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...