Monthly Archives: January 2016

Free Fridays: The Blessing Cup

Gripped by the depiction of a child’s understanding of fear and hardship at the opening of the book, I knew Patricia Polacco’s The Blessing Cup had a powerful message to tell. I read this story of hope and generosity for the first time last week, and I hope to read it again and again as […] Continue reading

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Traditional Thursday’s: Timeless + Tradition = The Keeping Quilt by Patricia Polacco

Timeless: It has been over 15 years since I first heard of this book, and have read it countless times since. Now when rereading the original book, the story and message that the book conveys to m, resonates even more strongly today than it did when I was younger. Narrated in the first person by […] Continue reading

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The Best Astronomy Apps

Top Five List of The Best Apps In the Apple Store Now SkySafari (4.99) Allows you to view the the position of celestial bodies as far back as 1 million years back and as far forward as 1 million years in advance. Purchase  comes with subscription of Skyweek. StarMap (4.99)- A point and locate app that […] Continue reading Continue reading

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Zodiacs

Many people are familiar with zodiac signs; as kids we often look at them for weekly, daily, or monthly advice from things ranging from crushes to personalities. Whether or not our zodiac sign determines who we are, the constellations they are based off on is entirely a reality. Each month, as the Earth moves around […] Continue reading Continue reading

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Winner Wednesdays- Number the Stars

“And they are beginning to realize that the world they live in is a place where the right thing is often hard, sometimes dangerous, and frequently unpopular.” -Lois Lowry, Number the Stars One of my favorite books in elementary school was one that has stuck with me for years, and I’ve gone back to read it […] Continue reading

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Winners Wednesday: A Pet for Fly Guy

      Parents may love it, but children absolutely will. In “A Pet for Fly Guy”, parents and children will be laughing at the zzzzany adventures of a pet fly and his human companion Buzz. A finalist for the Children’s Book Council Kindergarten to Second Grade Children’s Choice of the Year, “A Pet for […] Continue reading

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It’s kind of in the name

captain’s blog, Stardate 69536.8 you, potentially: “wait Phil, isn’t the Stardate of blog post 2 is pretty close to the Stardate of blog post 1?” me: “Shhhhhhhhh.” This last week we looked deeply into the movement of the sun throughout the year. Without discussing it, we were inherently learning about solstices and equinoxes, a topic […] Continue reading Continue reading

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The Zodiac Signs

Image link The zodiac signs surround a lot of peoples’ daily lives, in that most people look to a horoscope to direct their lives. The fact that the position of the stars at a certain time can tell so much about a person’s individual personality is absurd, yet we attribute personality traits to the constellations.… Continue reading Continue reading

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Phases of the Moon

I enjoyed this video from the history channel, which shows phases of the moon. It was interestingly relevant to my last post, since the image of the moon and Earth is so entirely NOT to scale because they are so large, and so close together. However, I did enjoy the explicit way that they explained each […] Continue reading Continue reading

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Solstices and Equinoxes

Source:Solstice and equinox dates Astrology plays an important roles in ancient civilizations like Egypt ,Sumeria and China.Because their deep connections to agricultures and societies,solstices and equinoxes were celebrated by both nobles and civilians in China for over a thousand years.And this blog is intended  to introduce some activities and customs popular on these four special days.On […] Continue reading Continue reading

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