The girls and their friends are participating in a series of classes offered by Yale University. Saturday they attended a “Science on Saturdays” free family class, which just happened to be on Grace’s favorite topic: natural disasters. Unfortunately her two favorite disasters are hurricanes and tornadoes. This lecture focused on the geological disasters, earthquakes and the possible resulting tsunami, and volcanoes. Not her favorites, but still fascinating.
There were a few things that struck me about this visit.
#1 - homeschoolers are not immune from competition in academics, sports, music and social activities. While I hear very little competitive talk among the children, there has been a lot of chatter lately among parents about whose child is involved in music or which sport they excel at or which curriculum their are using to help place into a top tiered college. It is everywhere... I know. I had just hoped that we would be a bit removed from it. It is so phony and dull.
#2 - My girls are becoming independent teenagers. They did not need me to find the building where this class was held. They registered themselves and found the lecture hall. They participated in the scientific stations that were set up in the atrium and were enthusiastic about the uv light beads that they were given. Grace is still wearing hers. http://www.stevespanglerscience.com/uv-color-changing-beads.html
I offered to take the girls to lunch before heading home. Lilah was not with us and Grace wanted this opportunity to eat at Moe’s, since Lilah is not a fan of Mexican food. I remember being 13 and 14 and not always wanting to be around my parents. I offered to sit and read at a separate table so the girls could have time together but they almost seemed offended that I would not sit with them! I was touched that despite growing up, they still wanted me with them.
It was a great Saturday. There will be several more opportunities to spend time together in New Haven as the Girls in Science program begins soon and Yale Splash will be held this fall as well.