Living Joyfully!

One of my favorite resources for information about parenting and unschooling is Pam Laricchia on her Living Joyfully website, so imagine my extreme pleasure to see that Pam, herself, wrote a really fun review of the Wright on Time book series in her March 2013 Living Joyfully monthly newsletter!

Be sure to subscribe to her monthly newsletter! It’s always full of really great information about how to have better relationships with your children and how to live a more fulfilled life.

Kitt Peak, Arizona

Happy New Year! I’ll be posting most of my Arizona journal entries over the next several weeks, all in mostly random order, ’cause you know, random is one of my favorite words:

Today we went to the Kitt Peak observatory!

First we had to drive up Kitt Peak to get to the observatory. I could see little white domes from a while away. The observatory is named for the mountain, and I like that but it could get a bit confusing. Inside the gift shop there were Tohono O’odham baskets with very pretty designs. The observatory is actually on Tohono O’odham land.

There are 26 different telescopes being used at Kitt Peak. The largest here, the Mayall telescope, is 4 meters across! It’s one of the largest optical telescopes in the world! Kitt Peak also has the world’s largest solar telescope! I didn’t know there were so many of the largest telescopes in the world here. Aidan says that it’s freaky cool! I agree. Maybe sometime when we are back in Arizona and Aidan is old enough we can do one of the nighttime programs. I had fun at Kitt Peak and I think it would be fun to go to another observatory sometime.

Here are a couple of interesting links that show more about it.
http://www.noao.edu/kpno/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kitt_Peak_National_Observatory
http://www.noao.edu/outreach/kptour/mcmath.html
http://www.noao.edu/outreach/kptour/mayall.html

They are HERE: Flat Aidan and Flat Nadia

Just in time to take to Grandma’s house this weekend: Flat Aidan and Flat Nadia are here!

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Who and what are Flat Aidan and Flat Nadia?  They are cut out paper dolls similar to Flat Stanley.

Get out your cardstock (plain paper would work fine, too, but it wouldn’t be as thick) and print your Flat Aidan and Flat Nadia.  Color one, or both, cut them out, and take them with you on all your own adventures.  Then! Send me a photograph (to flat at wright on time books dot com) of your Flat Aidan and/or Flat Nadia exploring the world with you.  Please give me your child’s first name, age, and the location of where the photograph was taken.  I’m hoping to see Flat Aidan and Flat Nadia in all 50 states and many additional countries during 2010.  I’ll post the photos on this site for all to see, so only send me ones you would like posted! Let’s see how far Flat Aidan and Flat Nadia can travel!

Flat Aidan and Flat Nadia are illustrated by Tanja Bauerle.

Simon says, “Buy a book, get a button pin!”

Simon says, "Buy Wright on Time Books!"

My young friend Simon loves the new Wright on Time Books round 1.25″ button pins. There are 8 different styles and anyone who buys Wright on Time: Arizona, Book 1 and/or Wright on Time: Utah, Book 2 through me directly IN PERSON over the next month will receive their pick of styles (while supplies last). They can also be purchased at Zazzle.com for $2 each.

Teagan and Meredith enjoying the pinsSimon and Zoe enjoying the pinsWright on Time Books PIN Kids

Benson, Arizona

We’re in Benson! Today we took a tour of the throne room in Kartchner Caverns. It had lots of freaky cool speleothems like soda straws, cave bacon, curly fries, and cave popcorn. Aidan says that sounds like we went to a restaurant. We didn’t go to the big room, but it has turnip shields and a strawberry room. That’s a lot of cave food! Apparently the throne room has one of the world’s largest soda straw stalactites (21 feet 2 inches). The coolest thing in the whole cave is Kubla Khan (58 feet), the tallest column in Arizona!

It was a lot different going to such a large cave compared to the smaller salted cave we mined in south of here.  It was fun going on a tour with lots of people.  I even earned a really cool Girl Scout badge!

Here are some links for more information about this cool cave in Benson, AZ:

Here is a really fun Cave Formation Find-a-Word that Aidan and I enjoyed doing:

Let me know if you’ve found any other caves in Arizona that you’ve been to.  Please comment below and add links. My Mom makes comments get approved before they show up, but they will!