Mama's Last Week in Review - Letter I

Last week we concentrated on the letter I and the David and Goliath Bible story. This was a fun letter, because it is the first letter in our last name. However, with all the other things going on during the week we didn't do as much as I'd hoped. I do have my first giveaway going on with only 1 comment as of right now...please go to Mom is the Only Girl and check it out!...more

Science Experiment E-book Review and Giveaway

Touch of Home Learning has a new E-book out and I was able to review it! It's called 60 Quick and Easy Science Experiments Using Everyday Items. I was so excited to receive it and looked through it immediately!...more

I'm a Beaver!

We went to the local science museum again recently. They have a neat area that's all about beavers and their natural habitat and how humans are affecting it. Of course, for now we concentrate on the animals and feel the pelt and tail and look at the display of a beaver standing outside it's den with a stick in it's mouth. Our visits to this area are usually not very long even with the kiddos playing with the hands-on things there....more

Another Thing to Worry About? Closely Spaced Second Sibs at Greater Autism Risk

A study coming out in the respected journal Pediatrics reports that second children born soon after their older siblings are at a higher risk of developing autism, a developmental difference or disorder characterized in general by social and communication deficits. Note that even with the increased risk, the overall risk of autism even for these second siblings is still quite small. ...more
My kids were born about 2 years apart from one another and I have 5 kids. My daughter Zoe is the ...more

Mama's 'Last week in review' - Letter of the week - H

This past week we concentrated on the letter H as well as Joshua and the Battle of Jericho. It was a pretty fun week to say the least! We are still having computer issues with our main computer (which houses our photos) but I will try to add photos of this when it's working again, because I think I got some cute pics this week!...more

Wall of Fame: 10-Year-Old Girl Becomes Youngest to Discover a Supernova

While you may have rung in the New Year watching fireworks, 10-year-old Kathryn Aurora Gray celebrated by witnessing a different kind of explosion in the sky. Over the weekend, the 5th grader from New Brunswick, Canada became the youngest person ever to discover a supernova. ...more

Emulating Nature (Because All Life Depends On It) on Women Of Green

Janine Benyus is the president of the Biomimicry Institute. She also teaches interpretive writing, lectures at the University of Montana, and works towards restoring and protecting wild lands. In all of her work, her basic thesis is that human beings should consciously emulate nature’s genius in their designs....more

The "Elaborate Fraud" Linking Autism to Vaccines

It's about time. Researcher Andrew Wakefield's 1998 MMR study -- which kicked off a decade of misplaced fears about vaccines causing autism before the study was officially retracted -- has been declared an "elaborate fraud" by the British Medical Journal (BMJ). I fully hope that, as BMJ's editors asserted, "Clear evidence of falsification of data should now close the door on this damaging vaccine scare," because when the public's faith in vaccines wavers and vaccination rates decline, children fall ill from vaccine-preventable diseases, and some of them die. ...more
@Shannon Des Roches Rosa "The BMJ, in essence, has been caught pulling off what may be the ...more

The Science of Stuffing a Stocking

Christmas stockings are long, narrow, lumpy pieces of fabric. They squish whatever is in the bottom of them. Their threads catch on whatever is put in them. And if a parent has to stuff more than one, it's guaranteed that they won't pack evenly -- spawning family dramas that will end with one of their grown children hurling a glass of brandy at the fireplace and running off to Fiji to sell beaded necklaces. But science has found a solution ... ...more

My siblings and I each had the same stocking every year. A few years ago, Mom dug them out and ...more

Two Autism Studies Open the Door to More Questions

Two recent autism-focused studies have generated both discussion and hope: one on early autism diagnosis using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) tests, and the other on mitochondrial function in people with autism. The first study used imaging to detect differences in the brains of autistic males compared to non-autistic males, while the second identified differences in mitochondrial function between autistic and non-autistic children. Both open doors to more research and to intriguing possibilities for diagnosis and therapies, but neither resolves the question of whether these differences exist because of autism, or whether autism exists because of these differences. ...more

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