Last month I wrote a post about our Year 10 studies. I’m now thinking about and making plans for Year 11 which Hails won’t be starting until next year after a Christmas break. Now, for the interim, we are keeping up with cello lessons and exam preparation for her final exam in the first half of next year.
We started Novare General Biology, a new science curriculum, which I wrote about here and will continue that for the rest of the year and into next. This has inspired an interest in microscopy. We have an average, inexpensive sort of microscope but it has an attachment for a mobile phone so you may photograph what you’re observing. This has been a big plus as Hails has an interest in photography and it’s easy for everyone else to have a look without adjusting everything each time.
Microbehunter on YouTube has some great videos on all things related to microscopes and microscopy, including some good advice on choosing one suited to your situation (you don’t need to spend a lot of money!!) and we’ve been watching these. He has also reviewed and highly recommends ‘The Microbe Hunters,’ by Paul de Kruif, a classic book on the major discoveries of the microscopic world that Ambleside Online uses for Years 8 to 11.
Other books for our interim time:
Economix by Michael Goodwin; Illustrated by Dan E. Burr – we’ve had this for a few years and my next youngest, who is studying Economics at university, recommended his younger sister read it. It\’s a light, fun, graphic book on the economy – how economic forces affect you and have shaped history. My husband loves watching the nightly financial news and after reading this book Hails said, ‘Now I understand what they’re talking about!’