Friday, August 25, 2017

Homeschool Highlights - Eclipsed

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Homeschool news  . . . We're not officially back to school until after Labour Day, but Kennady finished doing some review in Algebra this week, and I guess a couple of the fun things we did could be counted as field trips if I wanted to. We took a trip to the Columbus Zoo with our son and daughter-in-law and granddaughter, so that had some educational value.

We found out that Kennady is shorter than an Asian Black Bear. Shorter than any species of bear, I believe, although the others don't show in the picture. Not sure how useful that information is, but fun fact, nonetheless.

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Even some music at the zoo, with African drums and this oversize xylophone.

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We picnicked at a park in Columbus on Sunday afternoon, and the symphony happened to be rehearsing for the open air concert they would give later in the day. We couldn't stay for the concert, but we did sit and enjoy the rehearsal for awhile.  Music Appreciation class.

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And like everyone else, we were fascinated by the solar eclipse that happened on Monday. That was a travel day for us, so I hadn't thought ahead to get eclipse glasses, but it turned out that it was overcast and cloudy where we were during that hour, so there really wasn't much to see.

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Seriously. About as good as it got. We could see the crescent shapes in
reflections and shadows, but that's about it. And it did get noticeably
darker during totality. (Okay, about 80% totality)

Other news . . . We drove to Columbus last Thursday night, arriving late, but we still got a good night's sleep and then spent the next three days with this sweetheart. And her parents.

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Our visit included the zoo, and a day spent at a park, as well as attending their church, playing games, eating out, and just hanging out with them.

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We got home Monday, which meant back to work and our other usual routines on Tuesday.

What's New . . . we're working on establishing new schedules for the school year. I've just switched up my work schedule to accommodate co-op classes. Kennady will work one day a week for just a couple weeks into the school year, while it is still busy at the greenhouse, but we're also working on figuring out her school schedule - whether she'd be best working on every subject every day, or and what pace we should aim for. I've got most things entered in the Homeschool Tracker lesson plan, and was thinking that she could finish early this year! Not saying that's what will happen, because that would require a lot of consistent hard work, and I've just finished saying she's going to work one day a week for a little bit. But it's a great goal to have, and might prove to be a good motivator! 

Funny, Flop, or Fail of the Week . . .  Well, I mentioned that I didn't get eclipse glasses, and that was my homeschooling fail. I'd originally thought that due to work and other scheduling things, we probably wouldn't be able to see the eclipse anyway, and by the time I realized that we would, in fact, be driving during that time and could stop to watch, there were no eclipse glasses to be had anywhere. And not being at home, we didn't really have cereal boxes and all of that to make our own pinhole viewers. Oh well. As it turned out, the view where we happened to be was rather a flop! We enjoyed the pictures and video that others shared and will hope for a better first-hand look in about seven years! Ha! Another fail was Kennady's lunch on Thursday. She messaged me at work quite put out because I hadn't included a dessert item in the lunch she took along to work. So apparently all the Good Mom points I'd been earning were all forfeit because of that oversight. Go directly to lunchbox jail - do not pass Go - do not collect $200. My Get Out of Jail card was the fact that I'd sent fresh raspberries the day before and she still had some of those left in the fridge. Whew!

I'm not sure it's still happening, but these Funny Fails were shared in the spirit of a weekly link-up called Friday Funnies, Flops, & Fails hosted by Doodlemom's Homeschooling Life. If she's still hosting that, I'll link up.

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On my blogs last week . . .

And on my book blog, Just A Second:

Recent Reads - The Captive Maiden
Wordless Wednesday - Columbus Zoo
Teaser Tuesday/First Chapter First Paragraph - The Lightkeeper's Ball
What I'm Reading - August 21, 2017
Scripture and a Snapshot - More Than Conquerors

Just A Second is where I share book reviews and other book-related things, and update on what's on my bookshelf. This week I finished and reviewed The Captive Maiden by Melanie Dickerson, and I've been reading:

Egypt's Sister: A Novel of Cleopatra by Angela Hunt
The Lightkeeper's Ball (A Mercy Falls Novel) by Colleen Coble

A parting shot . . .

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Joanne said...

We couldn't find any glasses anywhere either and, quite frankly I was too lazy to make three cereal box pinhole creations for what I knew would be a quick glance. Luckily those that had glasses seemed more than eager to share and we still got to see our partial eclipse.

Unknown said...

We're in the no glasses club too! We made the cereal boxes but honestly we couldn't tell anything in our area. It did get a little darker (like cloudy). I think the glasses would have helped - maybe. Loved the zoo pictures!!

Deann H said...

Columbus zoo looks so fun, with the instruments, sea turtle, and komodo dragon!

zekesmom10 said...

Looks like you had a busy week! We tried shoeboxes as viewers and had eclipse viewers. It isn't something we wanted to sit around staring at for a couple hours and we only had about 56% at totality, so we were in and out every 20 minutes or so and watching live shows of people at totality. I was so glad we didn't travel for it. The boys would have gone nuts, sitting and waiting!

Rodna Allman said...

That sounds like a fun trip! Beautiful pictures!

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