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    Can we start a thread about the eclipse?
    How are you viewing it, and are you learning about it?
    I'm a work-at-home mom to three, homeschool enthusiast, and avid planner fueled by lattes and Florida sunshine. My oldest is 6 and is a fircond grader (that's somewhere between first and second, naturally), my preschooler just told me she wants to learn how to read, and my toddler is a force of nature.

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    We've been watching videos and reading about it.
    I downloaded the NASA Eclipse Activity Guide but we haven't done anything with it yet.
    Yesterday we went to the library to hear someone from a local Astronomical Association speak. He mostly focused on the safety aspect of looking at an eclipse. However, it was nice to learn about a resource in our area that I was unaware of.

    We were planning to watch it from home; it will be approx. 88% here.
    However, last night I realized my aunt and uncle live right in the totality path in TN. But I am not sure I want to make the drive down.
    Today, the teacher who taught my kids science last year asked if she could take my kids to Chicago to the Planetarium on the 21st. They are having an eclipse fest that day.
    So...now I am not sure what we will be doing.
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    Eclipse 2017!
    This is a really interesting video about how to watch an eclipse and what you might see:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qc7MfcKF1-s

    Tori

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    I was also at the presentation at the library with dbsam. I made sure to get some eclipse viewing glasses for my college kids. Each of their universities astronomy clubs or departments are holding a "viewing party, " so I hope they go. It will be the first day of classes for both of them. I know my son has a break in his classes around that time. I hope dd does as well, or at least her professor lets them out for a few minutes.

    We are in about the 85% of total viewing range according to the presenter from the astronomical association. My kids will both be slightly closer, but not much. Hubby and I will watch it from our yard, weather permitting.
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    Haven't started any lessons yet--next week we will do some on the fly. I'm also going next week to investigate camping sites. I have hopes on an out-of-the-way federal timberland that is just inside totality. I have HSing friends driving up to the totality peak (and inland for less chance of clouds), but I'm sticking closer to home and taking my chances. We will be disperse camping at least Friday through Tuesday, so it will be a good start to our homeschool year--taking away all the household distractions and spending the days exploring, swimming, reading, playing games, etc. I'm looking forward to it.

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    I've got it down in my plans for science for two weeks. I'll prob make a playlist and mooch off dbsam's NASA idea (thanks). Our children's museum has something going on in the afternoon that day. I think it's here around 2? We get 73% coverage. I know one person going to Nahville and another who lives nearby but can't get a place to stay. Totality for 3 minutes. So cool.

    I remember the one when I was in 7th grade. I got to look at it through a welder's mask. I want to build it up a little so DS remembers it. I saw a cool eclipse tshirt project, but now I can't remember where, lol.
    I'm a work-at-home mom to three, homeschool enthusiast, and avid planner fueled by lattes and Florida sunshine. My oldest is 6 and is a fircond grader (that's somewhere between first and second, naturally), my preschooler just told me she wants to learn how to read, and my toddler is a force of nature.

    I gather all kinds of secular homeschool resources and share them at TheHomeschoolResourceRoom.com.

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    The main library in San Antonio is having a viewing with free viewing glasses. If anyone in and around the area is interested. I think it's limited. I dont know how much of it we can see here. I think we will probably watch it from the roof! Lol!
    Bobo 13 yrs old - marches to the beat of her own drum, driven, out going and loud, yet she loves nature
    Booger Boy 21 yrs old - quiet, self assured, confident and laying his own path

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    I just did taught 3 eclipse classes this week -same class with different kids each time. I used activities from the NASA guide but started with a discussion about size and distance of things in our solar system. You can read about it on my blog https://homeschoolsciencegeek.wordpr...lipse-class-2/
    Stay at home physicist - Mom to C (18 & off to college)) and J (15)
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    My son, 17, started his blog about the old telescope he got from a family member. So far they've cleaned the mirror and got a set of eye pieces and filters - though I don't think he's posted about that yet. Here's his link. https://ryglarkastronomy.wordpress.com You need to click on 'about' to see a photo of the telescope.
    Stay at home physicist - Mom to C (18 & off to college)) and J (15)
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    I'm planning to find a live stream of the full view. Every time someone links a site for the glasses you have to buy a ton of them to meet the minimum and we won't have a full view from here anyway
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