Thursday, August 31, 2017

Exploring Art and Culture (Tribes of Africa)

We had an amazing year of play and exploration

(revisit our Early Care and Education Series here)

and are excited to begin this

new series
new journey
new experience

Exploring Art and Culture
Let's learn more together!

Tribes of Africa

"Handa's Surprise"
by Eileen Browne


the Xhosa, Fulani, Ndebele, Samburu tribes
through books and art

"Those who plan without the help
of the Spirit must plan again"
- African Proverb

Exploring Art and Culture

What is next?

Friday, August 25, 2017

Lord, Be My Guide

I scrolled through photos from

this date
last year

and smiled

new job
new schools
new outlook


"You made all things new"

(and it was just what I needed)

So although I do not know
what the future holds

I realize that I don't need to...

I know you

and You always seem to know just what I need

so my simple prayer remains...
Lord, be my guide

five minute friday

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Five Things I Learned... (from our Glow-in-the-Dark Party)

1. The Angler Fish uses her glow to attract a mate. 

What he doesn't realize?

Her glow actually POISONS the water,
and once he latches on,
he will remain there the duration of his life...

as a parasite!

2. Light dispels darkness
and illuminates the path so that we can see and not stumble. 
So we should shine bright in a dark world!

Notice the photos below?
3. It appears that the darker the environment,
the less light is actually needed to make an impact.

Same shirt...different lighting!

4. The ingredient in tonic water
that makes it glow (quinine) is the SAME THING
that also gives it it's bitter taste

your glow may be slightly distasteful to some people

5. Let your light shine!
You don't have to say a lot to inspire...
simply be who you are and let your light shine


Fireflies use their light (flash patterns) to communicate
but SOME species use "aggressive mimicry" to


another species
(with the intent to annihilate them)

*Bonus Lesson
Not every "flashy thing" is good for you!

Early Care and Education (Glow-in-the-Dark)

We turned off the lights

for this month's Tea with Tondra
(while learning about the Science of Luminescence)

because it appears that everyone seems to love things that glow!!

Glow-in-the-Dark Puffy Paint and Play Dough

Did you know...

neon food coloring
Vitamin B tablets

tonic water

all glow under a black light?
Black light Lemonade
Glow sticks
glow-in-the-dark props

are all fun,
but you really only need 3 things...

a dark room
a black light
a glowing smile

So let it glow!