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Month: February 2012

Leap day.

February 29, 2012
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I have a brother who was born on February 29 and we somehow manage to find a way to treat him like however many 29ths he’s had in his life, not how many years he has been with us. On his 36th birthday, but his 9th actual birth date, we took him roller skating to…

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Water Drops on Wax Paper

February 23, 2012
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As with most quality science experiences, the materials are simple (water, wax paper, toothpicks and food coloring), but the science learning is complex. Look at the concentration on this child’s face. On wax paper, water will bead up into a dome. Water will cling to a finger, straw, or toothpick and can be led around…

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Presidents’ Day.

February 20, 2012
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Have children bring in pictures of their favorite President and ask them why they chose that particular one. Discuss how many presidents we have had. This is somewhat of a tricky question, since some have served more than one term. Since we live in Kentucky, design top hats (like Abraham Lincoln wore), beards from construction…

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Ah, Valentine’s Day.

February 14, 2012
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It is much more commercial in recent history than it was when it began hundreds of years ago. It took on a more marketable characteristic in the Middle Ages. During the 1900s and 2000s, it has grown significantly. Valentine was a Saint in the Catholic faith, although in 1969, he was “down-graded” in importance. Nonetheless,…

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February 2nd.

February 2, 2012
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February 2nd. This is the day each year when a groundhog emerges and, depending on whether or not he sees his shadow, supposedly predicts how many weeks of winter are left. Many communities have week-long festivities in anticipation of the emergence. The most famous, of course, is Punxatawney Phil. He lives in Pennsylvania but all…

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Celebrate National Wear Red Day on Friday, February 3, 2012

February 1, 2012
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Heart disease is still the No. 1 killer of women, causing 1 in 3 deaths each  year.  This means women just like you – mothers, sisters, friends – are dying at the rate of one per minute.  In fact, in the time it takes to read this, another woman will die from heart disease.  It…

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