next two weeks in homeschooling

time/clocks & calendars; our senses (as in, human sensation & perception); Virginia; Louisiana

This post is partly just to let friends & family know what we’re up to. But it’s also to solicit ideas: please share ideas for activities and art projects, links to videos and images, personal anecdotes, stuff we should look up, or whatever you’ve got!

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  1. Sarah
    Posted 23 February 2013 at 5:33 PM | Permalink

    Do you guys know about Radiolab? I’m guessing you do, but in case you don’t: it’s an awesome public radio show/podcast–and they’ve definitely done a lot on sensation and perception. They do hour long episodes and “shorts” that are more like 5 or 10 minutes. You’d want to prescreen I suppose for scariness/intensity but I think Noah might get a lot out of it. If you go to their website, with a little poking around you could find relevant stuff for you all:

    • Molly
      Posted 24 February 2013 at 8:41 PM | Permalink

      I do catch Radiolab from time to time, and am pretty much always fascinated, but I guess I associate it with lots of sort of bittersweet or philosophical mentions of death/mortality? So I hadn’t thought of it as a resource for learning with Noah. Will do now that you mention it!

  2. Posted 23 February 2013 at 5:36 PM | Permalink

    The Massachusetts Historical Society actually holds one of the largest collections of Thomas Jefferson’s papers, including many of his architectural plans and his “farm book” and “garden book,” where he kept notes and accounts related to Monticello. They’ve all been digitized, and you can explore them at our website:

    I realize it’s kinda “dead white rich dude” history, but I think the drawings are pretty cool, and since Noah is interested in the natural world, he might find the gardening and weather notes fun to play around with.

    • Molly
      Posted 24 February 2013 at 8:44 PM | Permalink

      That’s a great resource. (Dead white rich dudes are people, too! Mustn’t accidentally leave them out of history, hahaha.) But wow, I find the casual lists of enslaved people’s names gut-wrenching.

  3. Posted 24 February 2013 at 8:51 AM | Permalink

    Time zones and why we need(ed) them.

    Daylight Savings Time!

    • Molly
      Posted 24 February 2013 at 9:33 AM | Permalink

      Ooh, good points. Thanks!

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