Little Star Homeschool

"Do not train children to learning by force and harshness, but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each." Plato

I phoned my mum the other day to arrange a meet up in town and whilst we were chatting she mentioned a theory my brother in law has been expounding and claiming as his own.

The temperature of Heaven can be rather accurately computed. Our authority is Isaiah 30:26,

"Moreover, the light of the Moon shall
be as the light of the Sun and the light
of the Sun shall be sevenfold, as the
light of seven days."

Thus Heaven receives from the Moon as much radiation as we do from the Sun, and in addition 7*7 (49) times as much as the Earth does from the Sun, or 50 times in all. The light we receive from the Moon is one 1/10,000 of the light we receive from the Sun, so we can ignore that ... The radiation falling on Heaven will heat it to the point where i.e., Heaven loses 50 times as much heat as the Earth by radiation. Using the Stefan-Boltzmann law for radiation, (H/E) temperature of the earth (-300K), gives H as 798K (525C). The exact temperature of Hell cannot be computed ...

[However] Revelations 21:8 says

"But the fearful, and unbelieving ... shall
have their part in the lake which burneth
with fire and brimstone."

A lake of molten brimstone means that its temperature must be at or below the boiling point, 444.6C. We have, then, that Heaven, at 525C is hotter than Hell at 445C.
A quick Google and I find his theory is common knowledge and bearing in mind my mum is 81 and has no access to the world wide web I think it unfair to preach as fact something which is obviously meant as a joke. I also find it remarkable anyone would not see that this is a joke of some kind even if it is in very poor taste.

Its Christians like my brother in law who reinforce my belief that churches only encourage ignorance.

So here's the coloured in net.

Here's the finished model after the paper net was stuck onto thin card.

In geometry the net of a polyhedron is an arrangement of edge-joined polygons in the plane which can be folded (along edges) to become the faces of the polyhedron. Polyhedral nets are a useful aid to the study of polyhedra and solid geometry in general, as they allow for models of polyhedra to be constructed from material such as thin cardboard. Source Wikipedia

This morning we have been turning these printouts into 3D models and talking about shapes and their relationships. We looked at a screenshot from a PS2 game and tracked down the 3D shapes that make up animals, people and buildings. The models are simply made from printer paper but would be improved if the flat sheets were stuck onto thin card before being cut out. So the models in the photo are prototypes.

Robert would also like to colour the panels and add patterns on PhotoImpact before constructing the polyhedron on the next set we make.

Saturday night I fell into bed at 1.30am after diligently cleaning out all my email inboxes, I have 4 major email accounts some of which receive forwarding from other addresses. I was just nodding off at 2am when Robert shouted me. It would be another 3 hours before I could rest my eyes again. He had a stomach bug which inevitably involved 2 bed changes and much to-ing and fro-ing between bedroom and bathroom. If I had known I wouldn't have risked a late night and would have got my head down by a sensible 10pm. Anyway at 5am Robert's stomach abated and we slept til 8am when we did a rerun. Every sip of water recoiled..."I've got springs in my tummy" he wailed. Sunday morning passed by in a blur, Sunday afternoon I had to go in to work and John took over the nursing. I got home just after 7pm to find the "springs" had recoiled all over John. This morning Robert woke feeling much better. I've spent most of today washing and ironing bedding. Now I know why my mum kept so many old sheets and pillowcases "just in case" its a good thing she got me to do the same.

I popped into town with Robert this afternoon so he could stretch his legs and get some fresh air. Also we just had to fetch Charlie and Lola 8 which was released today. Now bearing in mind the backdrop of the last day and two nights in which I have barely left Robert's side as he has been cuddled in my arms. I literally came to a stop in the middle of the street my eyes fixed on a young mother who was resolutely ignoring her son thrashing about in his pushchair and crying his eyes out. I gave her one of those looks, you know the kind that says..."well aren't you going to DO something?" but she glanced back with hollow eyes, there really was nobody home.

BTW Sunday was my 18th wedding anniversary. We married at 11 am on the 11th day of the 11th month. I like serendipitous stuff like that.

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