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Autumn Garden

Monday, August 27th, 2012

Sam waters the new garden bed
We spent the weekend putting in a raised bed, 4×8, and then filled it with a mixture of topsoil, potting soil, manure and our friends the Zmicks’ fabulous homemade compost. Today Sam and I planted lettuce–Bibb and Black Seeded Simpson–a repeat of last spring. Last spring the seeds germinated in 11 days. What will happen with August plantings?

Sam predicts 11 days, same as the spring. We’ll see. It was pretty hot today– high 80s.

27 August 2012


Monday, August 6th, 2012

Worms are invertebrates (animals without backbones) worms live in water, on land and sometimes live in other animals. Earthworms dig their way through soil by eating it.


5 August 2012


Monday, August 6th, 2012

Badgers are very shy creatures. They are omnivores. During the day they rest in their burrows. But when evening falls the badgers go outside to collect hay for bedding.


5 August 2012


Monday, August 6th, 2012

Armadillos have bony plates just like most dinosaurs. Armadillos often live alone. They eat ants and other bugs. If an armadillo sees danger he or she will dive straight into their home. Armadillos can be found in North America but they often live in South America.


5 August 2012

Learning About Forces and Electricity at the SMV

Monday, August 6th, 2012

stand and spin

sit and spin

Sam tries

static electricity

bicycle power

4 August 2012

Bodyworlds at the Science Museum of Virginia

Monday, August 6th, 2012


The three of us went to see the Bodyworlds exhibit at the SMV. You can find my brief reaction to it here.

When I asked Sam what she found most interesting, she mentioned a photography exhibit that was inserted in the main exhibit–a recent study of food consumption around the world. Families from different countries were posed with a typical week’s worth of food and the price in USD.


the family from Chad only spends $1.24 per week on food and the family from Germany spends $500!


4 August 2012


Monday, August 6th, 2012

Chimpanzees are one of the most intelligent animals. They use rocks to crack open nuts, and they use twigs to dig in the ground for insects to eat.

22 February 2012

Sam’s Science Magazine

Monday, August 6th, 2012

Topics include global warming, animals and plants.

Highlights: “If there were no animals the balance of nature would be lopsided.”


“Plants do a process called photosynthesis. This process releases oxygen into the air so we can breathe, then we exhale carbon dioxide for the plants to breathe. That is our way of saying thank you to the plants.”

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June 2012

Slug Trap

Sunday, August 5th, 2012

We made a slug trap. We caught two slugs. We made it by mixing yeast, sugar and warm water.

16 May 2012

The Wildlife Center of Virginia

Sunday, August 5th, 2012

We went on a homeschooler field trip to the Wildlife Center of Virginia. The Wildlife Center treats and rehabilitates injured and orphaned wild animals. The goal is always to return them to the wild, but many animals cannot be released. These remain at the center as teaching animals.

Wildlife Center of VA tour

A vulture:
A vulture

A bald eagle:
bald eagle


we saw lots of birds, an opposum and Buddy the bald eagle who has a disease on his beak.

14 May 2012