next week in homeschooling

trees (general topic); Alaska (place of the week)

What is this post?: I’ve decided to crowdsource Noah’s education a little bit, because you’re all so awesome. Each week, I’ll let you know what we’re studying the next week. If you know any good, relevant, Noah-appropriate (read: nonviolent/non-scary) online videos, images, music, books (fiction or nonfiction), recipes, craft projects, documentaries or other movies, etc.–or if you have an experience, story, experiment, picture, or whatever to share–let us know in the comments or via email.

These posts are inspired by our internet-friend Hanna’s eleventh-hour heads-up about a video chat between Bill Nye (the Science Guy!) and astronaut Sunita Williams, who joined the chat from the International Space Station. Plus some teenagers whose science experiments were being carried out for real at the ISS. We wouldn’t have known about that without Twitter and faraway friends, and it was a great way to spend part of our morning. So, if you ever come across something awesome that’s not relevant to our current topics, let me know that too!

Thanks, peeps.

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10 Comments

  1. Meghan
    Posted 18 September 2012 at 11:38 AM | Permalink

    I lived in AK for 4 years, up in Fairbanks. So if you have any questions.

    You can serve almost as much time in prison for poaching animals (in certain circumstances) as you can for manslaughter in AK. They take hunting very seriously up there.

    The tourism industry is worth bilions of dollars per year (about $4 billion pre-recession). A lot of people come from eastern Europe to work in the summer.

    Look up the videos of boiling water sublimation at -40, they’re great. Also the ‘green flash.’ As the sun sets at very high latitudes it flashes green due to refraction.

    Musk Ox: awesome tiny oxen left from the ice age. The university has some at the Large Animal Research Station – they’re babies sound like sheep and the adults kind of sound like a big cat.

    The University of Alaska Fairbanks is the only land, sea, air, space grant institution. It has it’s own rocketry program, HARP (which has nothing to do with the military), and unrelated, but some awesome lasers.

  2. Orchid
    Posted 18 September 2012 at 12:29 PM | Permalink

    Have come across this website called The Kid Should See This? http://thekidshouldseethis.com/
    It’s a nice collection of video clips that kids would like, especially on the topics of science, nature, music, and art. A lot of these videos are really fascinating for grown ups to watch too =)

  3. Molly
    Posted 18 September 2012 at 3:38 PM | Permalink

    You people are fabulous! Thanks, Meghan, for the great stuff to look up and share about Alaska. And Orchid, what an amazing website–I had no idea that was out there.

    I am just terribly fond of my readers.

  4. Nikki
    Posted 18 September 2012 at 5:15 PM | Permalink

    They Might Be Giants: C is for Conifer
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FijQbZeTGNc

    • Molly
      Posted 18 September 2012 at 5:30 PM | Permalink

      Oh nuh-uh! This is perfect for our little TMBG fan. Thanks!

  5. Lara
    Posted 19 September 2012 at 8:35 AM | Permalink

    We were lucky enough to visit Alaska this summer, and one of my favorite parts was learning about Native American culture in the areas we visited. We learned mostly about Tlingit and Haida culture. They both have an amazing totem pole tradition, so you can look at pictures of the totem poles to see the characters from traditional stories. Here’s a website with Tlingit stories (and click around to find the index with Haida and many others as well):
    http://www.native-languages.org/tlingit-legends.htm
    My kids (ages 8 and 5) were both quite engaged when I read them the stories from an academic/ethnographic book I bought about the totem poles.
    “Tlingit” sounds like “Klink-it.”

  6. Sarah
    Posted 19 September 2012 at 9:20 AM | Permalink

    What a great idea!
    Is Noah taking his yoga class yet? Well either way, it might be a nice time to work on tree-pose . I had a teacher who used to really talk us through rooting down from your waist with your legs while reaching up with your torso and arms, which really feels good, and I liked thinking about how a tree grows in both directions as it needs more roots to supply its top, etc. I had a phase of doing tree pose any time I was in the woods, which is fun. And you can do it while holding Simon on one hip so you get a stretch too.

  7. Posted 19 September 2012 at 8:17 PM | Permalink

    Redwoods by Jason Chin is a great picture book about trees. I love the idea of crowdsourcing your homeschooling! :)

  8. Molly
    Posted 20 September 2012 at 2:57 PM | Permalink

    Again, thanks! This is all so great & will be put to good use.

  9. Posted 25 September 2012 at 6:30 PM | Permalink

    Not to try to one-up my previous achievement, but have you checked out GeekDad on Wired.com?

    The whole site is here: http://www.wired.com/geekdad/ but I thought you and Noah might get a kick out of the programming column: http://www.wired.com/geekdad/2012/09/its-super-scratch-programming-adventure/ A free, downloadable programming tutorial!

    And I have no idea how that might connect with Alaska. Although I suppose you could code something about Alaska?

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