Have you ever wanted to play with electronics, but weren’t sure how they worked? Have you wanted to introduce squishy circuits, snap circuits, robotics, and circuit building to your kids but weren’t sure how to start? Are your kids interested in the maker spaces that are sweeping the nation, enticing kids to embrace inventiveness and creativity and MAKE things?Read More →

What happens when you put your recycling into the big blue bin? After the city trucks collect it, where does it go? My daughter asked me this as we took our recycling out for the weekly pickup. While I didn’t know the answer to her questions, I did know who would – the Public Works Department of Phoenix! I called the North Gateway Transfer Station and arranged a tour of their recycling facility! We were actually going to take a tour of a recycling center to see where our trash goes! This was awesome! Boy, it sure was going to be hard to wait forRead More →

Kat and I LOVE the Arizona Science Center. We’ve been members for over three years, and for much of that time, we’ve been making weekly trips to what we affectionately call our second home. Their planetarium shows are wonderful, the exhibits are spectacular (check out their physics room and Forces of Nature!) and the staff is friendly, fun, and exceptional at bringing the excitement of science to kids of all ages! What makes the science center extra special for us, is that they offer incredible science classes and labs for homeschooling families here in the Phoenix area!Read More →

Ever since she was old enough to chase them, Kat has loved birds. Her fondness for them began when she was a toddler, running on unsteady legs toward a flock of pigeons in a grassy courtyard. She would break into a fit of giggles as they took off in startled flight all around her. We spent a lot of time outside, looking for birds nests and egg shells. When we caught sight of the birds rummaging around in the courtyard, we were charmed as they looked for food and territory within the hierarchy of their little bird societies.Read 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 →

Raising kids with a “can do!” attitude… Ever since Kat could walk, we’ve been getting our hands dirty. We build, we dig, we collect, and we examine. We try to see problems as challenges and questions tend to invite ideas and quests to find answers. Of course, we all have our strengths and weaknesses, but we’re always seeking to build our skills and improve our outlooks. I’ve wanted Kat to grow up feeling empowered, capable, and confident. So far, she has had little trouble powering through and looking for the next fun thing.Read More →

October is the month for all things related to Halloween and Kat and I have begun decorating our house in full festive fashion! While we were cutting out bat silhouettes to line our spooky hallway, we began talking about the animals themselves. We knew the basics: they are mammals, they fly, and they use sonar to find their food. Beyond that, we didn’t really know much about them. So, for the next two weeks, we learned a lot about bats, played batty games, and even went to a local bat colony! Bats are really quite fascinating. We’ve all heard the phrase “blind as a bat”,Read More →

We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children. ~Native American Proverb  Kat and I love nature projects. Whether we’re gardening, composting, collecting insects, or watching birds, we love to sit and enjoy the wonderful diversity that our planet has to offer. For this reason, Earth Day is one of our favorite holidays. Last summer, we made some really great “Do Not Litter” signs and hung them up in our neighborhood. Not only was this a fun and creative project, but it actually got our community involved in taking care of our neighborhood! The manager of our local teachingRead More →

When Kat was four years old, I took her on a scavenger hunt for shapes. We took the bus to the light rail station, and then took the light rail to downtown Phoenix to embark on our quest. We found shapes in the most surprising places! It was an exciting way to explore a familiar concept of shapes with my preschooler, and have a different sort of adventure with her.Read More →