My goals have always been to do simple, easy science at home and making science part of everyday life/conversation.
My goals from last year and how I met them:
- I want to be still blogging weekly about the wonderful scientific world around us.
**Blogging weekly has been a challenge this year. We're having a new nerdy addition joining our family in April, and though I've been blessed with no morning sickness, pregnancy is no walk in the park. We talk about math and science all of the time in our house. Translating interesting and thoughtful lessons to the blog became the bottleneck.
- I want to continue Science Saturdays in the Park, hopefully starting back in February or March.
**Science Saturdays have been a real gem in my life. I have so much fun sharing science and conversing with families who have similar passions. We had one per month from March - October (except May), with many new lessons including: Squishy Circuits, Magnet Detectives, and Ice Cream in a Bag to name a few. Every time we pass a park where we've had a lesson, J states that's a park for science and which science we've done there.
- As J grows, I want to establish worksheets, puzzles, and games that keep his mind active and help him learn new science and math concepts. These would be shared with my blog followers.
**I have not been able to much progress on this goal. I did make a worksheet for the M&M math for preschoolers.
- I want to learn how to draw to help with the worksheets and activities listed above.
**I still suck at drawing anything.
- I hope to have a website to go along with this blog.
**Ya, this goal was supposed to be completed by June 2012. I have all of these ideas of what I want it to look like, how I'd like it to function, and the features I'd like it to have. Unfortunately, the little html knowledge I have will not translate into a website that I can be proud of. I will maintain the domain name with hopes of one day having a website.
- I hope to have time to join the bigger community of Mommy Bloggers. There's so much we can learn from each other.
**Thanks to suggestions from my friend MaryAnne of Mamasmiles, I joined the Kid Blogger Network and have connected with many other parent bloggers.
- The most popular posts: baking soda + vinegar blows up a balloon and water density and the floating egg.
- The most popular pin from Pinterest: model lungs in a bottle.
- The most popular Facebook post: melting ice and colors.
- The most searched for term: balloon racers.
- Most referring traffic: Hands On As We Grow
- Thanks for featuring me in the Top 10 Water Experiments for Kids
For 2014, my goals are:
- Give birth to a healthy baby girl.
- Show Miss Baby J the world through science, hoping to add on to my baby science tag.
- I secretly hope J gets in on the lesson creations for Miss Baby J. I just love how his mind works! And right now, there is nothing sweeter than him reading to the baby and explaining the pictures and what big words mean.
- To continue bringing simple, fun science to young children through Science Saturdays and community outreach programs.
- Develop some fun supplemental science and math worksheets.
- Blog more about science that does not need set-up/clean-up time: how science in our everyday life and how to think like a scientist.
- Continue to develop and grow the relationships that are formed by networking.
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