Mom woke me up and we went out by the ocean where we could see millions of stars. Jupiter was shining very bright and we saw 4 of the giant stars around it. We saw Betelgeuse, Rigel, Sirius and Aldebaran. This video shows how big some of the stars are. by Titus

All of these stars make noises but we can’t hear them because sound doesn’t travel in space. But God can hear them. You can listen, too, on this video. by Joel

Teacher’s Two-Cents (by Mom)
How cool that our hymn this week mentioned the song of the stars!
“Forever singing as they shine, ‘The hand that made us is divine!”
I’ve added a new page to the top of the site called “Hooray for Hymns.” I’ve requested folks to add their own favorite hymns to the list we started by leaving a comment. Let’s join in the celestial chorus of praise to our Lord!