This week saw the much-anticipated publication of my Number One new release, Pop Sizzle Boom! 101 Experiments for the Mad Scientist in Every Kid! Covering everything from Biology, Chemistry, Ecology, Astronomy, Physics, Engineering, Magnetism, Electricity, Zoology, and more, this book is geared toward kids who want to head out into the world, follow their curiosity, and experiment their way to thrilling discoveries of how the world works! Kids have already been diving into this book, experimenting their way through a whole new world with curiosity, creativity, and scientific exploration! We took over ten years of our favorite experiments, projects, and ways to explore the world, and putRead More →

We’re always looking for ways to add some fun into our learning. So, when we were making gingerbread cookies over the holidays, I thought, why not incorporate some geography into our cookie baking, and a little bit of climate science while we’re at it? Thus, the idea of cookie continents in milk oceans was born! Katie would map out the continents on our cookie dough and cut it out, and then she would put them in their proper place in the world! We would also map where some of her favorite countries are located on our gingerbread continents! We could talk about how the continentsRead More →

Earlier this year, Kat and I decided to learn about the geology of Arizona. We would visit various sites of geological interest and culminate our lesson with a trip to the Grand Canyon! This trip came to us a lot sooner than we had expected, however when a friend presented us with a golden opportunity. Her uncle is an astronomer who was going to be attending the annual Grand Canyon star party. She was going camping with him for the weekend and invited us to join them!Read More →

Kat and I have been spending quite a lot of time outside lately, examining and collecting rocks. We’re captivated by the glittering greens, deep reds, and dramatic blacks that we see all around us. The type of rock that has most captivated Kat however, is the sparkling white of the Quartz Crystal. When she was 4 years old, she would go on collecting expeditions with her friends, amassing large piles of the white rocks. As she’s grown older, she’s used them to create land art, or line her garden. It came as no surprise to me that when we were contemplating our next week ofRead More →

A couple of weeks ago, Kat and I began our big geology project. We learned a lot about the geological history of Arizona and even took our lessons to the field! While examining the outcrops around us, we talked a lot about the layers of the Earth and plate tectonics. We talked about how layers of the crust may have been thrust upwards as plates moved into each other (uplift) and how some layers would sink under others as they moved lower to the mantle (subduction). However, as I was explaining these concepts to my daughter, I realized that she would have a much easierRead More →

“Rocks are records of events that took place at the time they formed. They are books. They have a different vocabulary, a different alphabet, but you learn how to read them.” -John McPhee A few weeks ago, Kat and I decided that we would take on a new project and learn about the geology of Arizona. We would learn about how the land was formed, the various changes it has gone through over the billions of years since its formation, and then visit various sites in the valley to look for geological evidence in the rocks. As we began planning the first part of ourRead More →