“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” – Albert Einstein
It was the last day of classes at Glebe Elementary, a school in the Arlington County School District. Children were cleaning out their lockers and skipping down the hallways, happy in the knowledge that they were on the cusp of summer break. Everywhere you could feel that slightly chaotic excitement students and teachers know all too well, except in one fourth grade classroom.
We can't believe July is already here! It feels like just yesterday we were telling you about 2015's best science activities for the 4th of July. We're back with a list of 2016's best activities to keep your child entertained this long holiday weekend without putting them in front of a TV.
Earlier this month, a Greek archaeologist claimed that he had found the tomb of Aristotle in the village of Stagira. Konstantinos Sismanidis, the researcher in question, had been leading an excavation in northern Greece for 20 years in a region known as Greek Macedonia. He presented his claim in a paper presented at the Aristotle 2,400 Years World Congress, which marked the 2,400th anniversary of Aristotle’s birth.
I have a love hate relationship with sharks. I love them in gummy form, when they’re behind glass, or when they’re on my TV in their annual special. But put me in the open ocean surrounded by sharks and it’s a thing from my nightmares. That being said, one of my favorite times of the year is coming up this week. Shark Week starts Sunday June 26th and that means sharks will be filling our TV screens with mostly informative specials about sharks and why we should be fascinated by them.
Have you ever wondered where the summer break actually came from? Not all societies observe this 10-week sabbatical. It’s very much a part of western culture to spend the hottest months of the year out of the classroom. Some speculate that the break coincided with the agrarian lifestyles of the 19th century, when students headed out to the fields for annual harvests. In fact, that’s not true…before the 19th century, children regularly attended school in the summer season. Farmers and even backyard gardeners can tell you that the two big seasons for crops are Spring and Fall – planting and harvesting seasons respectively.