Boredom….Be gone!

Boredom is the sign of a small mind!  ~Dr. Salter
Wow! How many times do we complain that we are bored or there is nothing to do? A  lot! The quote above is one that all of us can take to heart. My mom came up with an idea to help us not to be bored. We have a Boredom Jar that is full of things little papers that list things we can do when we say we’re bored. Here are some examples:

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  • Reading
  • Cleaning a bathroom
  • Write a letter to someone
  • Bake something
  • Organize
  • Bringing the dog on a walk
I’ve even created my own jar that has almost 30 slips of paper with different things on each one! Most of the time boredom boils down to laziness. We just have to think of the other things we could (or should) be doing instead! If you have other activities for me to put in my Boredom Jar, or have tried this yourself, I would love to hear about it. Just leave a comment!

Forget TV. Read…Aloud!

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Hello everyone! So, summer vacation is drawing to an end and there are only a few more weeks until school! Sometimes these last weeks can seem like there is nothing to do and that you just want to get back into a schedule. A lot of times the answer to most people is TV. Well lately I have found a great outlet for my time! Reading!

Now, I know your saying, “Um…I knew that” Wait! I think that reading ALOUD is more challenging and more fun and exciting. I have been reading to my siblings out loud and they are really enjoying it. It’ s better for your eyes/brain then TV is and it is actually very challenging.

You don’t know how many times I stumble over my words and sentences, how many times my sisters laugh at me because a word like “wait” turns into “wheat”…or something like that. Oh, and for you mothers reading my blog…my mom is giving me a penny a page. I just finished reading my sisters The Little House in the Big Woods. That has 238 pages in it. Hey, I just made $2.38 by reading to them! The book we are reading now is a classic Nancy Drew book (The Secret of Larkspur Lane). So, tell me if this works for you! I would love to hear about it!

Also, I’m so happy that I now have 40 “email followers” on my blog. The goal for the end of this year is 50. If you haven’t become a follower enter your email address and click the “submit” button on the right side of your screen. You will get an email when there is a new post so you can come check it out! It would be great if you could pass this around to your friends and tell them to follow as well! Thanks!

Have you seen a horseshoe crab?

Have you gone to the beach yet this summer? Well I did jut a week ago for five days. We saw a lot of beautiful shells. We also saw 7 horseshoe crabs! After we left Charleston I decided to do some research on them.

The first horseshoe crab I found I flipped over. It has little legs underneath the shell. Horseshoe crabs are not dangerous but handle them gently if you find one. You may have heard that the horseshoe crab may hurt you with its tail but it is only used as a rudder to guide the crab through mud. It has two visible eyes on the top of its head (my sister said that she saw it blink); it can only see three feet away.In the 1900s horseshoe crabs were used as fertilizer after they had been dried. I read that the Red Knot bird is a main predator to the eggs. However this bird may become extinct. The predators of the adults are mainly sharks, large sea birds and large fish. Horseshoe crabs are actually not crabs, they are related to the sea-spider. There mouth is underneath their shell in the center of its ten legs.

I am thankful that I was able to see so many of these interesting animals! If you have any questions let me know, I also would love to know if you have ever seen a horseshoe crab!

Visit to Roper Mountain Science Center

I went to the Roper Mountain Science Museum in Greenville. It was AMAZING, I loved it! I got to do a lot of interesting things like hold a Black Rat snake. I wasn’t too thrilled at first! The Black Rat snake is cold-blooded like all snakes.

The name of the snake I held was Pepper. The snake I held was a special Black Rat snake because it had a bit of white on its stomach which is unusual because they are usually all black. I held other snakes like the Corn snake, Ball Python, etc. I saw a common Green Iguana. It eats fruits and vegetables. Its long tail is used as a whip to frighten predators. I also held a White Lipped tree frog. It was sticky and a good-sized frog, though not huge. It jumped right out of my hands!

 After we were done looking, touching and holding these fascinating animals we went to a room where a man was talking about bees. Wild bees live in empty dark places like caves. If the bees have too much space they will make extra honey. They eat pollen and nectar in order to make honey. Typical nests have 1,000 workers, 100-200 males and only one queen! The queen has a scent that only her colony can sense. The worker bees groom the queen. Though the queen is called a queen she never makes any decisions, she just lays thousands of eggs! The nest is kept at 90 degrees year around!!

When we were done learning about bees we went outside where I went to the last one room school-house in Greenville County built in 1838! The kids went to school only in the winter from November to the last day of March. They went to school from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. They spent a whole hour on cursive! Teachers used the Bible as the main book because that was one of the few books all families had. The punishment for a boy who talked in class was that he had to wear a bonnet and sit with the girls!! We got to go see a lot of other very interesting things…like going to the Planetarium where we learned about the stars and planets. In Psalm 107:4 it says that God named each and every star in the sky!! It was amazing to see God through all of this!!

I really hope you enjoy the pictures. If you want more information on the Roper Mountain Science Center the following is a link to their website:

http://www.ropermountain.org/