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Are You Prepared for the Solar Eclipse on August 21?

This has become quite the anticipated event!  The must see of the year!  And to be honest, nothing makes me giddier as a homeschool mom than to be able to witness something like this!  What an educational opportunity!  It works out perfectly that we are doing Apologia Astronomy this year anyway (picked before I even knew about the eclipse – it was G’s request for science this year.  And Chapter 2 is on the sun!  So it plays right in to our schedule!)

Are YOU Prepared for the Solar Eclipse on August 21?
Viewing tips and homeschool helps for the Solar Eclipse
Homeschool Activities for the Solar Eclipse:
Solar Eclipse Viewing Tips:
Tip #1 – Know what a solar eclipse is.

From Wikipedia:

As seen from the Earth, a solar eclipse is a type of eclipse that occurs when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth, and the Moon fully or partially blocks (“occults”) the Sun. This can happen only at new moon when the Sun and the Moon are in conjunction as seen from Earth in an alignment referred to as syzygy. In a total eclipse, the disk of the Sun is fully obscured by the Moon. In partial and annular eclipses, only part of the Sun is obscured.

See more about a Solar Eclipse.
Tip #2 – Know when to look based on where you are located!

Space.com has a great guide to the solar eclipse so you can look up where the best viewing spots are, when you need to be watching and what you can expect to see (not every where in the US will be able to see the total eclipse, but a partial eclipse is great too!)

Tip #3 – Be Prepared!   Safety first!

The most important thing to note about the solar eclipse is that you MUST have eclipse viewing glasses to safely view any portion of the eclipse.   (Except when totality occurs if you are in the totality zone.  Then you can take them off until totality is over.)

There are several ways to make a pinhole viewer for looking at the sun that can be used during the eclipse.  It’s actually one of the activities in Apologia Astronomy and we just made one this week.  We’ll still use out eclipse glasses during the eclipse but if a pinhole viewer is all you have, it’s a good option!

 

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Barnes and Noble Summer Reading Program (Free Book for Kids!)

Kid’s can earn a FREE book this summer from Barnes and Noble for reading eight books from May 16 to September 5,  2017, with their Summer Reading Program!

Fill out the reading log and when it’s full (8 books read), take it to your local Barnes and Noble and pick a FREE book from the list of selected books.

Summer Reading Program is for Grades 1st-6th.

I always let G record 8 books from the library summer reading program into his Barnes and Noble reading log.  Double duty!

Don’t forget that Homeschool Moms (and Dads) can sign up for the B&N Educator’s Discount Card!

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May 18, 2017 – Last Day of School!

We did it!  We made it to our last day of school!  There were so many setbacks during the month of April – I had a car wreck that caused us to lose 2 weeks of school between recovery time and car shopping and G got a nasty stomach virus – that I wasn’t sure we were going to make it to the end of the year.  But we did!  Hooray!

Also, on this day, May 18th, I graduated from high school….16 years ago.  WOW.

And, holy growth spurts, Batman!  Did anyone else’s kiddos GROW LIKE WEEDS this year?

Look at this comparison picture!

We definitely went from little boy to all grown up this year!

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Pizza Hut Book-It Program for Homeschoolers Enrolling for 2017/2018

We did the Pizza Hut Book It program two years ago and we started it this past year but then I did a TERRIBLE job of keeping up with it and we didn’t go past the first month.  What a shame!  I am going to do better for the upcoming year!

Book It is enrolling homeschoolers (Kindergarten thru 6th grade) for the 2017/2018 school year.  Sign up here. 

Not familiar with the Book It program?  When you sign up you’ll receive a kit that will help you keep track of your child’s reading goals.  When they have met the goal you can reward them with a certificate for a FREE personal pan pizza from Pizza Hut!  (Drink purchase required)   In your kit you will receive 6 free pizza certificates – one for every month from October to March.  One certificate, per child, per month may be used.