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We have finished our year-long study of Life with REAL Science Odyssey this month. To create an enduring keepsake of our Plant Study, we pressed one of the lilies we had studied using this Microfleur Flower Press.  We did 30-seconds in the microwave, then open to the air, and repeat a few more times, with less time in the microwave each time. You want the petals to be stiff and dry, but not burnt or crumbly.

I thought I’d laminate the now dried flat flower, although by doing so the flower ovules part got squished and leaked out. It was actually pretty cool. I’m not sure laminating is the best way to preserve a flower, but it worked for now. I put little labels on the end result and Satori labeled the parts. I set it on white cardstock but later thought it would have been cool to see how it would turn out with just the lamination pages, as the petals were so translucent and beautiful.

We then ate our Celebration Plant Salad, eating all parts of the plant, from the flower, stem, leaves, seeds, fruit, and roots!

Satori loves cucumbers, chickpeas, beans, and berries, and mixed all together, she loved the salad. I wasn’t expecting her to eat the whole serving, but she did with relish!

Last week when we ate our Plant Salad it just so happened it was my birthday, so we finished it off with an indulgent dessert. 🙂

This past week we then moved on to the next REAL Science Odyssey program – Earth and Space. We did their Thermometer Exploration Lab but I doubt we will do the Rain Gauge, Wind Speed, and Weather Vane activities, as the weather here has been sunny and nice lately. If it isn’t, it will turn terribly windy and blow away any of our outside projects. Besides, I just can’t wait to start our Rock and Mineral study, as I loved studying geology in college!

We started reading their informational page on Weather Changes and then proceeded to the Thermometer Exploration activity. I set out two bowls, the first two hours ahead of time for the water to reach room temperature. Then I put ice cubes in the second bowl.

While waiting for the icy water to get cold, we headed out to the front of our house which faces north and is usually shaded. After three minutes of closing our eyes to sense the temperature ourselves, we recorded the temperature of 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Interestingly, during the minute I took a few pictures, the temperature dropped down to 65 degrees! Satori said she was too chilly to stay on the front porch.

Then we headed to our back porch which in the sun can get sweltering hot quickly! A few minutes of basking in the sun the temperature raised to 80 degrees on our thermometer.

We recorded these temps on our lab sheet, as well as recording the relatively comfortable in-house temperature of 74. We have no air conditioning, but if it gets too hot, we head to the basement where it is always nice and cool.

Next we headed to our two prepared bowls. Satori stuck this thermometer in the icy bowl and we recorded 38 degrees. She was to put her hand in to feel what this temperature feels like but could only hold it there for a moment. She said it felt ARCTIC COLD!

The room temperature water was a nice 66 degrees.

On our final sheet Satori filled out the various temperatures and her comments how she felt at each temperature.

Today we viewed a few Discovery Education Streaming videos on weather. One of the videos went over making a Rain Gauge just as described in RSO, so we probably won’t do all the included activities, as I mentioned before. We will probably visit the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder again, it was two and a half years ago when we first visited.

We are so looking forward to this year studying Earth & Space and will be concluding this spring with a vacation to the Grand Canyon.

Today is the last day to get 25% off REAL Science Odyssey and History Odyssey ebooks over at Pandia Press. You can view all my RSO posts using the tag RSO.

In the mountains, the weather changes quickly. One minute it is perfect, the next it is a serious storm. Then we get this rainbow, you can barely see the double rainbow but it’s there.

Double Rainbow

Double Rainbow

A few minutes later, it complete cleared up and was sunny. 🙂

Second week of summer here and the past few weeks I’ve been reading blogging/forum mamas talk about how HOT it is. Well summer finally hit us!

It’s 92 degrees in the shade, and while that may not seem like anything where you’re from, remember, we are almost two miles above sea level, this sun is unmerciful!

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92 degrees

I have been wondering what to do about the sun, I thought one of those automatic shades would be cool (literally). But then I remembered our wedding gift from Uncle Justin! This handy shade cover thingie!

Shade relief!

Shade relief!

I almost passed out from the heat putting it together, even though it was very easy. My hands burned from the hot metal rods.

If you can see from the above picture, I had a large one foot chunk of ice I threw in Satori’s pool, and told her it was an ice berg for her penguin. 🙂 A few seconds later, below you can see it already melted apart!

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Daddy left for Mexico a few hours ago, but just wanted to post these pictures for him so he can see how we’re handling this very hot day!

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Satori and I should have our new passports sometime next month, and maybe we’ll be taking a trip to Mexico soon. Dad wants us to do a quick unit study on Mexico this week, so I’m off to research that!

Today was Five in a Row’s Science day for  A Pair of Red Clogs. I asked Satori what “weather” was this morning and she went on to describe how if you threw your clog up in the air, all the different landing positions and their weather predictions. I explained to her that was a fun game people used to play when they didn’t have science to help them out. 🙂

We went over weather, temperature, meteorologists, weather tools used, and climates. We finished up our Red Clogs lapbook and then turned on the Weather Channel so she could see everything we talked about in action. The meteorologist predicted a sunny 64 degree day and she filled out a thermometer drawing to put in her lapbook.

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Satori narrated the book to daddy, she’s got a pretty good memory! Then she explained all the parts of her Red Clogs lapbook. She just loved learning about Japan and can’t wait to cover lots of parts of the world now, especially India, Indonesia, and Colorado. (I do not think there are FIAR rowings for these places, we’ll have to find our own.)

Then we headed to Boulder for a family field trip at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, conveniently located just down the mountain from our home. Free admission and many interesting things to see both inside and outside of the building, its unique architecture inspired by Indian cliff dwellings in nearby Mesa Verde.

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They had lots of on-hands weather science exhibits. We got to interact with lightning in a tube:

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Witness and affect a whirling tornado:

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Experiment with a Chaotic Pendulum:

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And then we got to stretch our legs for a nature hike on their Walter Orr Roberts Weather Trail and learned about local weather and climate.

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The views were spectacular, and we saw all of Boulder, and unlimited views of the Colorado flat lands.

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Up close and personal with Boulder’s famous Flatirons.

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As you can see the weather today was gorgeous and sunny as usual here, and the prediction of 64 degrees was pretty accurate!

This concludes our rowing of A Pair of Red Clogs, tomorrow I will take a video of our lapbook, and then plan out our next rowing – The Rag Coat. We’ll learn about the Appachalian mountain area, coal/energy, and quilting to name just a few things!