Fire Wife…& other mom’s educating their little ones…
Often in the fire realm young families are in the “out-back” and quite isolated from the educational opportunities of larger urban centers. Young families are also usually pretty tight with their family budget. So, here are a couple of excellent internet sites that provide some “real time” outside stimuli and educational resources right at your fingertips:
OMSI (Oregon Museum of Science and Industry) is part of an online science network which provides teaching modules you can access for free. Lots of cool stuff to sift through and links to other such places across the country. I think BQ and I are going to explore the “Understanding Water Fountains” module…which includes….”Making Your Own Fountain.”
Monterey Bay Aquarium has an excellent site with five LIVE web cams so you can watch the sea life there at Monterey Bay, Calif. facility. When I checked to see if the site was still operational before posting this, I clicked in just in time to see a huge sea turtle and a sun fish swim by. There are sharks too. My two favorites are the Outer Bay Cam and the Otter Cam. The Outer Bay Cam lets you listen to the music they have playing in the exhibit which is really cool. The Otter Cam is just plain fun to watch. I recommend you don’t leave the Cams page open for long periods though. It costs them $$ to accommodate the data flow. If you’re not watching it, click to another page.
One of my worst problems raising little ones in isolated Forest Service compounds was the lack of access to anything stimulating. (Yes, I know…the woods hold mysteries and lessons of their own….) I would have loved to have access to stuff like this back then.
Hope it helps.