Monthly Archives: May 2014

Join us for Tidbits & Tales today!

Teeth are an important factor in keeping us healthy. Teeth bite and chew food so that it is small enough to be swallowed when we eat. Teeth also help us to form our words so that we can speak properly!

In the 1900’s many people used to have all their teeth taken out when they were in their early 20s.  Often it was sort of a birthday present from their family!

In those days, ‘real’ dentists were few and far between, plus it was expensive to have any dental work done and many people could not afford it. It was thought that having all their teeth out and wearing false teeth meant that people wouldn’t have any problems or pain from teeth again for the rest of their lives! 



Muffins with Mom


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Solar Panels

A solar panel is made up of many small solar cells. Each solar cell uses light to make electricity.

We see electricity at work every day. When a person turns on a lamp, electrons move through the cord and light up the bulb. That flow of electrons is electricity.

Solar cells use light to make electrons move. The cell is made up of two different layers that are stuck together. The first layer is loaded with electrons, so the electrons are ready to jump from this layer to the second layer. That second layer has some electrons taken away. It is ready to take in more electrons.

When the light hits an electron in the first layer, the electron jumps to the second layer. That electron makes another electron move, which makes another electron move, and so on. So the light started a flow of electrons, or electricity.

Solar cars have been developed in the last 20 years and are powered by energy provided from the sun. They get their power from flat solar panels on top, that take in the sun light. A solar powered vehicle can only run efficiently when the sun shines, although most vehicles of this type have a battery backup. Electricity is stored in the batteries when the sun is shining and this power can be used when sun light is restricted (when it’s cloudy).

History of Mother’s Day

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, it’s only natural to wonder where this widely popular and celebrated holiday originated and evolved.

The origin of the famous holiday goes back to the era of ancient Greek and Romans, although roots of Mother’s Day can also be traced back to the UK, where a celebration called ‘Mothering Sunday’ was held much before the day in honor of mothers were celebrated elsewhere in the world including the US.

However, the celebration of the Mother’s day as we see it today is thanks to two great woman named Julia Ward Howe and Anna Jervis.

Julia Ward Howe
Julia Ward Howe was an activist, writer and poet was the first to suggest the idea of an official celebration of the Mother’s Day. In her famous Mothers Day Proclamation, written in Boston in 1870 she wrote a passionate appeal to women and urged them to rise against war. Suggesting a day of honour for Mothers on June, she also initiated a Mothers’ Peace Day observance on the second Sunday in June. Her idea, backed by her relentless campaigns and calls for the official day later spread and replaced Mothers’ Peace Day.

Anna Jarvis
Anna Jarvis, who is often referred to as the ‘Mother of Mothers Day’ is considered to be the founder of the celebration in the US. The activist was inspired by her own mother Anna Marie Reeves Jarvis, who wanted to see the existence of Mother’s Day.

After much lobbying, campaigns and awareness programs, her hard work paid off. By 1911, almost all the states in the United States celebrated Mother’s day. On 8 May 1914, President Woodrow Wilson signed a Joint Resolution designating the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day.

Present Day
Mother’s Day has endured. It serves now, as it originally did, to recognize the contributions of women. Mother’s Day, like the job of “mothering,” is varied and diverse. Perhaps that’s only appropriate for a day honoring the multiple ways women find to nurture their families, and the ways in which so many have nurtured their communities, their countries and the larger world.

Check out these websites for more history on Mother’s Day!
Mother’s Day: History & Origin
National Women’s History Project

It’s National Pet Week!

National Pet Week is May 4-10, 2014. Always the first full week in May, National Pet Week is dedicated to celebrating the more than 200 million pets that enrich our lives each and every day.

National Pet Week was created in 1981 by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the Auxiliary to the AVMA to honor the many important roles pets have in our lives and to promote responsible pet ownership. Whether companion, comedian, confidant or protector, our pets are always there for us and don’t ask much in return. National Pet Week celebrates this bond and encourages pet owners to be certain they provide their best friend with all they need for a happy, healthy life every week of the year.

Yahoo posted an article today on 10 Things Parents Should Do for Their Pets During National Pet Week, including:

Check out this website for a list of activities on National Pet Week for children in grades 1st-4th grade!

Be on the lookout for these upcoming programs!