Monday, May 2, 2016

Fossicking for Fossils (Poatina, Tasmania)

Recently the homeschool families went on a field trip down to the creek to fossick for some FOSSILS! There are some AMAZING finds in one particular spot and we certainly found some fantastic samples.
Hannah Cooper (from ROCKsalt Arts) lead the talk and showed the children different rocks and what to look for when searching in God's wonderful world!
 These are dolomite rocks and are very easy to find at the top, surface level of Poatina.

 
Wonderful example of smokey quartz lodged in the ground.
 Finding FOSSILS!!!
 Sea shells and what looks like a starfish! AMAZING!!!
 
 Sophia and Mrs Dougal extracting a rock from the side of the path.... what will be on it??
 
Now the rock is out, look what is in/on it.... Lots of delicate shell print fossils!
What a super cool time of discovery and wonder and learning and finding! I've taken some of the fossils we found to the Queen Victoria Museum (In Launceston) to have them assessed! Can't wait to find out exactly what we found. YAY for fossicking!
Smiles The Torrents'

Monday, April 18, 2016

Dancing Corn experiment (great for Harvest/Autumn)

With the cooler months here and some more fun to be had with corn, the children and I did a Dancing corn experiment! It was SOOOO successful, we all loved it! SO much so that we demonstrated it at the Children's Home school show and tell Morning tea here in Poatina!
All the directions and what to do are from the link.... give it a go it's a real WINNER!!!
 Everyone took it in turns to stir or add ingredients.
 
 Is it dancing yet???
 Now to add the vinegar.....
 Can you see the excitement in Sophia's face now that 
something unexpected has began to happen!!
 Now look at the joy! LOVE THIS!! We have clapping!
 
 
 We all watched it for ages, little corn kernels dancing around in the jar!
Gotta have more fun science days like this.... ROLL on the new term!
Smiles The Torrents'

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Wonderful World Wednesday - Deer spotting and a bush walk!

I am truly in my happy place when I'm out in nature! Since moving to Poatina there has been many an opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors! This walk was full of wonder as we had a good friend come along with us and he is a keen deer spotter!!
 
 

He told us how deer rub their antlers on young trees to scratch themselves and also to remove the velvet coating that is on their antlers. He spotted quite a few trees that were totally DEER LOVED and could tell us if it was from this season or last when it was used!
 
He found some tracks, (though this pic doesn't really show them very well) where there was clear evidence that a doe and her young had been walking together!

As well as all the deer facts we also found some fossils! WOW these are sooo awesome to come across!! I get SUPER excited when discovering a fossil!! (which I've only ever done since moving here!)
 
 Sophia liked this rock in particular as it looks like Tassie or a love heart.

Lastly we found these HUGE animal burrows, they really were HUGE!!! Wombats we were thinking but no sign of "doings" near the entrance made it hard to know for sure.
Autumn mushrooms are also popping up!
 Heading back home and time for a selfie with Sophia, 

 
 
 
So that was our Wonderful World Wednesday, truly wonderful in every way!
Smiles The Torrents'

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Corn crafts for kids - Husk Doll

 
With Autumn well and truly here we have been busy with some seasonal crafts together with the Poatina Homeschooling group.
The very sweet Mabel and her lovely Mummy (Mrs Heather Copper from RockSalt Arts
talked us through making a Corn Husk doll! It was really quite tricky for some but with much determination, and a few melt downs we all ended up with a doll. During the "corn" talk we found out HEAPS of fun facts about corn!
Did you know
*each corn silk (that's the hairy bits on the top of the corn) is connected to each kernel! If it isn't pollinated then it wont grow the yummy corn to eat!
* You can drink corn silk tea!
* The male part of the flower is at the top of the corn stalk and the female is the corn silks!
Corn will always have an even number of rows on each cob
*  Corn is a cereal crop that is part of the grass family
 
  
 

 
 Every bodies wonderful Corn Doll creations!
 
 
 Looking forward to our next activity together!! Yay for Homeschooling group!
Smiles The Torrents'
 

Happy Easter - He is Risen {Poatina Sunrise Service}

 
  Easter morning! Photo by Sophia
 
 A NEW day!
(pic by Sharnee)

What an amazing Easter we have had, our first one in Poatina! Good Friday we headed up to the Arts Center for a Prayer vigil from 6-12pm. The children's time slot was 6-7 were we acted out the some of the Easter story. Hannah ended up playing Jesus.
 The disciples gathered around for the last supper, 
"Jesus" saying how one of them would betray him.
 In the garden praying by himself.
 After seeing Pilot (Paul in this case) Jesus had to carry 
His own cross ready to be crucified.

Then today we were up there again ready for the Easter Sunrise, prayer, story reading, breakie and fellowship with other "villagers" which was truly AWESOME!!!!
So to you all I say Happy Easter! He IS RISEN!! (Just like the wonderful illustration Hannah drew in the church today!!)
Smiles The Torrents'