The first third of the year has flown by. Determined to not let April slip through my fingers before I posted a fresh blog entry, I have emerged from my hibernation ready to enjoy the longer days. It is time to start gardening, walking labyrinths, and writing about my adventures.
For the past three months, home-schooling my daughter actively has taken much of my time. The hours we have spent together have been joyous ones, filled with all of the things we love. Some of the highlights of the highlights have included:
Cooking and Baking
My daughter received Paula Deen’s ‘My First Cookbook’ as a birthday gift from her grandmother in September, and has made her way through a large amount of the recipes in this collection.This evening she is cooking the Meat Stew recipe. Other recipes she has tried over the past few months include Sloppy Joes, Egg Salad, and the “Bulls Eye” open egg sandwich.
Online Science Classes
My daughter took 2 online classes with science educator Gloria Brooks, known as NatureGlo to her students. Marine Biology II and Nature Connections were the subjects. For marine biology she prepared and gave a live presentation about seahorses. She also created a seahorse mask and talked to our UU congregation about how seahorses have become endangered. For Nature Connections, she began keeping a naturalist’s journal, in which she has drawn and written a number of entries.
The classes that my daughter has attended with our home-schooling coop include one focused on The Human Body, one about Maps and Biomes, and one she is currently involved in that is explores the history and physics of Flight.
In addition to constructing models of things she is studying, she loves to put together puzzles, build with Legos, and make pictures with tiles, like the one in the photo above.
She is working her way through the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan. She just finished The Battle of the Labyrinth and is waiting for a library copy of The Last Olympian to become available.Riordan’s books have inspired her to read more stories based on Greek Mythology from the Daulaire’s book, and to listen to tapes about the subject.
In March, the two of us traveled to visit my aunt and uncle in Florida. We visited Sea World, Homossasa Springs Wildlife State Park, Crystal River Archaeological Site, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and Sea World. At sea world, she saw live sea horses and sea dragons, and had her picture taken with tropical fish inside their tank.
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