|At The Blanton Photo by: My Mom|
I have been going to an art class that is linked through O.D.A and I have to say I have immensely improved in my drawing and animation skills. My teachers are wonderful and I have plenty of class mates to talk to in my free time. It took me about two to three years to get used to the organization aspect of homeschooling but now I have a system. Now I know that I should do my math in the morning because that's when I'm most focused. Ive also become pretty good at keeping track of my homework, though my folders are messy I've never lost any worksheets.
So far this year I've learned about the make up of an atom, radioactive decay, the speed of light and sound, color spectrums and much more! One thing that I learned was that there is a huge misunderstanding when it comes to radioactivity, The Fukushima disaster was not as terrible as we think, of course, the tsunami was still tragic but the meltdown was not that big of a deal. (this article will give you a more detailed explanation). My physical science book helped me understand this interesting fact, "We are exposed to beta particles and gamma rays each time you get close to someone because people themselves are radioactive." Another interesting fact about radioactivity concerns a safety device we all have in our homes; smoke detectors. These devices expose us to alpha particles because the main component of a detector goes through alpha decay. (1) All this information supports the rules of the scientific method, which involves properly reading charts and measurements and following the laws of physics.
After discussing the highlights of my seventh grade year, I would like to highly recommend homeschooling. As a reader of my blog, If you decide to consider homeschooling you might ask: "Well, what do you do all day?" I do school work just like any other student. "Do you ever make any friends?" Yes, of course! I get a chance to talk to a good handful of people every week. "Are you learning the same amount of knowledge as the public school kids?" Yes, in fact I'm in some advanced courses which is a mix of seventh and eighth grade work. "Is your curriculum any good?" Well, it's far better than public school curriculum. See my earlier post to understand why. Overall, the experience has been the best Ive ever had regarding school. To be bluntly honest, public school couldn't have done better.
Exploring Creation With Physical Science, Second Edition, May 2014. Dr. Jay L. Wile. Module 13, page 330.