From: Kye Ewing <>
Subject: Re: NASA QUEST
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 1997 14:11:36 -0500

At 10:52 PM 12/15/97 +0000, you wrote:
>I home school my 5/6th grade boy, who is extremely interested in
aeronautics (among other things).  Are there any other homeschoolers on
this list?  How do you use these materials?  And what do you use?  Any
suggestions? Thanks, Louise
Louise and group -
I am in the ninth year of home schooling my son (11th grade). He has always
been very interested in aeronautics and computers. With the help of the
internet I have been able to introduce areas of interest to him that would
have been impossible only a few years ago, such as the fantastic access
that NASA has allowed to their experts for children to communicate with.
The best possible use can be made from sources like this by brainstorming
with your student(s) on what other areas of study you might want to expand
the subject into. Nasa has great places to start, like the teachers help
area in the aero-design program that is going on now. When you only have a
few students, it is easy to adjust the cirriculum to the things that you
find stimulate their interest. Math is always an easy one to work into
these type activities. English can be keeping journals on their experiments
or writing poems about going into space. History can be linked in according
to the area of interest. People whom made key discoveries for these
technologies to be possible didn't make them in a vacuum (not usually
anyway)! Sometimes the other things going on in the world hurried the
technology along.

The best fun is when your student(s) get to where they know more than you
in a particular area (like computers!) and you find yourself learning from
THEM! I am attempting to pass some of these brain-starter activities that I
have used over the years with my kids and lots of groups of kids by having
a web page. I have TONS of stuff to put on it but it's a matter of getting
time to things together. I gotta go now, because Carl is ready to start
Algebra. We are doing a unit on equations to represent circles and how GPB
systems use the math to figure a person's position. This also follows
through into his computer programming subject, as that is how you draw
circles, elipses, etc. in graphics programs. 

Have FUN all ---
Kye Ewing, The Event Inventor

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