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Archive for August 18th, 2006
"Life should be all living, and not merely a tedious passing of time; not all doing or all feeling or all thinking—the strain would be too great—but, all living; that is to say, we should be in touch wherever we go, whatever we hear, whatever we see, with some manner of vital interest…The question is not,—how much does the youth know? when he has finished his education—but how much does he care?"
Remember a long while back when I posted about a raptor that ate its lunch in our backyard? And we weren’t sure what kind of hawk it was? Well, a helpful reader called in the experts, and it looks like we finally have an ID:
Here is what a raptor biologist friend said when I emailed her. Hope
it helps. Also, thank you for posting this because my oldest two kids
and I had so much fun yesterday trying to figure out what it was. They
got to use their newfound knowledge and I got to learn so much. It was
Here is the email response—
"I’d say Sis is right—it’s a Cooper’s and probably a 1-year old,
judging by eye color (which is difficult to tell in that photo). It
could be a Sharp-shinned but it looks too big to be one of those.
Sharpies and Merlins aren’t much bigger than the bird it’s eating. The
kind of slate-grey feathering on the back and head can look bluish. ~K "
Thanks so much, Jo and kids, for helping us solve this mystery!
The Bookworm tagged me in her homeschooling meme, so here goes:
1) ONE HOMESCHOOLING BOOK YOU HAVE ENJOYED
2) ONE RESOURCE YOU WOULDN’T BE WITHOUT
The Real Learning booklist.
3) ONE RESOURCE YOU WISH YOU HAD NEVER BOUGHT
Right Start Math. I know it’s a great fit for some, but all that prep time! And with my kids begging to watch the Math-U-See dvds FOR FUN all the time, why did I even think I needed more math curriculum anyway? What can I say, it was an impulse conference purchase (several years ago).
4) ONE RESOURCE YOU ENJOYED LAST YEAR
Last year. Hmm. See, this is why blogs are a good thing. Let me check my archives. (Interjection from Rose: "Greek!") Aha! I’ve got it: Journey North. We joined with a group of online friends and had a ball charting photoperiods and deciphering clues to mystery locations around the world. Can’t wait to do it again next year.
5) ONE RESOURCE YOU WILL BE USING NEXT YEAR
6) ONE RESOURCE YOU WOULD LIKE TO BUY
An audible.com subscription and then whatever device I’d need to be able to play audio books for all of us to hear, including in the car.
7) ONE RESOURCE YOU WISH EXISTED
A really good weekly current events newspaper for kids.
8) ONE HOMESCHOOLING CATALOGUE YOU ENJOY READING
FUN-Books! I’ll take one of everything, please.
9) ONE HOMESCHOOLING WEBSITE YOU USE REGULARLY
10) TAG FIVE OTHER HOMESCHOOLERS
(Because I know all my Real Learning pals will get tagged by one another. Just in case, all of you consider yourselves tagged.)