Category Archives: Science

How to read a fire

In the opening weeks of spring, there have been over fifty different bushfires burning across NSW at any given time. As a kid, I remember fire season starting sometimes as late as November. In parts of the state this year, … Continue reading

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Liver and unicorn poo

As the basis for a lot of our science work at the moment, we are using the Lift-the-Flap Periodic Table book. This is a great book to use. It is written in a cartoon like style, so is really engaging … Continue reading

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Sea bins and storm petrels

So a local group were organising a beach clean up the other day. In one form or another, this is a reasonably common thing to do, organising a group of people to spend a day cleaning up a certain area. … Continue reading

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Space is big

We have been studying astronomy this semester. A lot of what we have been looking at has been inside the solar system. Brief descriptions of the planets, the nature of eclipses, seasons, moon phases, that style of thing. One thing … Continue reading

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Herbalist

In a previous career, I spent several years and extreme amounts of effort studying and practicing as a herbalist. I enjoyed herbalism immensely, and if it payed the bills, I would probably still be doing it. With this background in … Continue reading

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Tree of life

Over the last few weeks, we have been classifying things in our science lessons. We have been doing quite a lot of collecting things, and then breaking them into groups. We have classified rocks, plants, and random stuff we have … Continue reading

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Flying fox

It is summer here at the moment, and in northern NSW, we have all just had to endure another heatwave. With another three months of this weather to go, I am just not sure how many more of these summers … Continue reading

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The immensity of time

We have been looking a fair bit at the history of early people lately. We took a bit of a stab at early cultures in and around the fertile crescent, but it was not a great success. I decided to … Continue reading

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The catapult

After a week of heavy rains, he had cabin fever. The day lurched along in a not very productive fashion, and then stopped. Lessons were clearly over. I acquiesced, and we settled in to play with Lego. Inspired by a … Continue reading

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Playing with fire

Shortly before we started homeschooling, I asked my boy what sort of things he would like to learn about. First on the list was lighting a match. It seems that all kids have a fascination with fire. According to our … Continue reading

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