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Have you heard the one about the homeschooling family that lives on less than $22K a year in an area that costs above 100% (116%) of the National CoL Index?

I haven't quite figured out why so many people still persist in perpetuating the myth that living on a single income and homeschooling on a dime aren't possible. I can only suppose these are people who can't imagine life without a daily trip to Starbucks and dinner out several times a week. The people who actually shop at malls (*shudder*) and think "Brand Name = Best". The people who really live by the "Keeping up with the Joneses" mentality.

That? Would not be us!

Welcome to our world. We cook from scratch. Buy from thrift stores. Find 95% of our homeschool materials for free. This is my blog and this is how we do it.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Fun with Dad.

Looking for something fun (& free) to do with Dad tonight? How about a little star-gazing? It's awfully hot to be outside during the day, but once the sun is down, if you're fortunate enough to have clear skies, you might want to see if you can identify some of the star constellations.


You might want to print THIS SHORT GUIDE TO ASTRONOMY which includes some star charts and basic info to help you know what you're looking at. You can also visit THE BEGINNERS' GUIDE TO ASTRONOMY for more help and information. And then there's this one - ASTRONOMY FOR KIDS!.

The NASA SITE has star charts you can print, along with a game to play to challenge one another on finding specific constellations.

After your outdoor adventures, go on an "Outer Space" visual odyssey online - also courtesy of the HUBBLE SITE to view God's amazing universe.

This is a sneaky little way to work in a bit of homeschooling, but if you don't tell Dad or the kids, they'll never even know it. :) You can extend this into a full summer school unit for younger kids by registering at LEARNING PAGE (it's free) and creating a wall mural and notebook of outer space. (In the themes section. There's a LOT there. Just click on the "Space" tab and then be sure to check each of the links - "Fact Files", "Fun Sheets", "Murals", etc. for lots of free print-outs.) Older kids might enjoy the THINK QUEST ASTRONOMY page. (Be aware, this site and many others on outer space have a definite "Big Bang" bent.) And THIS SITE is meant for high school aged students, brought to you by NASA. Visit the teacher section for lesson plans and printables.

Last, but not least, your kids might enjoy BECOMING VIRTUAL ASTRONAUTS.

Have fun and Happy Father's Day!



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