How things work 1 with Louis Bloomfield

This is a FREE, self pace course!

Designed for non-science students, this course is a practical introduction to physics and science in everyday life. It considers objects from the world around us, identifying and exploring the scientific concepts upon which they’re based. Because it starts with objects and looks within them for science, it is the reverse of a traditional physics class. Instead of the usual principle-driven physics class, How Things Work is case-study physics.

In this pilot semester of How Things Work, we will explore the basic laws of motion in the context of six familiar objects or activities: (1) Skating, (2) Falling Balls, (3) Ramps, (4) Seesaws, (5) Wheels, and (6) Bumper Cars. Despite their simplicity, these topics will bring us in contact with some of the most important concepts in physics, including inertia, energy, and momentum.

This course is self-paced. You can begin anytime and proceed at whatever speed you like. Although it typically takes about six weeks, you can finish it in three months or three days. With students ranging in age from 7 to 80+, there is little reason to follow a conventional academic schedule. This course should fit your lifestyle, not the other way around.

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History: grades 6-8 with positive STEM role models, information about science careers and pathways, and connections to current research

If anyone is focused on a STEM/STEAM based education for their children then this information may be interesting to you. Click on the word >>> HERE <<< to be directed to the web page of this information.

These are FREE webinars on various subjects such as:

*Paleobotany: Climate Change Past and Present with Scott Wing
October 21, 2014 • 1-1:30 p.m. (ET)

*Volcano Geochemistry: Windows to Earth’s Interior with Elizabeth Cottrell
November 13, 2014 • 1-1:30 p.m. (ET)

*Exploring the Unexplored: Deep Reef Biodiversity with Carole Baldwin
December 2, 2014 • 1-1:30 p.m. (ET)

*Measuring Biodiversity: Life in One Cubic Foot with Chris Meyer
December 9, 2014 • 1-1:30 p.m. (ET)

*Paleobiology: Unearthing Fossil Whales with Nick Pyenson
January 6, 2015 • 1-1:30 p.m. (ET)

*Human Evolution: Early Human Diets with Briana Pobiner
February 5, 2015 • 1-1:30 p.m. (ET)

*Forensic Anthropology: Bone Whispering with Kari Bruwelheide
March 3, 2015 • 1-1:30 p.m. (ET)

*Arthropod Adaptations: Inside the Insect Zoo with Dan Babbitt
April 9, 2015 • 1-1:30 p.m. (ET)

*Forensic Ornithology: Bird Detective with Carla Dove
May 7, 2015 • 1-1:30 p.m. (ET)

Messy Monday: Elephant Toothpaste

OH my! OH my! OH my!


This is going to be messy and fun for this Messy Mondays activity.

If you decide to do this with your homeschooling crew PLEASE share pictures to be posted on the web. 🙂


To get the ingredients list and the instructions to this project, go to: Toothpaste


To actually see how to do this project, watch this:


Thought Provoking Thursday: The Inner Life of the Cell

Have you ever studied in detail the mighty workings of YOUR cells in YOUR body?

Well, my children have. I declare these children of mine are way smarter than I am.

My theory is that at some point we as adults really knew so much information and was very knowledgeable BUT at some point we lost it all once we delivered our first child.


And with each child that was delivered or brought into our home (via adoption perhaps) we lost that many more brain cells.

I don’t know….just a theory!

At any rate, when I  was introduced to these videos by my 14 year old who is studying Biology right now I was blow away at how AWESOME and INCONCEIVABLY BRILLIANT the God of the universe is that HE would create cells that can do what they do all day long even when we aren’t thinking of it.

For this weeks Thought Provoking Thursday (really every single day of the week and every single day of our lives) we would brag on God and how wonderful He is in science.

If you have a STEM/STEAM based homeschooling then you will be thrilled to utilize these videos in your schooling. 🙂

The Inner Life of the Cell  (just the visual and music) 7 min version


The Inner Life of the Cell (just the visual and music) 3 min version


The Inner Life of the Cell (fully narrated version of the above two videos)



Angela P.

Serving You and Yours


Science Project: October 2014 Blood Moon: Total Lunar Eclipse Coverage

A total lunar eclipse is set to rise above people across a large swath of the world early Wednesday (Oct. 8). Weather permitting, people in North America, Australia, western South America and parts of East Asia will be able to see the total lunar eclipse. Sometimes, when the moon dips into Earth’s shadow during an eclipse, the natural satellite takes on a coppery-red color, leading some people to dub it a “blood moon.” The eclipse should reach totality just before sunrise at about 6:25 a.m. EDT (1025 GMT) on the east coast of the United States.

lunar eclipse

Thought Provoking Thursdays: Homeschooling from Psalms 148 (video)

Our God is a Great God!!! How Great IS OUR GOD!!!

Today on Thought Provoking Thursday this video is a great teaching tool to help in Science, Bible, Music and Apologetics.

As you and your children take the time to look at this video think upon the following Scripture verse.

Psalm 148

Praise the Lord.

Praise the Lord from the heavens;
    praise him in the heights above.
Praise him, all his angels;
    praise him, all his heavenly hosts.
Praise him, sun and moon;
    praise him, all you shining stars.
Praise him, you highest heavens
    and you waters above the skies.

Let them praise the name of the Lord,
    for at his command they were created,
and he established them for ever and ever—
    he issued a decree that will never pass away.

Praise the Lord from the earth,
    you great sea creatures and all ocean depths,
lightning and hail, snow and clouds,
    stormy winds that do his bidding,
you mountains and all hills,
    fruit trees and all cedars,
10 wild animals and all cattle,
    small creatures and flying birds,
11 kings of the earth and all nations,
    you princes and all rulers on earth,
12 young men and women,
    old men and children.

13 Let them praise the name of the Lord,
    for his name alone is exalted;
    his splendor is above the earth and the heavens.
14 And he has raised up for his people a horn,[b]
    the praise of all his faithful servants,
    of Israel, the people close to his heart.

Praise the Lord.

Tasty Tuesday: Squirmy Jelly Worms

If someone does this….please share your hard work at getting this done.

Boys will SO enjoy this craft and science study! Girls *might* too. 🙂

Here are some facts about Jelly Worms...I mean Earth Worms. 🙂

Here are 10 things you may want to know about earthworms:

1. Earthworms come in a seemly infinite variety—around 6,000 species worldwide.

One of the most familiar of them, the sort you may see in your garden, is commonly known as the night crawler (it typically surfaces after dark), the angleworm (its makes popular bait for fishing) or the rain worm (it leaves waterlogged soil after storms).

2. Of the more than 180 earthworm species found in the U.S. and Canada, 60 are invasive species, brought over from the Old World, including the night crawler.

3. Lacking lungs or other specialized respiratory organs, earthworms breathe through their skin.

4. The skin exudes a lubricating fluid that makes moving through underground burrows easier and helps keep skin moist. One Australian species can shoot fluid as far as 12 inches through skin pores.

5. Each earthworm is both male and female, producing both eggs and sperm.

They mate on the surface of the earth, pressing their bodies together and exchanging sperm before separating. Later, the clitellum (a collar-like organ that goes around the worm’s body the way a cigar band does a cigar) produces a ring around the worm. As the worm crawls out of the ring, it fills the ring with eggs and sperm. The ring drops off, seals shut at the ends and becomes a cocoon for the developing eggs.

6. Baby worms emerge from the eggs tiny but fully formed. They grow sex organs within the first two or three months of life and reach full size in about a year. They may live up to eight years, though one to two is more likely.

7. Full size for an earthworm varies among species, ranging from less than half an inch long to nearly 10 feet. The latter monsters don’t occur in U.S. backyards—you’ll have to go to the Tropics to see one of them. The homegrown versions top out at around 14 inches.

8. The glaciers that crawled across Canada into the northern tier of the lower 48 states during the most recent ice age wiped out earthworms in those areas.

In other parts of the U.S., you may find native earthworm species, but the worms living in the regions scoured by glaciers are invaders from overseas, brought here intentionally by early settlers on the assumption that the worms would improve the soil, or carried accidentally in shipments of plants or even in dirt used as ballast in ships.

9. The earthworm’s digestive system is a tube running straight from the mouth, located at the tip of the front end of the body, to the rear of the body, where digested material is passed to the outside. Species vary in what they eat, but by and large their devouring of fallen leaves and/or soil allows the worms to move nutrients such as potassium and nitrogen into the soil.

Also, worm movements within the Earth create burrows that encourage the passage of air and a loosening of the soil. Good things, right? Well, maybe not. Which brings us to 10 …

10. The northern forest evolved after the glaciers retreated, yielding an ecosystem that does not benefit from earthworms. These forests require a deep layer of slowly decomposing leaves and other organic matter called “duff” that overlays the soil. When earthworms invade these forests, they quickly eat up the duff, with the result that nutrients become less available to young, growing plants and the soil, instead of aerating and loosening, becomes more compact.

Enjoy your experiment!!!

Summer Science Project……Growing edible mushrooms

By Angela P.

Our family which are farmers in progress, attend the yearly farmers tour here in our area.

The tour allows the tourist to experience and learn about all the various facets of farming.

There you will find alpaeca farm;, flower farms; wineries; vegetable farms; cattle/pigs/compost farms; worm farms, fish farms  and MUSHROOM FARMS!

This year our travels took us to an amazing guided tour led us long nature trails, viewing outdoor production beds of mushrooms, hearing a discussion on forest and mushroom ecology, recycling and composting with mushroom instructions, an outside viewing of their 0% germ free sterilized mushroom production room, which was super cool. Made you feel as if these people are working on some special out of space material as they are suited up in full white suits, head covered, gloves on and one way entrance zones.

We also picked up some pretty cool items, pictured above.

We are now growing our very own edible, organic mushrooms!!!

Shiitake mushrooms. Soon to be sprouting from our log. Will spout about four times a year.


Blue Oyster Mushrooms


With anticipation we wait and look. Wait and look. Wait and look. To see the budding of our  mushrooms.

The mushrooms growing out of the  plastic bag are Blue Oyster Mushrooms.

The mushrooms that will be growing out of the wood are Shiitake mushrooms

What our Shiitake mushrooms WILL look like 🙂

Shiitake mushrooms are said to help protect against cardio vascular disease. They are also a very good, non-animal food source of iron. Additionally Shiitake mushrooms are often grown on saw dust blocks in a natural setting but can also be grown on natural hardwood logs in a shady area (that’s what we are doing).

Shiitake mushrooms are rich in B vitamins, excellent source of pantothenic acid, very good source of vitamin B2, good source of vitamin B6, niacin, selenium and copper. Very good source of zinc and a good source of manganese.

Just too  many great benefits from just 1/2 a cup (a serving) of these delectable mushrooms.

As for the Blue Oyster Mushrooms, these are cold weather mushrooms preferring temperatures of up to 65 degrees F.

These little beauties enjoy growing on old -used phone books and coffee grounds. They are bright blue to brown-gray fruit bodies and will hold their shape while cooking.

Hopefully soon, we will have our V-E-R-Y  O-W-N farm grown mushrooms from home. 🙂


Hey……ARE YOU ALL STILL IN SCHOOL? 🙂 My kids are. (smh)

What our Blue Oyster mushrooms WILL look like. :)
What our Blue Oyster mushrooms WILL look like. 🙂