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January 15, 2015
In, Out or Both!

Organizing Family Photos

Snowflakes

Suki: Not Plants, Not Animals, But Full of Life

Astronomy in 2015
This Week
Whales, Science, and "Scientific Whaling
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  In, Out or Both!

(Photos General) Snowflake3.jpgOrganizing photos and making snowflakes!  Sounds like two good projects for January!  Enjoy the two "how to" articles.

Double Confession: I got hooked on watching Mad Men and I remember the 60's.  What I never observed was the selfishness of the fictional parents and the mindless parenting of children the series portrayed: "Go upstairs", "Go watch television."  Enough said.  I recently enjoyed listening to Dr. Keith Anole discussing parenting.  I'll paraphrase: "Be there. Listen. Spend time with children. They're always watching you and learning by what you do, especially how you treat your wife/husband.  Think about whether you deserve an A.  When you make a mistake, circle back and tell the children you'll do better. Then do it!"

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  Organizing Family Photos

by Sara Eizen

Oh, Snap! A Step-by-Step Approach to Organizing Family Photos

(Photos General) Photos_stack.jpgI get asked about photo organization and storage a lot. I mean, A LOT. And to be honest, the question always makes me cringe a little bit.

The truth is, until now, I have avoided the entire issue in my personal life. Perhaps like you, I've been so overwhelmed by the years of digital photos I've accumulated, I haven't known where to start.

But it's a new year and a fresh start, so I finally bit the bullet and researched some resources to help you AND me get over our picture paralysis already!

To start, focus on photos you'll take from this day forward. Once you have a system and develop a habit, it's much easier to tackle the past years' pics.  More "how to" and resources>>>>>

 

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  Snowflakes

The following is an excerpt from Mama Gone Geek, by Lynn Brunelle.

(Photos General) Snowflake2.jpgCollect Snowflakes
When the snow starts falling, grab your kids, coats and boots, a couple of pieces of black construction paper, and a magnifying glass or two if you have them. As the snow is falling around you, catch a couple of snowflakes on your black construction paper and observe them with your magnifying glass, comparing how the snowflakes are similar and different. Count how many sides or points the snowflakes have and if any snowflakes appear to match.

Preserve Snowflakes
If you happen to have a microscope and microscope slides, try preserving snowflakes. All you really need for this activity are the slides, but using a microscope is a fun bonus. Prepare in advance by placing a couple of slides in the freezer so that they won't melt the snowflakes. You will also need hairspray or artists' fixative. Keep these items in a cold area like your refrigerator or an unheated garage.

When it is time to collect and preserve snowflakes, bring out the slides, the hairspray, and a couple of toothpicks. Spray one side of the slides with the hairspray. Catch the snowflakes on the sticky side of the microscope slides, using a toothpick to gently move the snowflake to center it, if needed. Place the slide with the snowflake in a cold area where no more snowflakes will fall on it, such as inside a covered box or in the unheated garage. Leave the slide untouched for several hours so that the hairspray can dry and the water in the snowflake will disappear. You now have the imprint of a snowflake on a slide you can study with the naked eye or a microscope.

Make Borax Snowflakes
If you do not have snow where you live, no problem. Just make your own borax snowflakes. This activity takes about 30 minutes of active preparation and then overnight to grow.

Awesome Six-Sided Paper Snowflakes
Everyone knows how to make paper snowflakes, right? But most peo¬ple make flakes with four or eight sides. Since real snowflakes always form six-sided flakes, here is a step-by-step guide to folding the paper so you get six points every time.

Get the recipes...>>>>>>>>>>>

Lynn Brunelle is a four-time Emmy Award-winning writer for the television series Bill Nye the Science Guy. An editor, illustrator, and award-winning author, Lynn has created, developed, and written projects for PBS, NPR, and Disney, among others.

 

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  Suki: Not Plants, Not Animals, But Full of Life

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The hunt was on! Today my mother, three of her grandchildren, and I tromped down into the woods on a mushroom hunt.

Not gonna tell you where, no way.

It was a pretty fruitless search, it seemed. We kept seeing Deathcaps-gorgeous, shiny mushrooms that will kill you. We saw one very waterlogged and rotten King Bolete. Disconsolately, we took the path toward home.

Three enormous bags of chanterelles. Don't ask me where we found them!

Three enormous bags of chanterelles. Don't ask me where we found them!

Out of the corner of my eye, I saw something golden peeking up from the chaff. It was a chanterelle, the lovely mushroom every mushroom hunter in Northern California is out looking for right now. My daughter and I were lagging behind, so we called ahead that the others should stop. We dug up the mushroom and saw that it was in an advanced state of decay, waterlogged and inedible.

"Oh, well," my mother said when she arrived. "We can come back her another day. Let's take it with us, in any case, so no one else sees it."

Just then, my daughter's eyes got big. She pointed up into the chaparral on the hillside. "Mommy?" she said. "Do you see that?"

Through the brush we could see a bloom of golden-colored mushroom tops peeking through the chaff.

"Wow!" yelled my nephew.

And we were off. Join the adventure... >>>>>>

Suki Wessling writes about parenting, education, gifted children, and homeschooling at Avant Parenting.

 

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  Astronomy in 2015

The new year will be bringing many reasons to look up at the night sky. A lovely web site has aggregated them into the Top 101 Astronomical Events in 2015.

Of course there are highlights. There is a total solar eclipse on March 20 that crosses the high Arctic. There are also two total lunar eclipses on April 4 and September 28. On July 1 Jupiter and Venus will hang out together in the evening sky shining brightly. 
 
The Perseid meteor shower in August will have a new moon so the sky will be nice and dark. We may have visitations by two comets.  You should start looking for Q2 Lovejoy in January and comet US10 Catalina later in the year. Saturn will be fun to look at. because we will have a good view of the rings.

I love astronomy types. I am married to one. I love some of the astronomy events because they can really be fun. However...Read more>>>>

Chistine is a local mom and scientist who makes science easy to understand.  You can find her blog here.  That's her happy son Greg several years ago!

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January in the Parks

 

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School Corner

Learn to Discover, Electronics & Programming Classes

 

SC Waldorf PreK-8, Mornings In the Kindergarten 1/17

 

Gateway School K-8, Saturday Open House 1/17

 

Santa Catalina Girls 9-12, Open House 1/17

 

Tara Redwood School PreK-6, Morning Tour 1/21

 

Gateway School K-8, Middle School Information Night 1/22

 

Kirby School 6-12, Open House 1/24

 

Good Shepherd School PreK-8, Open House 1/25

 

Mount Madonna PreK-12, "Footloose" 1/23-25


Chartwell School 1-12, Open House 1/27

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 Whales, Science, and "Scientific Whaling

Science Sunday

Seymour Marine Discovery Center (at Long Marine Lab)
Whales, Science, and "Scientific Whaling" in the International Court of Justice
Date: 01/18/2015 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Ages: 10 and over Admission Fees: $8 Adults, $6 Seniors/Students/Children

Marc Mangel, Distinguished Research Professor, Mathematical Biology and Director, Center for Stock Assessment Research at UCSC leads a compelling discussion of using science as the foundation to interpret international law. Mangel discusses his involvement in the March 2014 International Court of Justice ruling that has effectively ended Japan's annual killing of almost 1,000 whales a year (a win for whales and for science).

In March 2014, the International Court of Justice, the principal judicial body of the United Nations, ruled that a Japanese whaling program in the Antarctic, ostensibly for scientific purposes, was not sufficiently research-oriented and was, therefore, illegal. UC Santa Cruz's own Marc Mangel served as a critical Independent Scientific Expert and witness in this landmark decision.(Photos General) WhaleJumping.jpg

Join Mangel for this compelling Science Sunday where science was used as the foundation to interpret international law. You'll learn the history that led Australia, a vocal opponent of Japan's annual "scientific" hunts in the Antarctic, to bring Japan's whaling industry to the international court. Mangel's involvement as both an expert on the science involved and as a witness, contributed to the ruling that has effectively ended Japan's annual killing of almost 1,000 whales a year.

It was a win for whales and for science.

Location: Seymour Marine Discovery Center, 100 Shaffer Road, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 459-3800 •website Santa Cruz West Side

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