Piano and CMNH Class

Today S8 had her piano lesson at Nelya’s. It went very well. Thanks to her prior music experience with violin, she has already finished one of the books. She is very eager and Nelya spends a lot more than her typical 30 minutes (lessons are averaging 45 minutes each time). I want to pay her more because she is doing a lot more than we agreed on.

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Nelya’s son, T9, was home today. He and O7 entertained each other with his iPad while S8 had her lesson.

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S8 had to check it out at the end, too. Like moths to a flame…

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After our lesson was finished, we scooted to Pittsburgh for our science classes at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. S8 had a busy time of things. They made a model of an eyeball, which she found rather disgusting (but gamely finished anyway).

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O7 did not want to go to her class. Normally, I would chuckle and shoo her in, but she seemed genuinely terrified. Her face went white and then she started to hyperventilate and cry. I do not know exactly what an anxiety attack looks like, but this seemed like one to me. We took the day off and went to the park instead.

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While I very much wanted her to have the opportunity to learn in her class, it is not worth it if she gets physically ill. We went home afterwards and read about similar material in our Mammals book while S8 attended her Symphonette rehearsal.

CMNH Class: Week 2

Today we attended the second of six classes in the Spring 2013 series at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History.  We missed week 1 since we were at Kalahari for our homeschool conference.

O7’s class is called “Animal Adventures”. 

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When I dropped her off, they were looking at meal worms under a microscope.

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S8’s class is called “Eye Spy”.  Today, they dissected a calf’s eyeball and looked at it under a microscope.  S8 was a little squeamish about it.  I regret mentioning it to her ahead of time, because she has been dwelling on the eyeball issue for a few weeks.  But she got through it and even wrote a little note about measuring eyeball sizes in class.  Next time, they get to look at a squid eyeball.  I think she was hoping they were done with eyeballs.

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Eye spy class #2

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In the evening, S8 went to her Symphonette rehearsal.  She is a lot more optimistic about the music this time.  I think her sight-reading skills have really taken off and it’s helping her manage the sheer volume of music.  In her Suzuki lessons, we only work on a few short pieces at a time.  She has six lengthy (and difficult) pieces for Symphonette.  But not having to memorize it all takes a lot of the pressure off and makes it more enjoyable.

CMNH Science Class: Week 6

Today was the last of this series of six classes at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History.

In S8’s class, they brought home their specimen box (read: egg carton) with different rock samples.

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She also brought home a class observation journal, which they kept throughout the class. I scanned a few pages for reference- the entire book is in our science folder.

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S8 also got to bring home the giant paper icosohedron. It got a little beat up trying to fit it in the van, but it survived enough to show DH later at home.

In O6’s class, they brought home their mummified hot dogs, a folder with the papers from the class, and a big blue hippo she made out of papier mache.

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Here, O6 is explaining her sarcophagus. It is in a shoebox, which is supposed to be its temple.

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Scarab:

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Sarcophagus:

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Hot dog mummy:

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Inside shot of the sarcophagus:

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Lid:

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Servants for the afterlife:

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CMNH Science Class: Week 3

Today the kids attended their third of six science classes at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History.

In O6’s class, they learned more about the importance of the Nile River and talked about hieroglyphs.  They wrote their names in hieroglyphs (a cartouche) and did an experiment on river deltas.  They also made a musical necklace called a Menat (or menit).

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In S8’s Rockhounds class, they talked about crystal facets and the different polyhedrons that crystals can form. They made models of some of the polyhedrons, including a tetrahedron and octahedron, and then S8’s big tour de force: the icosahedron!

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She also got a piece of copper for her egg carton. (The egg carton is a collection of mineral and other samples relevant to this geology class.)

In the evening, S8 went to Symphonette practice. Miss Tina was helping her and she came out very excited to have been able to play a lot more than the previous week. All of her hard work is starting to pay off!

CMNH Science Class: Week 2

Today we attended our second of six classes at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History.

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In S8’s Rockhounds class, they learned about different types of rocks and the Mohs scale of hardness. The kids had to sort rocks into different types and arrange them in order of hardness. They also broke up pieces of coal.

In O6’s class, they talked about architecture. The kids saw examples of columns and arches, visited the architecture exhibit in the museum, and acted out different types of structures (arch, dome, etc).