I have the unbelievable good fortune of having, for once, a well-timed writing assignment. That is, I’m penning an Advent devotional aid….during Advent. Yes, it’s for 2014, but still. Anyone who’s engaged in writing these kinds of things can tell you that the work more usually involves writing about Good Friday on Christmas Eve and Advent on Pentecost.
So..no excuses on this one!
Saw the Google Maps car this week, parked at the library branch a block from my house:
Also, I’m thrilled to discover that with the leaves down, I can see downtown Birmingham from my house. A nice view. Better than the photograph, of course.
A spectacularly successful science demonstration this week - construct your own light bulb from batteries, wires, alligator clips, a toilet paper roll and a mechanical pencil lead. It worked great – and led to lots of discussion and research on a variety of subjects: circuits, batteries, metals, the history of the light bulb…and so on.
Also successful was the science center’s homeschool class squid dissection. As per usual, I had the student teach the rest of us what he learned the next day, and it was clear he’d been engaged. One of my Facebook friends did a cow’s eye dissection with her kids a few months back. We did that in fifth grade, and it was really one of the more memorable educational experiences of my childhood. Maybe we’ll give that a shot, too!
My dad was pre-med for a few months, and used to tell the story of having his cat on which to practice dissection. Like, in the dorm shower. He’d haul it out and study.
We’re not doing that.
(By the way, if you want to be a part of the digital expression of my homeschool hopes and dreams (read: fantasies) follow me on Pinterest, where, between the hours of midnight and 1 AM, I can often be found pinning my fabulous finds and plans into the ether…which is where they stay most of the time…predictably….
Huntsville Tuesdays are over! FLL competition happened...and while it was fun and all, the team didn’t do well enough to make it to state. Live and learn.
I’d considered doing some Hunstville Thursdays in January (classes at the Space Center) – but you know what? Nah. We’re good. January is pretty busy, what with basketball and all.
Art class! From the 9-year old, who is not happy with this – his efforts from his third art class – because it falls short of perfection, but I’m impressed. (It’s ink, with the emphasis in the exercise being to keep focused on the subject – a white pitcher and a white teapot – not the paper. ) (It also got cropped in the scanning, and I’m too lazy to do it again right now) He came back with a story told by his teacher of an artist who had his students study the objects they would be drawing, but then run up a flight of stairs before they could begin.
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