Brother and Young Son started their new semester and their first ‘on-site’ classes at their homeschool charter school.  They are both taking a science-math class. Brother is taking beginning guitar, which he really enjoys.  There is just one other student in his class, who Brother says is his friend now although he still doesn’t know his name.  Young Son is in ‘Discoveries in Music’ with other K/1 students his own age.

Family Man has also started spring semester at the University and is still working two part time jobs at the same time.  So we are staying busy.  The weather has been gorgeous, chilly, but the sun comes out almost every day.  I love, love, love the sunshine; pouring in through the windows, sparkling on the frosty roofs, warming up the cool winter air, purifying everything it touches.

Last weekend Family Man’s mom came to visit us.  Beginners map of California just for kicks.  Go up past Wine Snobs, through Even More Mountains to Weed, thats where we are:

map of California with humorous descriptive titles written over all the counties

While my MIL was here, we went to the marsh-bird preserve for a guided walk.

Brother looking through binoculars with my mother in law in the background

We have been doing some fascinating/gross science at home lately.  Many of Young Son’s mealworms, which we’ve had for months, are in pupa form and several finally transformed into beetles.  We have about six now, inhabiting the critter cage.  Brother found a small skeleton (mouse? mole?) outside in our yard, complete and intact except for the skull which was missing.  We took it apart and looked at the bones and dried out skin under the microscope.

actual small animal skeleton

One of the items on long term loan through our charter school is a high quality microscope which lets us examine up close assorted natural materials and life forms.  Some of the other things we’ve peered at with the microscope: dirt, sand (which looks like crystals), leaves, aphid, ant, fern, dandelion seed, hair, feather, pollen, butterfly wing (which looks like scales), moth cocoon.

Young Son looking through a microscope