This week’s What to Read Wednesday list is late, yet again, though I’m relieved to report we triumphed over the stomach flu. We’ve simply had a full schedule of activities– these days I feel more like an Uber driver than a teacher.
We’ve had the regular lineup of choir, theatre, co-op, speech, field trips, & social events, but most notable this week was Firstborn’s first SCUBA lesson. It started with independent study at home and then detailed classroom instruction…
… before she and pals headed to a local pool to suit up and dive.
Firstborn has long been interested in Marine Biology and hopes to one day pursue a career in the field. As she approaches high-school we’re starting to mindfully steer her towards related academic and recreational pursuits. SCUBA [self-contained underwater breathing apparatus] seems a prudent skill she can grow with that might aid her, vocationally, down the road.
The instructors were knowledgeable and encouraging; they shared their experiences diving for aquariums, on rescue & recovery teams, maintaining delicate underwater seismic sensors & other scientific instruments, as well as adventures exploring underwater flotsam, jetsam, flora, and fauna ’round the globe.
these two have been fishy friends forever
Fittingly, I started this novel as I watched from the sidelines…
… and Center Sister started the latest Emily Windsnap release.
Little Man’s also studying Oceanography, learning from the same Apologia Marine Biology curriculum with his science co-op that girls studied a few years ago.
Meanwhile, Center sister took a fun sewing class with pals– which is great because that’s simply not a skill she’ll master at home. *ahem* Her sewing machine had gathered a good amount of dust, but I’m tickled she wants to be a part of bringing back social sewing.
I’m grateful for the ability to customize my kids’ education to suit their individual needs and chase their interests. I appreciate experts in fields foreign to me who generously share their crafts– lest my kids become carbon copies of this weary mom/teacher. I’m thankful that by pursuing unique passions my pupils are growing into vibrant, creative persons.
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