Friday, July 31, 2015
Sunday, July 26, 2015
Saturday, July 18, 2015
Saturday, July 11, 2015
Thursday, July 9, 2015
Sunday, July 5, 2015
We just celebrated another 4th of July weekend in Island Park. As the kids get older, I know that traditions and schedules will begin to conflict with life. So I try to enjoy these beautiful days. Driving up Sawtelle mountain, we found entire meadows covered in wildflowers. When the kids were little we took pictures of them in the same meadows. We did the same today, but they were each trying to capture the images on their own phones and cameras so they make their own memories. Fun to watch. I hope this place with moose and osprey and flowers and geysers will always be an important part of their lives.
Saturday, July 4, 2015
Friday, July 3, 2015
Thursday, July 2, 2015
We had visits from the Burley Fire Department, ISU and Dr. Shropshire, Lynn Manning with his candy cannon, and Dale Dayley who taught us about fiber optics. During the teacher training, we had Rob Mayer teach us about phonograph construction, John McClusky teach us about medical illustration, and Bettina Throckmorton helped us find our artistic side.
I am so grateful we have talented and willing people in Mini-Cassia!
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Our theme this year allowed us to spend more time on the creative process that is so critical in the STEM subjects. On day 1, I saw the teachers taking that element and just making some amazing things happen. In all the years that I have been doing film canister poppers, I never thought to add a little washable paint and launch them on paper. The exploding art was awesome!
The kids have their favorites, like solar ovens and lava lamps. So I am glad we choose to do some activities more than one year. But the new activities were so fun to watch! We used the brick lab and magnetos to build structures, then we put those designs and structures on solar paper to see the impressions left after some time. Their 3D designs became 2D pieces of art.
I will post a few days in a row just to capture some of the best shots. Thanks to CSI Community Education, Cassia and Minidoka School district teachers, the Burley Fire Department, Dale Dayley, and Dr. Steve Shropshire of ISU. The laser show at the end was the perfect way to end a great week!!