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March Homeschool Miscellany

Posted on: Monday, 15 April 2019 @ 8:26pm
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As February was ending I suspected Term 1 was going to be a write-off for the boys and unfortunately I wasn't wrong.  An additional and unforeseen problem with the school run was that even though it's short it seems to be further destroying my problem shoulder, so I really didn't want to drive anywhere, which given the time restrictions caused by school and the amount of pain I was in basically meant we got stuck with the Scitech homeschooling lessons I'd booked at the beginning of term, and me imposing 10am-12noon as "no non-educational videos and games" time if we were staying home.  They could still use their screens but had to be doing Khan Academy or making something, or doing any off-screen activities.

14yo ended up binging on some new David Attenborough documentaries that had come out on Netflix (called Our Planet or something to that effect), 10yo was in and out of the house and mostly telling me fantastically detailed stories happening in his various head-universes while he was outside looking for all intents and purposes like he was running around waving a pipe.

On the bright side, 12yo was off to a flying start at school, described by her HASS teacher as "a perfect student".

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Scitech classes kicked in a bit later in the term than I thought they would, so on one of the days where I thought we were going to go to Scitech, we ended up going to the Maritime Museum in Fremantle as 10yo had been big enough to go on the submarine tour for a while, we just hadn't gotten around to going.

HMAS Ovens at Maritime Museum in Fremantle, Western Australia

The HMAS Ovens was an impressive size, and apparently it's a small sub!

The tour started off going along the outside of the submarine with the lovely (and very patient) guide pointing out all the parts on the outside of the submarine and explaining what they all did and answering all the questions the boys had.

HMAS Ovens guide explaining submarine parts at the Maritime Museum, Fremantle, Western Australia

The entrance and exit were modified to make it easier for tourists to clambre in and out without killing themselves.  The entry was the torpedo room at the front of the submarine (apparently there used to be one at the back of the sub too but that room got refurbished into a schoolroom for newer recruits when torpedoes became advanced enough to guide and thus could be fired out the front and then be turned to go behind the sub instead of ahead of it),

10yo looking at torpedo chutes on board HMAS Ovens, Maritime Museum, Fremantle, Western Australia

Then we moved further back through the submarine with the guide explaining how the people on board lived and worked.  It was pretty cramped with just us in there, would definitely have needed to not be claustrophobic and get along with your crewmates to be able to live in such conditions for extended periods.

10yo looking at crew living/sleeping area on HMAS Ovens, Maritime Museum, Fremantle, Western Australia   14yo checking out officers' living/sleeping area on HMAS Ovens, Maritime Museum, Fremantle, Western Australia   Sick bay on HMAS Ovens, Maritime Museum, Fremantle, Western Australia

In the middle part of the submarine the boys got to sit in the driver's seat and everything in the control room explained to them including the different types of periscope (who knew there were different types of periscopes!).

10yo in driver's seat of HMAS Ovens, Maritime Museum, Fremantle, Western Australia   Boys looking at control room equipment on HMAS Ovens, Maritime Museum, Fremantle, Western Australia

Seeing as we were there we also whirled around the Maritime Museum which was pretty small and didn't take too long to get around.  The kids ended up splitting off and I meandered after 10yo as per usual so I'm not really sure what 14yo ended up looking at.  10yo did look at displays and made attempts to read the signs but usually gave up and moved on to the next thing if they were too long (and in the cases of some of the bigger information panels didn't even attempt them).  The most fascinating thing was the preserved megamouth, and 14yo also had a go with some oldschool navigational tools.

10yo looking at preserved megamouth at the Maritime Museum, Fremantle, Western Australia   14yo oldschool wayfinding at the Maritime Museum, Fremantle, Western Australia

We went early in the first couple of Scitech sessions so that the boys could play around, but eventually just started getting there on time.

14yo playing with light display at Scitech, Perth, Western Australia   14yo trying to solve giant puzzle ball at Scitech, Perth, Western Australia

10yo working out number patterns at Scitech, Perth, Western Australia   10yo making twisty periscope at Scitech, Perth, Western Australia

The program covered a few areas and was generally difficult to photograph as I was mostly concerned with taking photos for the blog and the kids were usually working in groups.  I got some shots from the geochemistry class.

14yo doing geochemistry unit in Scitech, Perth, Western Australia   10yo looking through microscope in geochemistry unit at Scitech, Perth, Western Australia

And one of those elusive work samples from 14yo who agreed to be the scribe for his group as it turned out both he and his partner had terrible handwriting but 14yo was quicker.  10yo was in a group where someone else was the scribe.

14yo's terrible handwriting

I ribbed him both for his accidental misspelling of the word "pretty" (he isn't quite sure how he did that either, blaming a brain fart XD) and for needing more practice.

JJ had to take the boys to one of the Scitech workshops when I had a day where I collapsed due to sickness/exhaustion/both, and the boys brought back the stuff they'd done in their workshop.  The aim had been to create something that would hover in the airstream, using resources "purchased" from the "shop" with tokens.  They'd had to work in groups but 10yo had apparently ended up working on his own as his partner allegedly didn't do anything but tried to claim some of the credit for the work.

All the kids are also still happy to do photoshoots our way apparently, as this spontaneously happened when I told the boys I wanted to get a photo of them with their inventions and 12yo decided she wanted in on the photo too and I said sure jump in.

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