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Face the Music and Dance!

In Pictures, Short on March 25, 2013 at 10:37 pm

I’m in the middle of getting things together for my open house, but I thought I’d take a break from scrubbing old window frames and gathering pictures to give you a little update. ūüôā

I found a dress for the homeschool group’s dance! ūüėÄ Meg says it’s hot pink, but everyone else says it’s red. ūüėõ It’s strapless, so we’re either going to get a shrug or Meg may try to add straps (The ones in the picture are just tucked in). I’m not sure which one, but either way it will be black. ūüôā I really love it!¬†While the dancing will be similar to¬†Contra¬†dancing, it’s basically a prom.

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We’ve started watching Doctor Who. I’m now officially a nerd (as if there was ever much question lol). ¬†With the combination of Lord Of The Rings, Star Trek (two series), My Little Pony, and now Doctor Who, there really is no denying it. Yes, I am a Pega-sis. Hannah got me hooked. It was kind of¬†embarrassing until I found out there were others. lol

The other night I was almost to sleep when a train went by. Now, this isn’t a big deal, we live in a bend in the tracks. Trains go by many times a day and all through the night. In the nearly three years we’ve lived at this house I’ve gotten used to it and heard different trains. Usually you can hear the whistle, and sometimes the rumble. Every once in a while a really heavy one will go by and you can feel it. This train was different. I kid you not, it sounded like the TARDIS. That woke me up. I listened for a while and figured out it was a train, but it still sounded just like the TARDIS.

Book club had been really fun! Last time the genre was sci-fi and I read Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. I’d seen the movie but I hadn’t read the book. Oh my goodness. It was so funny! There wasn’t much of a plot line, which would bother me in most books, but it was so funny that I realize it was plotless until I was done with it. I highly recommend it. The techno babble, artificial¬†intelligence¬†gone mad (sometimes literally) and just out-right craziness! I can’t wait to read the next book!

Well, that’s all I’ve got for now. Allons-y!

Freedom!

In Farm and Family, Musings, Pictures on March 22, 2013 at 10:41 pm

I started doing the Snoopy Dance early this month. I went in to take the GED. Since I took it on the computer I got my scores back right away. ¬†I didn’t quite dare to hope to expect to pass math. I nonchalantly looked at my scores and asked a couple questions about scoring. Then I went out to the car. Then I started ¬†Snoopy Dancing. Well, not actually dancing, at least I don’t think I was…

I passed math! 54th percentile! Then I started dancing  even more. I only missed a couple of the science questions! 99th! The more scores I read the more excited I got. All but math were in the 90s!DSCF9467

I didn’t get my writing score right away because it had to be graded by someone, but I added my scores up and as long as I passed I would have over 3000 points.

The freedom of not having math looming over my head is amazing. I really can’t describe how wonderful it feels to not have school work (other than reading that mom and dad want me to do)

I got my diploma in the mail a few days ago.DSCF9498

My online teacher recommended that I apply for scholarships. I never thought I could go to college. I’m not sure why, it just wasn’t ever something I had considered. I think part of me thought I wasn’t book smart enough.

To be brutally honest, this is the first year I’ve really done any school. Mom taught me to read for about 3 years and once it finally stuck I just read stuff. For science I read science books, all the way from basic anatomy place mats to dads college textbooks, and stuck anything I could find under our microscope. Social studies is the hardest to pinpoint. You just kind of pick it up. Math is, was and probably will always be my worst enemy. I truly just didn’t do it. I learned to add and subtract and the basic principle of multiplication and that was enough for me.¬†DSCF9505

I think a key to this style of schooling is fostering curiosity. We’ve always had all kinds of books around the house, but the microscope has always been one of my favorites. What does this type of leaf look like compared to this other one? What happens when it is cut, torn or crushed? How are they different? Comparing different people’s hair or fingernails.

Curiosity is what pushes you to read a book you may not have otherwise. It’s what pushes you to build thing and unwittingly learn the physics of a¬†pulley¬†or a fulcrum. Life may be a classroom, but curiosity is what keeps you from falling asleep during class.

I’m¬†certainly¬†not saying I’m done learning or that our relaxed style is THE best one for EVERYONE. It would be¬†hypocritical. Learning is not a one size fits all thing (scarves are about the only thing I can think of that are).

I can’t believe I’m done.

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