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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Homeschool Day 5: Foiled

Today we studied the stars.  Okay, not literally because the sun was out, yadda, yadda, yadda.  But today we tackled our first Astronomy lesson since yesterday we chose the zoo over science.  We enjoyed reading through the lesson and discussing the heavens, God's purpose for the heavens, and man's study of and exploits in the heavens.  We memorized the order of the planets using the mnemonic phrase provided in the textbook: "My Very Early Morning Just Started Under Nancy's Pancakes."  Buddha had them down after one or two times through and he's excited to write his own mnemonic phrase.  Bugga is still working with me on memorizing them, but I'm obviously not pushing him at the ripe old age of three.  I have noticed that there is a marked increase in how much more information is retained and how much more easily it is retained when one can read.  I am so excited for the day when Bugga can read the way Buddha can, but I guess right now I'm content that Bugga likes to look at books and likes for me to read to him.

We had planned to do the project at the end of lesson one - building our own model of the solar system out of balloons - but we were foiled three-fold.  First, by my forgotten visiting teaching appointment that I remembered only just in time.  Second, by my fussy baby.  And third, by inaccurate supplies.  Could someone please tell me if there even is such a thing as a balloon tiny enough that you can blow it up to only a 1/2 in. diameter?!  I'm skeptical.

I. AM. EXHAUSTED.  Keeping up with home, homeschool, baby, meals, and church calling today had me running about like a chicken with my head cut off.

But you know what?






And HALLELUJAH for that!

Bugga doing the muffin match game from Diane Hopkins' Happy Phonics.


Courtney said...

What? There is no replacing science with the zoo. The zoo IS science :)

I can't wait until we do astronomy. There are so many exciting things to learn about! But that's next year. Biology this year (hence the zoo many trips to the zoo that we take ;)

Liz said...

Courtney! You're right! Thank you for the reminder. :D

It's funny because I get excited for all the things we aren't doing in our homeschool this year . . . including Biology. :D I just want to learn it all now! How fun to be able to learn with my children.

Courtney said...

I'm the same way. History is the worst for me, that and of all things Math. I want to ignore them and learn it all myself at my own pace and not bother teaching them because it just slows me down :)

Fortunately I know better and I'm pacing myself and just studying more on the things they are learning as well.