Guest Blog for The Planetary Society!

Good news, everyone! My recent article, How I Gave My Preschool Class Mars Fever, has just been published as a guest blog by The Planetary Society!

I feel so honored to be involved with this organization. They do exceptional work in the name of planetary science, ranging from political advocacy, to rigorous scientific research, to grassroots education. From my experience so far, the Society is filled with exceptionally kind people, as well! 

Hop over to The Planetary Society's website and take a look around! If you like what you see, consider buying a membership. It doesn't cost much, and your donation puts us one step closer to securing our "place in space"!

Preschool Lesson Plan: Light & Color

The stunning effect of a diffraction grating
Light is mesmerizing, and color is fun! My preschoolers agree. Here's how I framed the potentially complex topic of optics for a group of 2-3 year-olds.

How I Gave My Preschool Class Mars Fever

It all started when we read a book called, There's Nothing to Do on Mars, by Chris Gall.

Credit: Chris Gall/Hachette Book Group, Inc.

It's a story about a young boy, named Davey, who moves to Mars with his parents and has to find ways to entertain himself. At one point, Davey finds "an old toy" in the dirt.

Color Blindness - How Does It Work?

A struggling student of mine inspired me to research a topic I've never quite understood. Here's what I learned...


Here are some links with further information about color blindness, and resources for people with the disorder.
Webvision - Physiology of the Retina
We Are Colorblind

The Milky Way - It does a body good.

Credit: NASA/Garan
Photo of Perseid meteor, taken by astronaut Ron Garan aboard the ISS, 2011

My husband and I went out on a whim tonight to catch a glimpse of the Perseid meteor shower. A huge, burnt-orange, crescent Moon sat just above the horizon, on the edge of a crystal-clear sky. As we drove farther and farther from the city lights, one shy star after another peeked out to greet us. When we finally found a refuge from the highways, streetlights, and bright porches, we parked the car and laid out a blanket on the hood.
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