It has been awhile since my last unschool journal entry; paperwork seems to always be my area of default. When things get a little hectic, paperwork is the first thing to go, I think I need to get a digital voice recorder to record things throughout the day to capture things I want to write about later. Perhaps it would be a great exercise for me and a useful tool for recalling the happenings in our household when writing about it falls by the wayside. Usually this happens when old back injuries flare up making computer time very limited for me due to the pain it causes from sitting at the computer. In these instances, a digital voice recorder would come in real handy.
Both kids have been doing their share of researching on the computer as various questions have popped up. My son was playing his Nintendo DS when something popped up about George Stephenson so that was looked up. Apparently he was an English civil engineer and considered the father of railway as he developed the first public railway line in the world to use steam locomotives. His rail gauge is the world’s standard gauge measuring 4 feet 8 ½ inches sometimes called the Stephenson gauge.
We ate Brats one night for dinner and our adult daughter asked what they were made from. That led to the whole family looking it up and reading the fascinating history of Brats and what they are made from which varies depending on where they are made. In America did you know that Miller Park in Wisconsin is the only baseball stadium that sells more brats than hotdogs?
After noticing these tiny, elongated and almost clear bugs in a few of our books, our daughter wanted to look up termites reasoning the bugs she seen just may be termites. We looked them up in the various life stages; the jury is still out on whether our book bugs are termites or something entirely different. With all the pests and bugs in North Carolina I am sure it could be many number of insects.
Both kids have been researching and doing quite a bit of price comparisons on a numerous of items as well. From Webkinz to video games to the housing market there seems to be a flurry of comparing prices. With no surprise our daughter fell in love with a 9 million dollar home for sale in San Diego California! They have also been measuring each family member’s height this week.
A flurry of craft projects from our daughter keeps my house in a state of disarray of late. Seems our daughter goes in spells with things like this and I literally can clean the living room spotless, leave the room for 10 minutes to start on another room only to come back and find my living room utterly and helplessly trashed. Littered with scraps of yarn, paper, and cloth all cut to bits, toys, you name it. She certainly can trash a room faster than I can clean it! She really loves a clean room to get creative!
We have watched several movies but none that really stand out as memorable other than last nights Angels and Demons with Tom Hanks that went quite a bit into historical facts about the Catholic Church and the Vatican. It was really quite interesting although a little on the dry side for my suiting. The kids watched it but thought it was on the boring side as well. Other than that it mostly has been scary movies in honor of October!