I’m procrastinating and pulling my hair out trying to make a story from two English syllables for our literacy course.
We’re making the first two pages of a primer just so we can learn what its like to struggle through the process. And I am struggling.
This is what my page looks like:
oᵘ boᵘ. ɑⁱ tɑⁱ.
tɑⁱboᵘ oᵘ boᵘtɑⁱ.
Anyway, you get the drift. The first little section says,
“Tae-bo. Bow-tie. Oboe. I tie. Tae-bo oh bow-tie.”
That doesn’t really sound like a story to me.
Right now we’re in them middle of Tech Tips II. Last year we learned a lot about solar panels, water purification, batteries and other technical things. This year we’ve focused on electricity, alternative power sources, hydrodynamics, and lightening protection amongst other things. The first few days we talked a lot about electricity: transformers, inverters, surge suppressors, etc. I’m in way over my head. I just look at the stuff and wonder if it comes in pink.
On Friday we got to go on a little field trip down to the shop where we learned how to adjust the regulator on a propane stove. Stuff like this will be handy to know when we are living far afield, but Dennis and I both know that we will definitely need more techy help when we actually move into a tribal area.
Here we have Dennis using a manometer to gauge how much propane is entering the stove.
There I am with my hand on a giant screwdriver. I was twisting the regulator valve open and shut until it was at just the right amount. Do you see the guy in the gray jacket? He’s our teacher, and he’s laughing because when I wasn’t looking he screwed the regulator valve way open and the force of the gas spurted water out of the manometer when Dennis turned on the burner.
Just so you don’t think we’re crazy, I’ve included this picture of burner flames. The front one is a nicely regulated propane flame. It is blue with just a hint of yellow on the tips of the flames. All the individual flames are nicely shaped and spaced. You didn’t know that there was an art to a nice flame? I didn’t either. The back flame in the picture is a natural gas flame on a poorly regulated burner (I think). See how the flames are crazy-wild and they are half blue, half orange? That is the kind of flame that will scorch and blacken the bottoms of all your pans. I’m thinking we had lots of that kind of flame in Jungle Camp.
Here’s our little Squeaky and the book she read to me today. She is doing really well with her reading! Something has just clicked for her in the last few months, and she is able to put letter sounds together much more easily than just a few months ago. I grabbed a few easy reader books from the library yesterday along with their normal allotment of twelve picture books. She was excited and so were we!
Today is our final class of Structures of Communication. For nearly the last week we’ve been working on what our teachers fondly called “the works”. Basically, we’re taking a language and breaking it down to its ittiest little parts and figuring out where everything fits in. It was pretty detailed and time consuming, and Dennis and I were both up really late last night trying to figure things out.
We’ve had some mild days and Button took advantage of the melty, packy snow by making a snowman.
These two crack me up. They are listening to our ipod together, connected by a dual headphone jack… They were dancing all over the place until I worried that the ipod would suffer some damage and put a stop to all their fun. 😦