If you have seen my old post about my homeschool co-op, this is an updated version with my new classes. My five classes are:
Tinker Time– In Tinker Time, we take things apart to see how they work. Right now, we are taking apart a DVD player with a partner.
NaNoWriMo Junior Writers–In NaNoWriMo, we write novels for the national writing month. We are also writing with a group. In the group story, I am the antagonist.
We also write one by ourselves in November.
Lunch–I don’t have much to say on this subject but we do play Infection after lunch. A couple of our friends use walkie talkies with us when we play Infection to increase our chances of winning.
Strategy Games–We play board games and card games that use strategy. I usually play Risk.
Imagine and Play–We have objects that we start out with, and we try and build something with them. We have different objects each week to build with. We learned that you cannot use rope and pool noodles to build a zip line.
Computer Programing–Most people only take four classes, but I am taking five. My last one is Computer Programing with HTML and CSS. This is what I have made so far:
This is a review of the Kick Conquest foosball table. It is 48 inches.
The assembly is easy besides the first part which is getting the sides on the playing field. After that, you have to screw the sides together. Next, you put the legs on with the included tool. Lastly, you put the rods, corners, and scorekeepers on. When you put the rods on, be sure to put the rods in the right places and put everything on the rod before screwing things on. The holes to put the scorekeepers on were not drilled correctly on my table, so I had to use my own nails to get them on. I wasn’t able to get the corners on, either, but I put the end panels on the wrong sides.
This is a great table besides the fact that the balls this uses are smaller than normal ones.
They were playing the Texas Rangers. When we went into the stadium, we got Rebel Pilot Rally Monkeys for free. We bought Dippin’ Dots ice cream and headed to our seats. We were there when the entertainment began.
Darth Vader, R2-D2, and C3-PO came on the field! They were followed by Chewbacca, Kylo Ren, and Princess Leia.
They got off the field while a kid dressed up as C3-PO called, “Play ball!”
When the batters were up, the Angels faces were photoshopped with the clothing of Star Wars good guys. The Rangers, on the other hand, looked like Stormtroopers. They played a funny clip of Yoda saying, “Do, or do not, there is no try.” It showed baseball saves and fails.
There was not much excitement until the 4th inning when the Angels scored 2 runs. Then the Rangers scored 2 runs. The Rangers scored another 2 runs putting them ahead. The Angels came back with 4 runs so they were ahead by 2! Finally, the Rangers scored 1 more run making the final 6-7. The Angels won!!!!!!!!!!!!!
We saw a solar eclipse on Monday at Caspers Wilderness Park. It was hard to find parking. Mom dropped us off at the line for the viewing. We saw some of our friends soon after.
Our mom took 5 minutes to get parking after she dropped us off. The solar eclipse didn’t look as cool as I thought. But it did look like a crescent sun sometimes. Ian used a welding mask to look at the eclipse, and it didn’t work well. We went to the nature center, and they had snakes there. Kate pet them. I was busy doing other stuff. We went to the park and played Lava Monster. After that, we left.
What we saw was a partial eclipse. Not this:
An eclipse is when the moon passes in front of the sun. A total eclipse is when the moon is completely in front of the sun.
The objective is to grow big and kill other snakes. The way you do that is by making their head touch your body. This is a mass multiplayer game. You are always moving and you point your mouse the way you want to move. You can run by holding down on the mousepad. This is your appearance running and not running:
When you run, you lose length twice as fast as when you’re not running. Otherwise, snakes would always be running. If you look in the bottom right, you will see a circle. That circle is the map. The gray specs are snakes. I go areas where snakes are more common. When they die, they dissolve into dots. This is what the dots look like:
Using the map, I go to the middle. It is the most dangerous but if you survive you can get big. This is what is looks like in the middle:
That is what I usually do. There are two other things people do. Go around the edge of the map and get really big, then go to the middle, or find a big snake in the edge and follow it until it dies.
In 30 seconds in the middle, I grew to about 500. In the back I grew to about 115 in 30 seconds.
Another good way to get big is to find a big snake and follow him until he dies. This is what it looks like:
When he dies you get to eat this:
One time, my sister was getting attacked by the first place snake and she killed him. That got her on the leaderboard.
I went on a campout with the Boy Scouts, and on Saturday we went to Palomar Observatory. I am working on my astronomy merit badge, too. The hike was 2.5 miles each way. The observatory looks like a giant white dome with a rectangular strip on the side and top. That strip opens up when the telescope is being used. When we arrived, we went into a room that they called the basement even though it was not below the building.
It stored spare parts and such. Then, we saw the telescope itself. It is huge!
They have a place for different mirrors for the telescope. The different mirrors work well for different functions. Their smallest one is 48 inches and their biggest is 200 inches. They were the first observatory to have a 200-inch mirror. They are the 19th largest observatory in the world. This observatory was built around the time of World War II. The sinks in the bathroom are weird because they have two faucets. One sends out hot water and one sends out cold water.
This is a review of the Rapidsdtrike which is possibly the most famous Nerf gun of all times. I think Hyperfire is better but from what I have heard Rapidstrike is much easier to modify. Enough of that part, now let’s get to the actual review
So anyway, it does actually shoot 3 darts per second. That works for me because most of my friends use single shots. The range of it feels like more than that of a Hyperfire but I think the range is equal. That range is about 30 feet. Its clip (magazine) is cool because it is clear. That is supposedly so you know how much ammo you have left. There is a flaw. That flaw is that you can’t see the whole clip.
Overall, Rapidstrike is a great gun and if I could make a Rapidpistol it would be my secondary.
If you don’t already know, I went to Arizona. On day two, we went to Angels Spring Training at Tempe Diablo Stadium.
The Angels were playing the Diamondbacks. Our friends, Blane and Makela, were there. We got seats in the Party Patio. It has free hot dogs, hamburgers, salad and drinks. Later, they brought out dessert.
In the first inning, the Diamondbacks didn’t score. When the Angels were up, Kole Calhoun hit a single and then Albert Pujols hit a two run home run. The Angels scored two more that inning. About halfway through the game, the Angels were winning seven to one. The Diamondbacks tried to make a comeback by scoring three more runs. Fortunately, it didn’t work. I do not mean to offend any Diamondbacks fans, but I was glad the Angels won. That day was very fun.
Last week, we went on vacation to Arizona. It was mainly for Baseball Spring Training, but we did other things. It was quite fun. We didn’t do a lot on the first day because it was mostly driving to Arizona. At one point near Palm Springs, there were thousands of windmills.
The first significant stop was at the University of Phoenix Stadium. It is a football stadium they used for the Final Four. If you don’t know, Gonzaga and North Carolina are in the Championship.
Later that day, we went to Sun Devil Stadium on the ASU campus. Unfortunately, we couldn’t go in. The renovations are not complete. Where we looked in, there were still benches. Some of the benches are already changed to seats now.
At our homeschool co-op, we saw a World War II veteran speak. His name was Chet Elliott.
He was born in Ohio during 1923 and joined the army when he was 19. He drove half-tracks. Those have tank treads in the back and wheels in the front. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge and used an M-1 rifle. The Battle of the Bulge was the last major German offensive of World War II. Elliott was in the 6th armor division. His favorite job was driving a truck.
One time there was a German tank driving towards him, and he thought it was an American tank until the last minute. Miraculously, he survived.
After he released a prisoner, he gave Chet a big bowl of cherries. Unfortunately, they were sour.
There is a plaque on the bridge for him where he was wounded. He is currently 93. When he left the army, he was a corporal.
It was an interesting speech, and I would like to find out more. I am thankful for all the soldiers who fought in all these wars for our freedom.