I've been getting emails from companies who want to sell me solar eclipse viewing glasses for months now, so we've been geared up and ready for quite a while. I remember seeing a solar eclipse in 1991 from my front porch in Albany, NY and it feels like yesterday. Unlike today, all of us made pinhole glasses from paper towel rolls or shoe boxes and didn't worry about retinal damage, or approved lenses or any other such thing.
There has been a lot of talk on Facebook this week about Amazon pulling glasses, and panic about which glasses are okay and which aren't. I bought some from Lowe's several weeks ago. They were about two dollars a piece and thankfully, when I looked up the company, they are on on the approved list.
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You can find an approved list of viewing glasses here.
How to make your own solar eclipse viewer using a shoe box.
The 2017 Solar Eclipse: When, where and how to see it.
Teaching Students About the Solar Eclipse - a link to an informative video.
Free downloads and printables from NASA including maps, posters, fact sheet, safety bulletin and other materials.
Cool "make and take" activities - also from NASA. We love the edible model of the sun!
I had heard of Matt Walsh before, but I really don't know how or why. Perhaps because I am Catholic and he is too. I did not know anything about his blog, nor was I aware of the blog called "The Blaze" until I saw this article of Matt's in my Facebook feed the other day. I have a lot to say about this article, and so I thought I'd share some of my thoughts with Matt and with you, dear readers. Feel free to comment, but please, let's keep it charitable.
Dear Matt Walsh,
I want to talk to you about failure as it relates to educators and our public-school system.
I, too, am critical of the public-school system. I agree with you that kids need to be “saved” from it. I homeschool my own children, so that they do not have to be a part of the system, but I am also an educator and have been for almost thirty years. I have spent time in many different public-school classrooms in two different states in both rural and urban areas, at all levels from elementary school to high school. I have also taught in a state-funded college.
Over the years, witnessing so much brokenness caused me to consider briefly getting into educational leadership. I always dismissed this idea, because I know that adding another degree or title to my name isn’t going to help me change what needs changing. I do have respect for those who go into educational leadership. I think that they, just like teachers today, live a slave’s life, who have had their autonomy, their perceptions, and their actual cognizance seized by the very system that they labor for each day.
Let’s consider that some school systems actually do allow teachers, and principals and other educational leaders to lead and do what they were trained to do. Even then, isn’t the term “educational expert” an oxymoron? I don’t ask this with sarcasm. Let’s think about it: Much like parenting, educating is organic, a constantly flowing and changing activity because there are human people involved.
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I'll be the first to admit that my high school education was not exactly the best, whether it be because I was too busy socializing, or because it was ranked at the bottom third (quarter?) of high schools in the state I grew up in. I can blame both the educators and myself I guess.
It wasn't until I went to college, and more specifically grad school, that I understood all that my previous years of education lacked. I am an educator myself, and as such, a "lifelong learner". Aren't we all: especially we as homeschooling parents?
I remember learning about Darwin in high school. I liked him. I thought his ideas were interesting, a bit radical and sort of adventurous. I never considered that his ideas would be vehemently debated. I never knew knew that some people would choose to lose friends over this debate until I moved from the Northeast to the Southern part of the country and began homeschooling.
My family and I visited Noah's Ark in Kentucky this past summer and it was awesome and amazing. I read a lot about the differences between the theories there, and even bought a book about it which is still unread.
This post isn't intended to spark a nasty debate, though. I just like to dialogue and share things here on this blog. Why haven't I read the book I picked up at the Noah's Ark gift shop? I think it is because as a high school teacher of literature, I understand the use of figurative language. I appreciate when, and how, it is used. I see figurative language a lot in the Bible. Additionally, as a "science girl", I suppose I interpret things with a mindset of "what else?" rather than, "I accept this at face value."
Anyway, I thought this blog post by eclectic-homeschool.com was worth sharing. I know there are others like us out there!
Share your thoughts in the comments!
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