Astronomy

For the past month Mr. D and I have been studying Astronomy.  Our main resources have been Charles Kovac’s Geology and Astronomy and the Astronomy block from Bearthschooling.  I divided our block into three weeks.  The first week was focused on the sky and the sun.  I told Mr. D some myths about the sky from different civilizations and then he wrote his own myth.  We then discussed the path the sun takes at the Equator and the North Pole.

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Mr. D then made a sundial and spent a day charting the path of the sun in our backyard.

Week 2 was all about the stars and the moon.

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These are some of the books we used.

We did some reading about different constellations and Mr. D drew his favorites in his main lesson book.

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We drew images of the star paths and the cycles of the moon.

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Week three’s focus was the planets in the solar system and ancient astronomers. Mr. D was also given the task of assembling and figuring out how to use our telescope, a gift from one of our cousins a few years ago. Unfortunately with all the rain the last couple of weeks we haven’t really got a chance to use it.

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I told Mr. D some of the stories of astronomers Ptolemy, Copernicus, Brahe, Kepler and Galileo. We then plotted them on a timeline and will add them to his larger timeline that includes all of the ancient civilizations.

We had a lot of fun with this lesson block and I think Mr. D’s interest has been peaked. To round everything off we are reading George’s Secret Key To The Universe by Lucy Hawking and the two follow up books.

Me Made May Days 2 & 3

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Days 2 and 3 for Me Made May are my favorite socks. I have a pair in purple as well and I just love them.
A few years ago I decided that I wanted to knit my own socks. A daunting task, I decided to take a class at the wonderful Purple Purl http://thepurplepurl.com with Kate Atherley. She not only taught us the basics of sock knitting but also gave us the details on how to create our own custom sock size. Kate has a lot of great patterns http://kateatherley.com
I have since added the Magic Loop to my sock knitting repertoire and plan on knitting two socks at once next time.

Me Made May

This is my first official Me Made May. The challenge is to wear something self made each day for the month of May. I already have a handful of pieces that I have made over the past year and I hope to make at minimum one new piece a week to round out my homemade wardrobe.

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This is the Tessuti Favorite Top. It is not my favorite and I’m not sure if it is the pattern or the fabric. The fabric, which felt quite heavy on the bolt, is really light once seen up. It has also puckered on the seams. I don’t think stretch knit is my sewing preference.