Creation Week: On the Second day

Genesis 1: 6-8  6. And God said, Let there be a firmament in the mist of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.  7. And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so.  8. And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the first day.

Water is everywhere!  Oceans, rivers, ponds, and lakes are just the most obvious places we find water.  There is also water under the ground and there is also large amounts of water found in the air.  One of the most obvious places water is found in the air is clouds.  Clouds are made of mostly water and air.  A single cloud may contain one hundred to one thousand tons of water.  ( Just for fun identify the clouds: Cirrus clouds, Cumulus clouds, Stratus Clouds and Fog.)  Just for fun you can look up YouTube videos on cloud formation.

The air surrounding our Earth is called the atmosphere.  Our atmosphere is made up of many gases: 78% Nitrogen, 21% Oxygen, 1% other gases.   God created our atmosphere to sustain life.  The air around us provides life, protection from the sun, and keeps the earth from getting to hot or to cold.

Moving air is called wind.  When air’s molecules heat up they spread out.  When warm air expands it becomes less dense than the cool air which causes the warm air to rise.  As warm air rises cooler, denser air flows into its place.  Air is continually being warmed, and that warm air continually rises.  So cool air is continually taking its place.   This continual movement of air is what causes wind.

 

Here are some fun experiments to try:  1. The rain jar.  Set several jars throughout your yard in different spots.  After your first rain, measure the rain water right away.  You need to measure the rain water everyday and record your findings so you can tell how much water evaporated back into the air.  We do this during the Spring and Summer months.  This is a fun way of studying the water cycle.    2.  Make your own wind.  Find how many wind sources you can find in your home.  3. Make your own wind mill out of construction paper.

If you have any ideas you would like to share please share them in the comment section.

-Pamela Henry

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5 Minute Pickup

What is a five minute pickup?  Good question…..

Well five minute pickup is just that. Pickup as much as you can in a five minute time period.

  1. Your start by setting a timer.
  2. Get 2 to 3 baskets and a trash bag, you can use as many baskets as you need
  3. Get your children involved
  4. Pick an area you need cleaned up
  5. Give each child a Walmart bag

Once you picked your area. Get your baskets set up: one for clothes, one for toys, and you can put anything else in the third basket.  Have your trash can by the baskets. We like to use our extra trash bag for recycling.  The children can use their Walmart bags as a trash or recycling bag too.  Get your children excited about helping. You can give a prize or have a special treat. I like to make it a race to see who can pick up the most stuff, me or the children. Set that timer and then get to work.

You will be amazed how quickly your children will move to pick up stuff off of the floor just so the kiddos can beat you. This method isn’t about getting your room spotless, it is about cleaning up. I like to do this throughout the day so we can keep a handle on the messes.  Because my house can get messy and dirty throughout the day. This helps me keep my sanity, because I am a bit of a neat freak.

I will post some more this week on a few of my cleaning tips.  Not that I am a expert but I do have to clean a lot…..

-Pamela Henry