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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Field Trip: Cole M. Rivers Fish Hatchery

So we took our field trip to the fish hatchery today. As excited as the boys were to be there, I think Mike was even MORE excited! He acted like a six year old boy (not in a bad way, though). Running from pool to pool to view everything he possibly could. lol I think we'll have to go earlier in the season, though, so we can see more in the fish ladder and watch them incubating the eggs and all their activities they do.

Feeding frenzy! They gave the boys a few large handfuls of fish food and the boys got to feed the fish.

Fish would come barrelling out of the pipe here, but since my brain and my trigger finger don't communicate with each other that quickly, I never got the shot of the fish coming out.

The boys loved this tank because all you could see was a bunch of fins above the surface and it looked like a tank full of tiny sharks. lol

In the upper left of the monitor you can sort of see a fish. This was a monitor that connected to a camera in the fish ladder so visitors could see some of the fish struggling to get up the ladder.

The image on the left of the monitor is a fish face.

If you look from the middle of the top of the picture, you will see a white steak going towards the middle. That's a fish. I couldn't ever get the entire fish in my viewer in time. But he was HUGE.

Look for the white streaks. Those are more fish.

More feeding frenzies!

In the lobby of the Visitor Center.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Creation Day 4, Science Project: Build a Solar Oven

So for this week I thought it might be fun to build a solar oven. Since we are limited on funds, I did a search for one that involved things we already had in the house. I found our particular instructions at this page.

We had everything we needed already, except for the construction paper and the plastic wrap, both which we bought at the Dollar Tree for $1 a piece. Except the construction paper. We had to improvise with a black party tablecloth, lol.

We don't get direct sun in our yard until the afternoon, so we won't know how well this thing works until later today, at which point I'll update. But here are some pictures we took while we made it.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Top Buy of the Week

I bought three binoculars, cheap ones, on Walmart.com the other day to use for our hikes during our Creation Week. While we were at Walmart picking them up, we walked around the store avoiding going home because the power was out and they didn't know when it would be restored. While wasting time, I came across some educational placemats. I bought one of each for each child. They have spent the last 1 1/2 hours playing games with the USA one and the World one. AND.....they are LEARNING!!!