Happy birthday to my daughter and my best friend.
Happy birthday to my daughter and my best friend.
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
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.
What is Ozone? A molecule composed of three oxygen atoms. It is an AMAZING filter!
Ozone: Good up high, bad nearby.
— US EPA
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This week during our study of our Solar System we are learning about Mercury. We are currently using Homeschool Connections recorded courses with the middle school aged children as a group. The younger ones join in for the class and color pages or just sit quietly. I’m sure they are learning as much as their minds can comprehend just by observing the older children.
The way our day usually progresses begins with breakfast and a quick clean up. This is followed by Morning Prayers and what I call Morning Time. This is when we practice our Catechism questions and do any read alouds. We also discuss any plans for the day, such as music lessons or a change to the schedule. Then the children either work on assignments or take one of our two computers to complete their math. This year we are using CTC Math. After that we do one of our “Loops”. I hope to explain loops in a future post, but if you want to read more right now, just Google “Loop Schedule for Homeschool” and I’m sure you’ll find lots of information.
So, for our Morning Loop today we’ll be watching the Homeschool Connections lesson for Mercury and watching the YouTube video probably directly after lunch. After that it’s time for the second ‘loop’. Today it is Religion and The Purpose of Man’s Existence.
That’s all for today. Check back soon to see what else we are doing in our homeschool.
Here’s a Link to a pdf file with some facts about Mercury: Thanks to Itsybitsyfun.com
And another pdf that might be better for the Middle School aged child: Mercury Fact Sheet
This is a really inexpensive (especially with Amazon Prime shipping) solar system model to keep in the homeschooling area of your house:
And finally, a short YouTube Video about Mercury:
“All the powers of an empire, they rise and fall around us, they come and go, but acts of charity… they endure forever. And people who lay down their lives in love and service of humanity, they blaze like the sun for all eternity.
St. Maximillian Kolbe, pray for us.”
We are living in scary times. I often ask myself what I can do to combat the ignorance and misinformation that is being spread and believed by so many, including people I love and respect. What can I do to combat the conflict and discord in the world today?
I’ve come to the conclusion that actions are what need to speak at this time in history. Most of what we say will be misunderstood or twisted to mean something other than what is intended. Actions though… actions are harder to distort into something they are not.
And face it, our actions, OUR actions… those of us average Americans just living our everyday lives trying to raise our families the best we can… our actions really don’t affect a whole heck of a lot of people.
So what we need to do is focus on the people we come in contact with everyday. Start there.
First, our family. Treat our family, our children, our homes with love and respect. Teach our children to respect each other and embrace each other’s differences. Teach them that it’s okay to disagree with someone else, it’s okay to hate the evil things that others do, but they must still love them. Love the person, not the sin.
Then, when we are out and about in our communities, we can smile. We can laugh with the bank teller and tell the person that gets us our coffee that we like their hair that day. Or we can meet the UPS guy at the door and tell him we are grateful for his effort in getting us our packages.
At work we can respect our coworkers. We can show them appreciation and esteem. We can be enthusiastic about our work and be thankful for the opportunity to work and be compensated for that work. We can let our diligent performance of our duties show our gratitude to our employers.
And finally, but really primarily, we can to guard ourselves against distraction and agitation. We cannot be ambassadors of peace when there is constant anxiety in our own souls. Accept that we cannot change the world, but that we can change ourselves and we can work towards greater love and solidarity in our homes and communities.
And when confronted with a spirit of hate, intolerance and bitterness, we can do the opposite. We can show love, understanding and gentleness. We can be another Maximillian Kolbe or a St. Thomas More.
The opposite of hate is not hate. It is love.
Let our actions always speak love and charity and there will be no room for hate in our hearts.
While we have officially started school, we are still in the middle of figuring out what works and what doesn’t. Meanwhile, we still have a small Book Basket this week!
Really, it’s not a basket, it’s the very top shelf of my ‘teacher’ bookshelf. This is where I keep all the books that are on our current week’s reading list. Some of them follow along with curriculum. Some of them are just books that looked good from the weekly library visit. This week, due to the fact that we are just getting into the school routine, I only have two. I will work on filling the shelf next week!
The Book Basket this time includes a book that I picked up on a rare trip, 2 1/2 hours away, at our closest bookstore (GASP!). Did I tell you we live in the boonies? What Do YOU Do With a Problem was on special so I took a chance and brought it home. It tells about a boy with a problem. He tries to avoid the problem, but it only gets bigger. Finally, he confronts his problem only to learn that it really wasn’t as big and bad as he thought it was. Not only a great life lesson, but I really enjoyed the illustrations.
This next one we’ve been working on for a while. I’d love to be able to finish it this week! It’s the first in the Will Wilder series. Will is a feisty boy that gets into some mishaps that lead him to attempt to save his hometown of Perilous Falls. Full of action and suspense, the characters in this book keep us all at the edge of our seats.