Inspired by a little-known picture book from the pen of Bethany Tudor, this is a diary, of sorts, where I document some of my thoughts, activities, and ideas as I explore the challenges met by the characters in the story: hard work, the care and nurture of others, housekeeping skills, life changes, charity, community, and cooperation, among others. Like Samuel and Samantha, the ducks in the tale, I struggle and succeed, cope and celebrate, work and play, handling the tasks that come my way. I invite you to join me on my journey.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Opera Meets Science

Once again, Judy at Consent of the Governed has provided her readers with an online tidbit that I just can’t pass up. Being the parent of an opera enthusiast/teenage composer and a musician myself, I am always eager to examine learning tools that utilize music. In this case, opera (more specifically, the “Modern General” song from The Pirates of Penzance by Gilbert and Sullivan) is being used to teach the periodic table of elements. Get your kids/students to memorize this and they just may do better in chemistry. Memorize it yourself and you may just gain some neurons. "The Elements Song" was created by Tom Lehrer. Enjoy!

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