***Disclaimer: Some of the pictures later in this post may gross you out 😉 ***
As a highschooler, Brendan needs several P.E. credits and my dad (who recently retired) graciously offered to teach tennis lessons. I’m very thankful that we have this opportunity and that Brendan will get to spend some one-on-one time with his Pappy and learn how to play!
We’ve been plugging along with our regular assignments and both kids are doing well:
Ok, here comes the gross part! Since Ryan is learning about amphibians, one of the suggested activities was to dissect a frog, so I purchased our little friend “Freddie” at the HEAV convention a few months ago. He came prepackaged, preserved, and with a pre-assembled kit all ready to go 🙂 .
Even though dissections can be pretty nasty, it really is amazing to study frogs and learn how God created the process of metamorphosis!
…and last, but not least:
As I started preparing for and thinking about middle and high school, I realized that although Justin and I have discussed the topic of drugs and alcohol with the kids, they haven’t had any “formal” substance abuse prevention courses since we’ve been homeschooling. One of our neighbors is a retired DEA agent and he agreed to offer a crash course for our group. We had a fantastic turn out and I think the presentation had a strong impact on the kids. Mr. Dolan covered tobacco, alcohol, gateway drugs, inhalants, prescription drugs, marijuana, and even methamphetamines. A favorite part of the class was when we all got to try on goggles that simulated what it feels to be highly intoxicated. You can’t even walk straight, much less drive! It’s so sad to see the negative (and often deadly) effects of drug abuse on so many lives. I pray that all of the kids will remember the dangers and will stay far away from any of these harmful substances!