Homeschool Day at The Wild Center

This past May, The Wild Center in Tupper Lake, NY opened its doors to homeschoolers. Thanks to a generous grand from The Landon Family Foundation, homeschool students and their families were able to take advantage of free admission.

Below are some of pictures from our homeschool field trip day. One of the many perks of being a homeschool family is taking a day off from the books every now and then and enjoying the beautiful place that we call home.

indoors at the wild center

Indoors at the Center there is plenty to keep the entire family busy for most of the day. From encounters with live animals to a full theater to exhibits of fish, turtles, and other animal and plant species. There is also a small cafe and a gift shop.

outdoors at the wild center

Outdoors there are trails through the forest, a winding river, a pond, and the Wild Walk. You can walk among the treetops and take a picture in a giant sized eagle’s nest while seeing the Adirondacks from a birds-eye view.

books to share before heading out on your adventure

And, for our family, life isn’t complete without a book recommendation or two!

Some of our favorite books to read before heading out and enjoying nature are listed below. As always, picture books aren’t just for little ones! My older kids enjoy listening as well. I just can’t let them KNOW that I know they are liking them!

(All links are Amazon aff. links)

You almost certainly will get to see turtles on your visit to the Wild Center.
Kate Messner is a family favorite author We love her Ranger in Time series. Over and Under the Pond is another great book of hers.
A 2018 Caldecott Honor Book that Kirkus Reviews calls “a must-read for our times,” A Different Pond is an unforgettable story about a simple event – a long-ago fishing trip.
Teaching
valuable lessons about animals, nature and the environment, the stories feature favorite Burgess characters.
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Exploring Creation with Physical Science Module #2

Humidity – The moisture content of air

Absolute Humidity – The mass of water vapor contained in a ceratin volume of air

Relative Humidity – The ratio of the mass of water vapor in the air at a given temperature to the maximum mass of water vapor the air could hold at that temperature, expressed as a percentage

Greenhouse Effect – The process by which certain gases (principally water vapor, carbon dioxide, and methane) trap heat that radiates from earth

Lyrics:

What does the glass of a greenhouse do?
It lets the short solar rays pass through.
The objects in the house absorb these rays
And re-radiate them as long heat rays.
What does the glass of a greenhouse do?
It doesn’t let the long heat rays pass through.
Trapped by the glass they bounce back and forth,
Re-radiated and re-absorbed.
Stay! Stay, you long heat rays!
Warm up the house on cold, cold days!
Stay! Stay, you long heat rays!
Warm up the house on cold, cold days!
The atmosphere is like a greenhouse, too.
It lets most of the solar rays through.
The surface of the Earth absorbs these rays
And re-radiates them as long heat rays.
There’s vapor in the air, what does it do?
It doesn’t let the long heat rays pass through.
Trapped by the vapor, they bounce back and forth
Re-radiated and re-absorbed.
Stay! Stay, you long heat rays!
Warm up the house on cold, cold days!
Stay! Stay, you long heat rays!
Warm up the Earth on cold, cold days!
Lyrics by Hy Zaret
Music by Lou Singer
Sung by Tom Glazer and The Weathervanes

fish eye photography of gardens
Photo by icon0.com on Pexels.com

Global warming = the concentration of carbon dioxide (and other greenhouse gases) being so great that the greenhouse effect would warm the earth up too much, causes problems with the ecological balance. 

Global Warming???

What is Ozone? A molecule composed of three oxygen atoms. It is an AMAZING filter!

Ozone: Good up high, bad nearby.

— US EPA

The Lonely Homeschooler

Have you ever wondered if you are causing your children to be forever lonely by homeschooling them? While some siblings get along just great, others seem to be the lone sheep in the family, constantly searching for a companion. A ‘bosom friend’ as Anne Shirley would say.

This article by Melody Lyons was shared to me by a good friend.

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A siblings ‘girls night’. Painting nails, face masks, hair styles, food and a movie.

In it she addresses every mother’s concern for her children. She affirms what I have been thinking for the past few years, ever since we pulled all of our children from our private Catholic Schools.

Melody begins with:

This article is written primarily for homeschooling parents who wonder if their kids will ever find true, Christ-centered friendships with someone of similar age… and also for those parents who avoid homeschooling because they are afraid for the same reasons. I will spoil the ending for you in this first paragraph but then you still have to read the rest of the post. The answer to your question is: Likely, but not certainly.” >>more…

This is well worth the read and I would love to know your thoughts. Either comment here or head over to my Facebook page.

~ Have a simply happy homeschool day!

How to Stretch Your Paycheck

Some thoughts from our Credit Union on how to stretch your paycheck.

paycheck.jpgPaying off debt is never fun, but extremely necessary. And in order to be successful at it, you will have to pay above the minimum payments. But what if you don’t have the extra cash to be able to do this? Check out these simple tips which will allow you to find new money in your same old paycheck, helping you to get ahead on your bills!

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Discounted Prime for EBT card holders

This Prime Discounted Monthly Offering may help several homeschoolers who use EBT cards.

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Crazy Hair Homeschool Morning

We use Amazon Prime for educational movies, free shipping on books we need and also music. One of my most treasured subscriptions. While we aren’t EBT card holders, I appreciate that Amazon offers this for people who are struggling to make ends meet.

We are currently studying World War I and there are several documentaries available for free with Amazon Prime that we are using for our school curriculum. I will also order school supplies and not worry about the cost of shipping.

 

There is the  30-Day Free Trial or the Prime Discounted Monthly Offering for EBT card holders. And also Kindle Unlimited (which is another favorite!)