This week we focus on maturity. What is the value-added as years go by? You don’t have to be “old” or “elderly” to respond to this prompt. You have more years under your belt today than every before. So share your thoughts in your poem/s and
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As I have aged…
As I have aged I have learned so many things…
I remember wondering how my nightgown made real sparks in the dark of a summer night.
I remember wondering how berries knew to grow on the same bushes every year.
I remember wondering how I would ever live without my parents, even if I got married.
I remember wondering how anyone could afford to buy a car.
I remember wondering how my mail could get to another country in a few days.
Becky stood on the balcony of her city apartment and looked out over the city she loved. From her balcony she could see the city skyline and the cross upon the church’s steeple. She loved living in the city, with the hustle and bustle every day. When she decided to rent the apartment her parents warned her she would not be happy with all the noise and lights. Nights wouldn’t be dark like in the country. Food wouldn’t be fresh out of the garden each morning like in the country. There would be no peace and quiet like in the country.
Becky couldn’t understand but she felt more like the city mouse rather than the country mouse. She was happy, that’s all that mattered.
1 handful of old dried out rose petals 1 scoop of dried branches, broken 2 dried up bunches of grapes 2 cups of dried yard weeds Dried orange peels from one orange Dried lemon peels from on lemon 2 tsp. good smelling bath oil
To spend all these years together. Love as light as a feather. Love is lasting forever. Keeping love new is clever. People in love for so long. Singing some new love song. An anniversary every year. Love for each other is clear.
Researchers from Yale-NUS College in Singapore and University College Cork (UCC) in Ireland have analysed preserved scales from wing cases of two fossil weevils from the Late Pleistocene era (approx. 13,000 years ago) to better understand the origin of light-scattering nanostructures present in present-day insects.
The researchers, led by Yale-NUS Assistant Professor of Science (Life Sciences) Vinod Kumar Saranathan and UCC paleobiologists Drs Luke McDonald and Maria McNamara, found that the wing cases of the fossil weevils contained preserved photonic ‘diamonds’, one of the many types of crystal-like nanoscopic structure that interacts with light to produce some of the brightest and purest colours in nature.
The outer coverings of many insects comprise repeating units arranged in a crystalline formation that…
Have you ever wondered how you can help your child excel in math? The best way is practice and exposure.
There will always be books on learning at home and one of the most common practices is to tell parents to do things like cook with their children to teach math. That is a good strategy but not the only and not necessarily the best for your child.
Strategies for learning math at home:
Cooking; Cooking is a great way to teach kids to count. It is also a good way to teach that a teaspoon is smaller than a tablespoon or a cup is smaller than a pint. I don’t disagree with any of this but one point that many parents don’t think of, as I admit I never did when my kids are little, is to show how three of those little scoops equals one of the bigger scoops (1/3 times 3 = 1). This can emphasize measurement, multiplication, fractions, and other areas that use any of these facts.
Go through your cabinets! Did you ever notice that some cans are 12 ounces while others are 14.5? As adults who shop for the foods their families like, a lot of times we look for the package and don’t pay attention to the exact measurement in the packaging. Show your children this! Have them take cans out of the pantry. Sort them by units in each can. Sort them by size of the actual can. Turn the cans around and read the labels! There are percentages, measurements, and a lot of other information on the backs of cans.
Have children keep track of what they drink. Do they know how many ounces are in a cup? Do they know how many ounces there are in their favorite cup? If they drink 5 cups of water in their favorite cup, how many ounces is that? This emphasizes addition, multiplication, measurement, statistics, and graphing.
How many steps is it from the bedroom to the bathroom? What about the bedroom to the kitchen? How many steps in your staircase? How tall is the door to the bathroom? Is it the same as the front door of the house? What about the door on the cabinets? Obviously, the cabinet doors are smaller but by how much? These are all activities that reinforce math skills.
Measure family members. Who is tallest? Who is smallest? This is comparing values! This also emphasizes ways to measure. No yardstick or anything else to measure? Well, what else can you use? A shoelace? Thinking about unconventional ways of measurement is a great critical thinking skill.
I hope I have given you some good ideas for math in the home. No need to buy anything special, no special equipment required. Be creative! With a pencil and paper, students can learn to log information, compare statistics, and make predictions! Math can be a lot of fun!