We had some fun in the rain out in the garden earlier, painting with light and trying out long exposure photography with some cute results 🙂 Enjoyed that, will have to think about how to expand/refine that as a project. The photos don’t show up very well when they’re small, so click to see properly what we were trying to write or draw!
Meanwhile, it’s been a productive few days. On Monday there was no riding, still, as the ground was frozen solid and there was a very heavy frost. On Monday afternoon, however, Emily and Gramps had a ball looking at Lissajou figures; years ago, my Dad made a meccano thingy to make those figures and he’s written an excel file which allows you to mess around with them no end, which Emily was very keen to do after the lesson finished too, so she took a copy of the Excel file onto her laptop and spent a happy hour 🙂 Screenshots in the gallery (and I still can’t work out how to put more than one bloody gallery in a post – it’s annoying having to lump all the photos together!).
Yesterday we went to the opticians and discovered that Emily’s vision (with glasses) is considerably better than 20/20, so is improving a lot. She’s chosen some beautiful, delicate frames for her next pair. Also bought some new boots for me so I don’t have to tramp round a freezing cold London in open toed shoes!
Violin practice is going very, very well, although the clip on tuner we bought was completely useless. Regardless, it’s now tuned much better than it was before and Emily’s progressed to the first three fingered notes on the A string, having mastered all of the open strings, three fingered notes on D and the D major scale. She practised alone at the weekend and did a fabulous job. So far, the only days she’s missed since her birthday was Monday, when we just ran out of time. Discovered that we could do with a music theory-ish book, mind. Found this one on Amazon, so we’ll give that a go.
Home ed wise, apart from photography, computing and music, Emily’s been doing more maths, English and history. In maths, we’re looking at calculating four point moving averages and using them to forecast (for instance) seasonal temperatures. In English, this morning Emily whizzed through some grammar work on adverbial clauses of time. History is continuing our work from last year on the renaissance – we’re on chapter two at the moment, looking at the beginnings of renaissance art. Emily’s DIY assignment this afternoon was to research and write a piece about the life of St Francis of Assisi and Giotto’s paintings of him. She did very well 🙂
I had another minor astronomy triumph the other day when I managed to find – drumroll please – the Andromeda galaxy with my binoculars. I was indecently excited, even though it was just a fuzzy white blob 🙂 🙂 Its been cloudy and wet since then, but I’m looking forward to trying to find a few other things soon. I was impressed and jealous of Helen’s lovely picture of Jupiter and its moons through her hired telescope! At our end, Gramps took some more beautiful photographs of the moon, shown in the gallery – click on them for a closeup so you can see the detail.
And finally, Emily’s bullied me onto Twitter 😉 – I must admit that I’m finding it very bewildering, to be honest, not helped by the damn site’s refusal to acknowledge that I have, in fact, confirmed my email address. But I suspect it will grow on me. My account is http://twitter.com/#!/HomeEd_Grows_Up 🙂