Hail in Vacaville!

We don’t often get hail here in Vacaville, so it might be good to remind ourselves how hail is formed. Hail starts out as a raindrop. The raindrop was heavy enough to start falling, when it got pushed up by an updraft in the thunderstorm. If you’ve climbed...

Happy World Water Day

Happy World Water Day, and a belated world poetry day. I love celebrating poetry in March with Dr. Seuss and Read Across America. Our older students have been talking about Freestyle poetry, alliteration, rhyme, rhythm, and syllables. Our younger readers have been...
Happy Pi Day 2022

Happy Pi Day 2022

We love pie, but we really love pi day. This is a great day to play with math, especially circles. We have lots of ideas for various age ranges, or check out NASA’s Pi Day Challenge for more ideas. Bake a pie. (Don’t forget there are savory options like...

Happy Solstice

December 21 is winter solstice here in the Northern Hemisphere. Winter solstice is the longest night of the year. But why is this night longer than other nights? To understand solstice, we need to review how Earth moves through the solar system. First, the Earth...
Candles and Pomanders

Candles and Pomanders

We’re back to classes, which means it’s time to share what we learned. This week, we started preparing for the holidays by creating candles, pomanders, and other holiday themed gifts. We poured, dipped, wrapped, and painted candles while learning a little...
Brainssss!!!!

Brainssss!!!!

This weekend we dissected a sheep’s brain. Dissection is a great way to encourage interest about anatomy and to learn a little more about yourself. We got our specimen’s from Home Science Tools for those interested in trying dissection for themselves. When...
Happy Birthday, Johnny Appleseed

Happy Birthday, Johnny Appleseed

This past weekend was Johnny Appleseed’s birthday, so we’ve been reading about apples all month. We made a fun project with apples this week too. We created apple dolls, from the book The Apple Doll by Elisa Kleven. This is the story of a girl who is...

September Science News

Get ready for more amazing pictures from space. The James Webb telescope will launch this December. This telescope was first conceived three decades ago. It was conceived as a telescope to capture light from the first galaxies, but now scientists are trying for more....
Leaf Chromatography

Leaf Chromatography

Happy Fall! To celebrate the changing of the leaves, we have been making leaf rubbings all week. It’s fun to place a leaf under a sheet of paper and rub over it with a crayon to see the texture of the leaf. This gives you a great way to remember your leaf and...
Finding DNA at Vacaville’s Imagine That

Finding DNA at Vacaville’s Imagine That

We like to do activities each weekend at Imagine That. We’ve played with pulleys, vacuums, painted and built marshmallow launchers all in the past month. Each Sunday we also play with slime. This weekend was no different. We’ve been talking about...