Monthly Archives: September 2015

Monday Moonday


Last night’s Super Blood Moon was incredible and of course none of my photo-taking apparatuses could even come close to taking a good photo. I love those kind of things. I’m usually paying attention to cool astronomy stuff, just because it’s a hobby of mine. But I love when things go mainstream and everyone takes a minute to appreciate it.

So we had the Moon on the brain today for the first day of the week. I planned out a few things I thought Fern might be interested in and we did about half of them. We might revisit it tomorrow. It was just too nice of a day to be inside, so we went to the forest for the rest of the afternoon.

I’d like to share what I planned anyway, to give a good chunk of Moon inspiration in case anyone is looking for ideas.

Spelling words: Moon, land, fly, space, man, woman, view, eclipse, rare, dust. I like to mix in words that are helpful to learn, even if they aren’t as interesting. We mostly do spelling practice so Fern gets a feel for sounding out words that she can already read as she’s writing them. She’s expressed an interest in learning to spell, so I’ll go with that for as long as it lasts.

Make a phases of the moon poster for our house.

Make craters in a dish of flour by dropping things from above to simulate space debris and asteroids.

Watch this video of the Moon Landing .

Make a moon base out of cardboard, lego, or minecraft. Consider the hierarchy of needs, the lack of atmosphere, the length of the trip, etc.

Watch Wallace and Gromit “A Grand Day Out”

(Watch “A Trip to the Moon” and get sidetracked talking about silent films)

Welcome Fall

After Max went to sleep I invited Fern outside to light a few candles and welcome fall. I used to hate summer and love the fall and winter, but since I’ve had kids that’s completely switched. I have dreaded fall and winter, the long grey months, the relentless rain. It’s really hard to homeschool in the fall and winter, because being stuck inside is not fun or inspiring. But this year I’ve decided to embrace it. I can do it. I’m not going to succumb to the dark grey days, I’m going to celebrate them. I’ve kind of reinvigorated myself recently, and found that things I used to love still have a huge presence in my life, even though I have these two humans to care for. So Fern and I wrote out our wishes for the darker months and we burned them outside. Fern grabbed obsidian, pyrite, buckeyes, thundereggs, etc. and put them in the center of the candles. We talked about being a team and helping each other, and how lucky we are to spend every day together. Welcome, Fall. We’re excited to see you again.




My robust school schedule quickly dwindled after the first two weeks. Lots of family/life stuff happened and it didn’t make sense to keep going so rigidly during those weeks. We hosted co-op days, took a ton of field trips, built a lot of stuff, visited family, cooked food, etc. I’m going to plan out a few weeks in advance for next week and see how it goes.


One day last week we went to Lower Macleay Park in Northwest Portland. It’s a really incredible trail that goes all the way to the Pittock Mansion. It’s super Old Portland. This trip was kind of weird though because there were so many joggers and so many dogs that were allowed to take dumps on the trail! It was disgusting. I’ve never really experienced that so grotesquely in any of our hikes around Portland, ever. So bad.

But the forest itself is quite breathtaking.