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Eclipse? [message #820355] Sun, 20 August 2017 09:44 Go to next message
Lisa T.  is currently offline Lisa T.
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Anyone here planning to view the eclipse?

How close to totality will it be where you are?

Do you have the special glasses? or are you making a viewer?

Dh just made a viewer using our telescope to project the image--it works great! I invited a few homeschool friends to come and view if they don't have the special glasses. Wondering if I should plan a little astronomy lesson...if we have 3 or 4 kids, we could make a kinesthetic model using kids as earth/sun/moon...


Lisa T.
Re: Eclipse? [message #820356 is a reply to message #820355 ] Sun, 20 August 2017 11:48 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Jamie
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How old will your target audience be, Lisa? I have a couple of things I can throw your way.

Here's a free download of Montessori 3-part cards for solar eclipse (early elementary, but probably wouldn't be too bad as a refresher for older kids)

https://www.cosmicmontessorischool.com/montessori-3-part-car ds-2017-solar-eclipse-freebie/

A link to NASA lunar vs solar:

https://spaceplace.nasa.gov/eclipses/en/

A how-to hack to make sure the little ones are safe with their safety glasses, whose faces are often too little to safely wear them properly:

http://www.classicalhomemaking.com/2017/08/worry-less-eclips e-glasses-for-kids.html?m=1

Here's how to make a solar eclipse view box using cereal box:

https://www.goldengiraffekids.com/eclipse-viewer


Franklin is working - Despite my giving him a heads up at Christmas, along with a Farmer's Almanac, and his having the day off in advance, and my plan for driving where we could see the 100% as a vacation...he completely botched our plans by taking on over-time duty without realizing it was the date for the solar eclipse. While as bummed as I am, I completely underestimated that the rest of America would also be equally as excited, and have booked things far in advance as well as, I hear, price goughing the heck out of any little place to rest one's head...so had he been off of work, I didn't make any reservations anywhere not thinking I'd be completely locked out...so, it worked out for the better. I guess. Laughing

Jonah and I will show up in the parking lot of the building he's working off duty at and will hang out while it happens. We'll only see 70% I think, I heard? Still, it should be something.


Peace
Re: Eclipse? [message #820357 is a reply to message #820355 ] Sun, 20 August 2017 20:32 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Lisa T.  is currently offline Lisa T.
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Thanks, Jamie! I will have somewhere between 4 and 7 kids here depending on whether littles and neighborhood friends come along. We are only getting about 60% of totality here, but in 2024 we will have a total eclipse viewable here. Maybe we'll do a little math practice to see how old everyone will be then.

Kiddos are ranging in age from 9 or 10 down to 4...but mostly in the 7-10 range. We are going to make mini moon pies out of nilla wafers, marshmallow, and melted chocolate chips. I have some balls and a lantern to see how the shadows work (probably in the darkened garage) and we will have the kids act out the movements of the earth and moon around the sun outside in the yard. Some of them are going to do nature journal entries, as well.

Eclipse starts at about 1:30 and is maxed out at 2:45 so I need to keep them amused (with frequent checks of the image to see the progress of the eclipse) for a little over an hour.


Lisa T.
Re: Eclipse? [message #820359 is a reply to message #820357 ] Mon, 21 August 2017 08:07 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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That sounds like fun. My little guy woke up really sick...so that's thrown a kink in things for us. He can barely talk, runny nose and a cough. Our original plan was to drive up to where DH is working, and observe with him a little bit of the eclipse...and when DH had to return, we were going to just kinda hang out and watch the finish...in the FL heat, with a sick child...I'm not really sure about it.

Oh, I read somewhere about Moon Pies and Sun Chips (a brand, apparently) being the "go to" eclipse snack for today. Krispie Kreme is having a post-eclipse limited time/quantity only sale on eclipse donuts.


Peace
Re: Eclipse? [message #820366 is a reply to message #820355 ] Mon, 21 August 2017 17:33 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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We had a great time...5 neighborhood kids (and 2 moms) here to view. I'm going to try to post a pic:

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Lisa T.
Re: Eclipse? [message #820367 is a reply to message #820366 ] Mon, 21 August 2017 22:14 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Jamie
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That's really nice. We could only view the eclipse through cloud cover. Occasionally the cloud's density was light enough that we could see the eclipse through our glasses...but we missed the entire "middle" of the show. It rained before and cleared up about an hour after it was over. We were dry through the middle, but like I mentioned, it was so overcast.


Peace
Re: Eclipse? [message #820413 is a reply to message #820355 ] Wed, 30 August 2017 22:37 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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We were in the path of totality. I kept walking out to check and when it got to the total eclipse, my Spanish-speaking and very shy neighbor came out. We stood together in her driveway, and when it was in totality, we shed a few tears and hugged.


Leigh
Tennessee

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Re: Eclipse? [message #820446 is a reply to message #820355 ] Wed, 06 September 2017 17:48 Go to previous message
Michele (Queen of Cheap)  is currently offline Michele (Queen of Cheap)
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We were in the 99.2 zone. I could have driven 15 miles NE and would have been at 100% but I figured we were close enough Very Happy We haven't homeschooled in 3 years now but it was still a homeschooling event as far as I was concerned. My husband, my #4 daughter and my son were in the front yard together. #3 daughter lives behind me and both of her children were napping so she was able to go out in her yard and watch too. #2 daughter was at work and was able to go on the roof of the hospital to watch it. #1 daughter watched it with her son but she lives in Florida and was only at 88%.


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