Friday, November 22, 2013
Earlier this week, we shared what we thought about The Exploratorium's newest book, Exploralab. We absolutely loved this book and how it encouraged the exploration of science as it actually occurs in our daily lives! Kids are invited to explore their yards, the sky, the closets, and their homes and schools as they find cool things to try everywhere!
Sunday, November 17, 2013
In our house, we have a really great collection of science books, with everything from the Eyewitness books, to various encyclopedias and field guides. The Exploratorium of San Francisco just sent us a copy of their newest book Exploralab to add to our collection and it is fantastic! Not only is it fun to read, but my daughter has adopted it as her own personal science activity book! Whenever she sees it, she flips through the pages and runs off to try some new activity or science experiment.
Image courtesy of Weldon Owen Publishing
Thursday, November 7, 2013
|It's Fall here in Arizona!|
Photo taken at the Boyce Thompson Arboretum
Printed with permission: Kimberly Hosey of Arizona Writer
As the days start to cool down here in the desert, we celebrate the beginning of Fall by taking daily walks around the neighborhood. We look forward to watching the beautiful colors sweep through the trees and we collect bits of nature to make our Fall collages. This year, we wanted to try something new. We wanted to learn more about Fall and how it happens. Why do the leaves change color? What makes Fall so brilliant and beautiful?
It all starts with Chlorophyll! Chlorophyll is the stuff that helps plants make food and makes leaves green. It absorbs energy from sunlight and Carbon Dioxide from the atmosphere and uses it to make carbohydrates (like sugar!) to feed the plants. The leaves then release waste energy in the form of Oxygen. We know this process as photosynthesis! (There's even a catchy song about it, by They Might Be Giants!)
Friday, November 1, 2013
"It's STEVE SPANGLER TIME!!!"