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Class Notes, Feb. 7, 2018

We’ve been studying, and have created a main lesson book about the Finger Lakes. This winter at a holiday event, a parent of a former student at Stone Circle School said, “ She just sang us, word for word, the … Continue reading

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The Finnstitute: Enrichment, Enthusiasm, Exploration, a home school enrichment program in Ithaca, N.Y.

   

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Class Notes, May 2015

Volcanoes: Shield, Fissure, Composite, Cone-shaped, Crater Volcanoes Strombolian, Vulcanian, Peleean, Plinian Eruptions Volcano zones around the earth. Famous eruptions: Mt. St. Helens, 1980, Thera destroys Akroteri, 1645BC (possible Atlantis myth), Mt.Vesuvius buries Pompeii, 79AD, Krakatoa near Java,1883, heard ¼ around the … Continue reading

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Class Notes, March 2015

Pulley, Pendulum, Pressure, Potential Energy Pulleys – We’ve drawn diagrams of various styles of rigging, and then built them in the classroom and recorded their properties. Here are some of the setups we looked at: Fixed Pulley Movable Pulley W/2 … Continue reading

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Class Notes, January 2015

The Human Face through History We’ve been very deliberately studying how the Human Face has been presented and perceived by the many great cultures through history. Each cultures’ artistic representation of the portrait gives a telling doorway into and through … Continue reading

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December 2014 Class Notes

Measurement – our measurement studies in December included: Dry Measure – Using fruit, vegetables and grain we studied market measure, pints and quarts of berries, ½ pecks and pecks, bushels of apples, barrels of grain, bales of cotton and tobacco, … Continue reading

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November 2014 Class Notes

This month we very much enjoyed the many Optics and Visual Perception Experiments we tried. Many of these we wrote up in Scientific Method, listing Materials, Procedure, Observations, Conclusions, Diagrams.  The Jumping Finger and Bouncing Ring – These experiments helped … Continue reading

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