August Homeschool Miscellany

I did not forget July, apparently we didn't do anything at all.

Or at least we didn't do anything that I took photos of. The boys had random conversations with me and 16yo with his friends at gym about astrophysics, philosophy, life, the universe and everything and I really wish they would write this stuff down so I had proof. 14yo has been out and about with her boyfriend including going to AQWA. I'm trying really hard to pressure them harder into writing down stuff and basically doing their own reports especially as they're doing so much stuff on their own now but still having zero luck with that.

12yo had homeschool group where he's made a couple of friends and is doing science and drama classes, and I won't usually use any photos I take there (which is not many at all) as it's hard not to get someone else in the shot.

Along with the aforementioned (which is a normal thing that happens), the boys and I we went to the Aviation Heritage Museum (the girl refused to come partly because she does remember going there before and deciding it was boring and partly because I think she was going to AQWA with the boyfriend).

I had a moment of indecision shortly after we walked in as the boys casually wandered off in different directions as different things in the sheer volume of stuff that was packed into a relatively small area caught their attention, as both of them like discussing things in-depth with me (even though I have no idea what they're talking about half the time.

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Fortunately that desire to talk to me about absolutely everything was what saved me having to decide which one to follow around as they both then decided to stay in the group, and while they were happy to explain what they knew to me, they found each other a much better discussion partner as the other usually had some idea of what they were talking about, and 16yo was quite happy to share everything he knew with 12yo who was very interested and who had a few gaps in knowledge.

The parent meanwhile remained somewhat clueless.

The other thing that contributed to the group being able to stay together was 12yo generally deciding he wasn't finding things terribly interesting and drifted along with us, so we kept trying to focus on the historical side of things, and he found buttons to push which he still gets a kick out of.

16yo in the meantime discovered the engine section and was in his element.

He excitedly explained to me his understanding of how the engine worked (I understood all the words but now how they were put together) and then commented that it was amusing how most of our technology was basically comprised of "rods spinning really fast".

12yo alleviated some boredom by asking 16yo a lot of questions about the engines and what various parts were for. With the finer workings 16yo did keep saying he was making some "educated guesses" as he's not that familiar with plane engines.

I told him that maybe he should consider either becoming an aircraft engineer or do either the course he was considering at TAFE or perhaps automotive, and possibly look into getting into mechanical engineering at Curtin. I think he is considering it for next year seeing as he decided not to enrol this semester.

After we were done in the top shed, we headed to the hangar.

The entry is really impressive.

Much more impressive than the photo suggests, I don't always compose things very well when I'm trying to get mobile children in a shot in a hurry x_x

12yo noticed that there was an upstairs and of course had to go see what was up there. It was an upstairs viewing bridge (there was kind of a platform in the middle I guess) with a couple of displays on it.

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And a great view of everything crammed into the hangar.

The boys once more initially kept trying to talk at once in their excitement but we fell into a rhythm of one of them talking at a time and usually talking to the other one if they hadn't wandered off too far because the other one understood most of what they were talking about unlike their parent.

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And wherever we go, if we can get away with it/it's not completely inappropriate, shenanigans happens.

Then there was this cabinet of guns and ammo that the boys spent way too long discussing. I did try to keep up with them but failed.

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The museum offered some tours including one of one of the bombers in the hangar, and I'm seriously considering taking 16yo and one of his friends (who is also homeschooled and interested in many things military) on one, probably next term at the rate things are going.

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Pretty sure my girls would have had no interest in this kind of museum, either. Are we being shockingly sexist by not having any interest in aviation?

I love that they both want to talk with you about everything. I kind of miss that now. Eldest was the best for that. It helped her to understand and retain information better when she talked about it, even if I didn't understand it.

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Yeh absolutely sexist, we should be interested in more things that we're not interested in especially if it's in a field generally dominated by some other gender XD

I usually get talked to about a lot of things by all the children from whatever we're looking at to random bits of lore and mechanics in whatever games they're playing at the time which make even less sense sometimes (and other times they're like O_O because I'll predict something for no other reason than it's a trope or familiar mechanic and otherwise know nothing else about the game XD). As exasperating as it is occasionally I'm pretty sure I'll miss it if/when they stop just like I miss a lot of the cute things they used to do as kids which they've since grown out of XD

Being/having a "rubber duck" (which may or may not be an actual rubber duck XD) is pretty good for both information retention purposes and for finding solutions to problems :D

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Ooft, that big bomber would be impressive in the flesh I bet!

Buttons to click, that's what keeps mine interested for now at these things too

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It was incredibly impressive walking in through the door from the bright outside into the less bright hangar and just seeing that looming over you XD It's one of the biggest planes in there and I'm pretty sure it's one of the ones that they give tours of. Depending on how much money I can scrape together it's probably the one I'll take 16yo and his friend on down the line.

LoL! Well from memory yours are definitely at an age where buttons and dials and switches and levers that have the bonus of making something happening are everything XD Meanwhile 12yo says that he has a strict push all buttons policy, even if they're bright red and say DETONATE x_x

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I think we all have a bit of that at heart. The buttons that should not be pushed especially!

There is a museum here which has a Spitfire fighter hanging in the atrium just as you come in and it is awesome so I can imagine with a big beast like that it would have so much more impact

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These kinds of museum are the ones that I always wanted to visit. It is sad that we only have a few here in our country.

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You don't have aircraft museums?

A few is better than none at all :D can you get to them?

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I mean, we have some, but it only contains a few historical aircraft from world war II.

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In fairness I don't know how many of them survived. From reading the information panels around this museum, a couple of the planes had been left in fields or were being used as buildings or attractions before finding their way to the museum. There were also a couple that had been restored by enthusiasts who eventually donated them.

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