A Temporary Break
May 23, 2012 We’ve had our end-of-the-year party, enjoyed the last day of school, and said our good-byes to the kids. School is over for the rest of the summer (well, until mid-August anyway. This IS Phoenix, after all. Nothing says “time for school” like 110 degree heat.) So I’m trying to decide what to do with this blog. There are still things I could write about but there won’t be any more...
Cracking the Code
May 18, 2012 My husband volunteers at the Arizona Science Lab, a group of retired engineers who provide science workshops for middle school students. We were talking about the different classes they offer, boat building, making small solar cars, setting off rockets, etc. What I didn’t know until that day is that they also offer a class about codes. I personally had never thought about codes as...
May 13, 2012 I originally heard about this book online somewhere: Changes, Changes by Pat Hutchinson. (I’m online quite a bit and don’t always realize how important something’s going to be.) From the description (wherever it was), I decided that I wanted my own copy (you’ll see why later) rather than a borrowed copy from the library. So I ordered the book online and waited. When it arrived, I...
Update on the Book Bag Holder
I waited until after school and built it myself. It’s since fallen completely apart. Back to square one. Ideas, anyone?
Mail from an Alien
May 6, 2012 I have Tom Hobson in Seattle to thank for this idea. A week or so ago, the kids arrived to find a large envelope addressed to them with the following letter: We asked for volunteers to make two teams to create the two pictures. Here they are: The kids learned a good deal about teamwork and here’s the letter we found the next Monday morning:
Sometimes I Learn More Than They Do
May 2, 2012 I had some time one afternoon this week so I headed up to school (it’s so nice living close by) and thought about the problem of our book-and-CD combos. My original thought was to hang them in the stand that holds our CD player, but it turns out that the bags we bought for this are too long for the stand. Then I thought of trying a hook on the side of the stand. I even bought...