Homeschool Lessons on Oil Slicks


| 8/29/2011 11:34:58 AM


Tags: Homeschool science lessons, Ecology lessons, Sarah Schartz,

Sarah S HeadshotJust like the old saying, the cat’s away, so we mice (that’s Little Man and I) are playing. Hubby got home mid-afternoon and the first question out of his mouth was “What’s up with the oil slick in the bucket in the driveway?”

 Well now, he should really know better than to ask those sorts of questions. I mean doesn’t everyone have an oil slick in a bucket in the driveway? No? Hmmm. We do. And there is a perfectly reasonable explanation. Really.

 Today after lunch Little Man and I went for a trip in my new kayak to the reservoir not far from our house. It was gorgeous, we saw turtles, a green heron, belted king fisher and the annoying passel of Canadian geese. (Why can’t the Canadians keep their geese in their own country?) Little Man practiced paddling the new kayak which was really just a lot of him splashing and me shrieking, “No not like that,” as I tried desperately to counter act his wild flailing and prevent us from capsizing. 

Of course what I imagined would be a serene paddle ended up being a running commentary on EVERYTHING whether or not it pertained to what we saw or not. After all he’s got a captive audience doesn’t he? We’re in a ten foot boat surrounded by water and unless I jump overboard (which gets more and more likely) I either have to answer the question or listen to it repeated five hundred, sixty-eight times. 

So, somewhere between, “But, Momma the buoy says ‘No Wake’ and we’re making a wake.” and “Those kayaks must be lighter than ours because you sit on top,” there was the question “Why doesn’t ocean water put out fires?” What? 

Let me tell you I was completely lost on this one and a tad afraid, but I proceeded. “Why do you think that ocean water won’t put out a fire?” 

cindy murphy
9/1/2011 7:14:06 AM

Hi, Sarah. I hope you're not only giving Little Man lessons on oil slicks, but passing along some of your humor as well! Funny story; it had me smiling the whole way through. Enjoy your day.


nebraska dave
8/29/2011 6:46:04 PM

Sarah, I'm not sure what it is about men and fire but we are just drawn to fire. Maybe it's just dangerous things that blow up that get our testosterone flowing that draws us to fire. I'm not too sure. We had a strong storm blow through an area about an hour from my house. A group of guys with chainsaws (dangerous tools) decided to help a church member clean up his property from the fallen or broken trees. The brush was piled up and set on fire (fire). You could almost smell the testosterone waft through the trees as the sound of chainsaws echoed across the orchard and the fire crackled in huge piles. Oh yeah. Oh yeah. We are the mighty mighty weekend warriors. Have a great experimental day.





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