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Storms and Wind

September 4th, 2012

In a big storm, trees fall, the waves get big and there’s lots of thunder and lightening.

A hurricane is a big storm.

A tornado is a tunnel of wind.


The eye of a hurricane has no wind inside it. The eye is dangerous because the rain and wind are worse around the eye.

Whirling Winds, Eyewitness Weather, p. 46-47.

4 September 2012

Grocery List

August 31st, 2012

Grocery List

Sam was pretty taken with the Amish Cookbook for kids that Pop-Pop brought her from Lancaster. Shortly thereafter, this shopping list appeared on the fridge.


August 31st, 2012

Sam's friends

Tristan, Heidi, Susie, Sam, Owen and Benjamin.

14 August 2012

Caesar Crosses the Rubicon

August 31st, 2012

The Rubicon was the border of Rome. It was a river. Caesar went home to Rome after fighting the Celts because of a note he got that said he would be arrested when he got home to Rome. But Caesar hesitated to cross the Rubicon because if he crossed the Rubicon, Rome’s army would arrest him. He decided to fight against Rome. As soon as he crossed the Rubicon all the Roman warriors fled, even Pompey.

Crossing the Rubicon
Caesar, played by Patty the Dog, prepares to cross the Rubicon.

31 August 2012

Water in the Air

August 30th, 2012

The hotter the air is the more water vapor it can hold.

p. 22, Weather, Eyewitness Books.

Experiment: Let’s Dew It

August 30th, 2012

What Did We Use?

Water, ice cubes, a jar, a glass and humidity.

What Did We Do?

We put ice cubes in the glass and the jar and filled them with water. We put the jar outside but we kept the glass inside.

What Happened?

The jar outside got more dew and it got faster because it was hotter outside than inside.

What Did We Learn?

We learned that the jar got more dew because there was a 7 degree difference outside (hotter).

Fact: The hotter the air is the more water vapor it can hold.

Ice cubes


30 August 2012
Based on More Mudpies to Magnets

Observation: Clouds and Rain

August 28th, 2012

We saw mostly small, fluffy clouds but a couple of wispy clouds here and there. We also saw some mysterious wispy clouds low in the sky.

Rain: we measured 1 3/4 inches of rain in our weather station.

28 August 2012

The Weather

August 28th, 2012

Guess what? There isn’t any new water on earth. Every time it rains, just imagine that it is raining last time what it rained. This is how it happens:
1. The sun heats up the water in rivers and seas.
2. Little bits of water go up into the air and turn into big clouds.
3. When the clouds get too big, they let go of their rain that goes straight into the sea.

Snowflakes come in all different shapes but they have one thing in common: they all have six points.

First Encyclopedia of Our World (FEOW)
p. 16-17

Caesar Fights the Celts

August 28th, 2012

Julius Caesar decided that if he would be king, he would have to fight more battles. But Caesar was bad for a little bit because if he lost a battle he would send a note back to Rome saying that there was victory in his sword. And then Caesar went to Britain to try and conquer the Celts. But when he saw them, it was really astonishing, for the Celt soldiers were naked. They also had tall helmets and they had painted their bodies blue, thinking it would protect them from swords and arrows.

Caesar and the Celts
Caesar, played by Emma Bear, confronts the Celts. Notice that the Celts are all blue.

28 August 2012
SOTW, Chapter 25

Brave Cloelia

August 28th, 2012

Sam loved, loved, loved reading Brave Cloelia by Jane Louise Curry. It’s an adaptation of a story from Livy’s History of Early Rome.