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    Recent Creativity In Our Home

      Princess has been totally engaged lately in teaching herself how to draw. We’ve been completely impressed and surprised to see what previously unknown talent she has.   How to Draw books abound on our shelves, so she has plenty of instruction.   Note the detail, the leg line, the eye expression! Princesses of course are a popular theme to draw:)   Michelangelo has been captivated by creating K’nex models.     No surprise really as his mind is wired this way, we call him when we need to ‘think outside the box’, to solve a design problem, to create a new invention.   Apparently we are lacking sufficient yellow’…

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    Kindling & Fanning Scientific Minds

    The well known quote “education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire”, encapsulates our educational philosophy, a less erudite phrase that also sums up our approach is, “there is more than one way to skin a cat.” These two phrases shine forth quite strongly in our approach to understanding and learning about scientific matters. Our science journey begins in the early years by encouraging exploration of the world around us.  Living in the bush our lifestyle naturally lends itself to plenty of nature study opportunities,  we combine this with the reading of many living books as well as books from our DK collection.  A well written living book is…

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    Supporting Our Scientist

    This month’s carnival is hosted by Lapaz Home Learning and I’m chatting about: Science in High School…. All of our children have been interested in science to varying degrees but for the purpose of this carnival I wish to share in particular the journey of our son, Einstein.  He is our first to plan on making a career in the science field.  During the last few weeks not only have we been focused on Carpenter and our last minute dash to enrol him in College, simultaneously we have been researching and discerning what steps are needed to support Einstein in his journey as a scientist. Einstein desires to attend one of the leading science universities…

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    Computer Triage

    When discussing with our teens what direction they wished to take with Science this term they were keen on studying and pulling apart small motors.  Then the idea of dismantling computers  was raised. Contacting a friend they were excited to discover the R family had 5 computers not functioning which they were welcome to have. Ideally it was hoped they could salvage at least 2 for the R family. A triage was formed,  computers were gutted and parts moved around.  Computer lingo began being bandied about; PC, DDR and DDR2 rams, LED fans, motherboards, hardrives, graphic cards, megabytes, gigabytes, kilobytes,  terrabytes, CPU chips all became common words in our family…

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    Questacon Science Fun Play

    As promised some photos from the Fun Play. It was very well organised. When we arrived Questacon representatives read Pamela Allen’s ‘Who Sank the Boat.’ Then they led the children in a discussion of flotation and displacement, in an age appropriate manner of course, in conjunction with an experiment. All week my children have been re-enacting with plasticine boats and gemstones. Even the bigger children have joined in the act, taking 75 gemstones before their boats sink. After the discussion the children were free to interact with the science centers set up. There were feathers in sauce bottles that held Jack Jack attention for a long time. He also loved…

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    Term in Review – ‘Triffic Thursday

    This term we delved a little into Space, truly it is such a vast topic. The best books we found on the topic were by Seymour Simon. The information is fascinating and informative and the layout with eyecatching pictures makes his books an enjoyable read. The Stars The Sun and Destination: Jupiter gave us our introduction. For studying the moon we read So That’s How the Moon Changes Shape!- Allan Fowler for the little ones and picture books The Sea of Tranquility by Mark Haddon and I Wish I’d Gone to the Moon with Neil Armstrong- Leonie Young. Along with these we used Dinah Zikes’s Great Science Adventure, The World…