Archive for July, 2008

Underwater Astonishments

Thursday, July 31st, 2008

David Gallo, a pioneer in ocean exploration, presents jaw-dropping footage of amazing sea creatures, including a color-shifting cuttlefish, a perfectly camouflaged octopus, and neon light displays from fish who live in the darkest depths of the ocean.

How Drawbridges Work

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

(2 minutes)

We’ve all been stuck in traffic waiting for a drawbridge. Have you ever stopped to wonder what it takes to move a bridge? Learn more from Marshall Brain in this HowStuffWorks video “How Draw Bridges Work.”

Snake Eats Egg

Sunday, July 27th, 2008

(2 minutes)

Have your parents ever told you to take smaller bites and stop wolfing down your food? Somebody needs to tell that to snakes. Here’s an amazing video of how a snake eats an egg… whole! If nothing else, this clip will remind you to take smaller bites and chew your food well. lol

Inventoons: The Telephone

Thursday, July 24th, 2008

Another wacky one-minute invention history cartoon… this one on the telephone.

A Song For Moms

Thursday, July 24th, 2008

(Suggested by Katrina Kolseth)

Here is Anita Renfroe offering a great classical music version of everything a mom says in one day. Enjoy!

Inventoons: Gum!

Friday, July 18th, 2008

(animation - 1 minute)

Here’s another fun Inventoon, this time on the origins of chewing gum!

Also. check out our next video on how bubble gum is made today.

PS. So what is YOUR favorite gum? Mine is Bazooka (even after watching the next video).

Charlie Chaplin & the Dancing Rolls

Thursday, July 17th, 2008

(1 minute - Suggested by Tracy Driver)

Here’s the enchanting “table dance” scene from Chaplin’s silent movie classic “The Gold Rush”. Your kids will LOVE this and will probably be imitating it at dinner tonight!

Inventoons: Potato Chips!

Monday, July 14th, 2008

This series of one minute cartoons tells us the origins of all sorts of common everyday items that we hardly think about at all.

Today, let’s learn how potato chips were originally created as a “prank”! Yummy!

Cats and Bottles

Sunday, July 6th, 2008

It is July… and it is so miserably hot out that I don’t think anyone is really doing any school work anyway, so all you’ll find here this week, if we do post, is just crazy fun stuff.

With that in mind… behold the cats.

The Science of Summer

Thursday, July 3rd, 2008

(3 minutes)

Found this video on Ann Voskamp’s blog this morning, and so I’m just going to let her tell you about it, and then I have a recommendation for you:

“Waves and water, sun and summer….

“What makes beaches? What creates waves? What makes summer? Come see how God makes it all work!

“See an animated enactment of the science of seasons, learn how the sand under your toes got there, discover more about erosion, the water cycle, and the formation of waves and currents! A perfect accompaniment for those studying Explore His Earth!

NOTE: We love Ann’s geography book, and have used it in our own homeschool. It is just wonderful, and is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED by the Erskine family! Click the link above and check it out!

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