Project-based Homeschooling: Tardigrades

Note: This column was published in the Barrow Journal on Wednesday, October 8, 2014. My family and I have been enjoying watching the new Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, which is a documentary series that explains the principles upon which science is based. It’s a follow-up to Carl Sagan’s 1980 series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage. It … Continue reading Project-based Homeschooling: Tardigrades

Project-based Homeschooling: A Mushroom Project Teaches Mama When to Let Go

Last year when my seven-year-old told me he wanted to learn about and grow mushrooms, I was excited. This was something I could sink my teeth into. Though I'm a novice, I love plants and gardening, and mushrooms fascinate me. We see so many cool ones around here, and they never fail to excite me. … Continue reading Project-based Homeschooling: A Mushroom Project Teaches Mama When to Let Go

Scary, Oozy, Slimy Day at the Sandy Creek Nature Center

Attending Scary, Oozy, Slimy Day every October at the Sandy Creek Nature Center in Athens, Georgia has become a tradition in my family. There's nothing scary about it, of course. It's a wonderful event that showcases under appreciated animals such as snakes, frogs, bugs, spiders and more. There are many hands-on activities and games for … Continue reading Scary, Oozy, Slimy Day at the Sandy Creek Nature Center

Project-based Homeschooling: Carnivorous Plants

Note: This column was published in the Barrow Journal on October 9, 2013. Last year my son acquired a fascination with carnivorous plants. He had been interested in them for a while, but then one day we saw a little Venus flytrap at Home Depot, and right then his interest exploded. He wanted to learn about them and … Continue reading Project-based Homeschooling: Carnivorous Plants

Inspire Kids: You are your microbes

One of my seven-year-old's favorite words is "microscopic." Does your kid have favorite words like that? He's always talking about microscopic this and that. So when I found this short video, I thought he'd like it, and he sure did! It's really interesting too.  If you have an older child or adult in your house … Continue reading Inspire Kids: You are your microbes

Why Study Ants?

Note: This column was published in the Barrow Journal on Wednesday, July 31, 2013. Last week I wrote about the School of Ants, a project that anyone can participate in. Scientists at North Carolina State University and the University of Florida are asking citizens to assist them in collecting ants, particularly those in urban areas.  … Continue reading Why Study Ants?