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 →

Have you ever rubbed a balloon on your head and watched the hair stand up? Have you ever tried to bend water? Did you know that you can turn on a light without flipping the switch? The secret is in the static. Static Electricity! Electricity is all around us. We can see it as lightning in the sky, and we can use it as we power the many electrical devices in our homes. It is even present in our own bodies as the neurons in our brains fire off electrical impulses, resulting in the messages that cause our muscles to move. Electricity is the physicalRead More →

As spring peaks and summer closes in on the Phoenix valley, Kat and I are taking stock of the flowers we have in our garden before the heat causes them to wither away. Spending time with our flowers and vegetables is a wonderful way to start our day. In fact, we’re still seeing new flowers on our tomato plants, and we’re watching some of our herbs flower as well (hopefully we’ll be able to collect some seeds this year!). As we spend as much time outside as possible before the heat sets in, Kat and I have had many discussions about our garden, how theRead 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 →

We’re going to find the best bubble recipes, and a really easy way to explain surface tension! What better way is there to learn about surface tension and water molecules than by playing with bubbles? Kat and I have been having a lot of fun exploring the different ways that liquids interact with each other, and the reactions that can take place. This time, we decided to explore surface tension by learning about how bubbles work! Even better, we’ve taken our lesson to the park and have invited the other kids to come along and learn with us!Read More →

Last week, my daughter began working with maps. We printed out a ton of worksheets that went over the concepts of directions, map keys, and using pictures to represent places. We drew maps of our house, of our bedrooms, and we put things in the wrong areas to try to trick each other. Throughout the day, directions were a main focus. If we drove to the store, we would call out directions as we went. While we were walking to the park, we would talk about the directions we were going as we walked. After spending all day learning about directions, maps, and how theyRead More →

Being a mom sometimes means that you have to put aside your fears and investigate the things that make you squeamish. Last year my daughter became fascinated with insects. In our Arizona summer, we would find a new insect in our pool every morning. At some point during the night, they may have come to get a drink of water, and instead had fallen in and drowned. Kat wanted to know what they were, she wanted to hold them, and she wanted to keep them. Fortunately, I had several extra Petri dishes on hand, and from there, we began a journey into collection and discovery.Read More →

My daughter and I spend a lot of time outdoors. We built our own composting bin, we have a vegetable garden and a flower garden, and a lot of our scientific studies revolve around the life that happens all around us. We’re big fans of this planet that we’re on, and we’re often trying to think of ways we can help it. Last week, Kat and I were returning from a trip to the park, when she saw someone reach their hand out of their car and drop a cup out of the window. As the cup bounced along the street, Kat pointed at themRead More →

Looking for a fun activity to do this summer?  Make cutout characters from a favorite book! My daughter loves the books of Beatrix Potter. A particular favorite of hers is “The Tale of Tom Kitten”. Today, we decided to make poster board cutouts of the kittens, and act out the story in our garden! First, we read the story. Then we took a large piece of poster board my daughter divided it into four equal parts. We looked carefully at the pictures, looking at the various shapes we could see (for example, the head is made up of circles and triangles), while paying close attention toRead More →