Resources that We Love
The past few weeks we have really enjoyed Physics Girl on YouTube. I have tried to introduce her before and the teens balked at watching her videos. However, they love her now. I guess they needed a stronger understanding of physics before they could really understand and enjoy her videos. She is fun, lively and very smart. Her experiments are fun and she travels the world to amazing places such as CERN. She brings our least favorite subject alive.
We are in the final stretch of our unit study of The Hobbit. We should finish it on Monday or Tuesday. We really enjoyed it, too, and the discussion questions from Memoria Press added to our understanding and the richness of the text.
We are also learning so much from the book, Fault Lines in the Constitution: The Framers, Their Fighters and The Flaws, by Cynthia and Sanford Levinson. What a fascinating book; it really gives understanding to all of the red tape and stalemates that we experience in government today.
Anne is really enjoying the free Rockettes class that is posted each week on the Internet. It is a great addition to her quarantine dance life.
When we aren't busy with our academics, we are trying to enjoy the outdoors more and more. Yes, staying home is getting really old. Even though our state along with most of the others is slowly starting to reopen, it doesn't mean we as a family are planning on running back out there too soon. We will wait and see for awhile what will happen. I suspect that we are going to have a huge spike in illness. Everyone must decide for themselves what risks they are willing to take. We are enjoying our yard and going to hiking trails on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
We have had a few bonfires in the last week or so. We are putting the Ash tree we chopped down to good use, and it is giving us lots of enjoyment. We sometimes tell ghost stories, make roasted marshmallows, whittle sticks and generally enjoy a calm, media-free hour by the fire. Anne is holding a phone in one of the pictures because she was trying to capture a picture on it.
We also had a marvelous photo shoot in the woods one day. The whole family went, but only Anne wanted her photo taken. Anne is always eager to do dance shots in different environments. She got lots of attention from people we passed on the trail. (Most people don't go hiking in a leotard and broken pointe shoes. lol) She did wear boots during much of the three mile hike.
So I ventured out into the world to get more groceries. The shelves were bare in the cleaning, toilet paper, baking and meat aisles. There was a scattering of other products on the rest of the aisles. One could get everything else, but not of the same brands or sizes I usually choose. I hear that the local chain grocery store still has some of the items that others don't have, but I also am hearing so many stories of how rude the customers are being and that they aren't practicing social distancing. Also, the workers are barely being protected. I am just not desperate enough for toilet paper or cleaning supplies to venture in there yet.
I hope all of you are safe and sound.