black girls swim

mercyGirl is on a local swim team
and loving it.
she’s naturally competitive
and enjoys pushing herself to do better.

firstSwimMeet

she recently had her first mini-swim meet.
whew! why didn’t anyone tell me how long those meets are.
still, i was proud to see my little-bit to do her thing.

watch her go!

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homeschool day at the national building museum

just when i thought we’d have to skip this year’s program
because there was nothing new for my girls,
the National Building Museum added more exciting and relevant topics
to their children’s programs this past January.
radianceGirl became a cartographer for a couple hours
while mercyGirl and signGirl built a green roof.

as with all workshops at the NBM that my girls have been to,
they didn’t just talk about stuff;
they designed/built stuff too.
isn’t that what architecture is all about?

the overlay of this map shares her vision of her neighborhood done her way.
the overlay of this map shares her vision of her neighborhood done her way.
just add soil to these homes for a sustainable green roof.
just add soil to these homes for a sustainable green roof.
found some good reads in the building zone
found some good reads in the building zone

while the big girls were doing their workshops,
prayerGirl was really diggin’ the Building Zone.

girls can dig, too
girls can dig, too
the ultimate sandbox for a rainy, cold winter day
the ultimate sandbox for a rainy, cold winter day

the next NBM Homeschool Day is in March.
at $10 a session, some programs are already sold out.

see you there?

homeschool at the navy museum: all about optics

it was all about optics last december during homeschoool day at the Navy Museum.
they explored lasers, prisms, reflection, the concepts of convex and concave,
learning all about light waves, colors and how light behaves.

these razzle dazzle stripes are used by zebra and ships in the US navy to confuse attackers.
these razzle dazzle stripes are used by zebra and ships in the US navy to confuse attackers.
cool color-mixing glasses
cool color-mixing glasses
examining objects under a magnifier
examining objects under a magnifier
periscope fun
periscope play
kaleidoscopic mirror fun
kaleidoscopic mirror fun

ideaventions: engineering, robotics & optics (oh, my)

we’d already seen 1001 inventions twice,
but the national geographic museum kept us coming back with
its free, hands-on workshop with Ideaventions
exploring modern applications of historic innovations.

the girls used digital microscopes,

ideaventionsMicroscope

programmed musically-inclined LEGO robotics kits to play the drums,

ideaventionsRobotics

and used the engineering cycle to design, build, and test structures
on an earthquake table.

ideaventionsArchitecture

watch signGirl have her structure tested on the earthquake table: