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Viewing the Super Blood Moon from Boston

Traveling w/ Disabilites, Special Needs HomeschoolHolly D Gray2 Comments

Our family just so happened to be in Boston when the Super Moon or Blood Moon took place on September 27, 2015. It was late for Caleigh to stay up, but we decided to search for the huge Super Moon in the heart of Boston that night. 

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We headed out the door of the Devin Nicole Family House and walked across the street until we found a parking garage we could get into. 

Blood Moon Super Moon via Hacking Disabilities
Blood Moon Super Moon via Hacking Disabilities

Caleigh loves astronomy and all things to do with space. We just finished a space unit in her homeschool curriculum. So we were able to talk more in depth about what was going on that night.

We got there a little early for the big event, but stayed until half the moon was eclipsed. We watched some pretty incredible time lapse videos, stared out our window and then called it a night. 

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I didn't take my tripod with me for our trip so Caleigh's lunar watching kicks are caught in full blur here. The lights of the city probably made the viewing less spectacular than say the middle of the desert. The red of the Blood Moon wasn't as noticeable until the very end of the eclipse due to the light pollution. 

Blood Moon Super Moon via Hacking Disabilities

It was a pretty spectacular sight to see. Space really makes you think about the layers of our life and just how insignificant the little things are.  There is so much more going on out there than our daily routine, worries and small accomplishments. It's the big picture.  

Did you stay up to see the Super Moon? How was your view?


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First Day of Second Grade

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Today was Caleigh's first day of 2nd grade. She has gown up so much in the past year, but it's still hard to believe that she is a 2nd grader now. It's even more of a shock to me that I've been homeschooling since she was three. 

Over the past few years we have really fallen into a groove with adapting certain curriculums. I've found things that work for Caleigh and right now couldn't be happier with the volume of information that she is learning. 

The older she gets and the more intense the curriculum becomes, the more time is involved with the day to day work. This is typical with all kids, but it has been a challenge to juggle all of Caleigh's therapies and appointments. 

Since we homeschool year round, we decided to take the summer off from therapies. It was a first for us and quite honestly very enjoyable. We may make a habit of it each year. This week marks the return of therapies. Over the next few weeks Caleigh will have a full schedule again with at least one appointment a day if not two. 

We've added in a homeschool co-op group each Wednesday morning. The first eight weeks Caleigh will be in a hands on science class. I'm hoping it goes really well for her. Fingers crossed. 

Today we jumped in head first. Caleigh said that she enjoyed our afternoon. She's always happier when we are homeschooling and that's one of the reasons that we school year round. 

I love seeing her passion for learning. I'm excited for the opportunities that the new year will bring. Second grade here we come!

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How to Fly Like a Fairy

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Step one: Make sure you have a scheduled week off from schoolwork.


Step two: Go to the library and pick up the first book in the series The Never Girls, which is all about fairies and Never Land.  


Step three: Come straight home and read four chapters. 


Step four: Put on your fairy wings.


Step five: Head outside to the hammock.


Step six: Fly as high as you possibly can.

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