what we do

we built a telescope

…A cardboard telescope from a box…


I’m not one for reading directions, but this activity struck me as a non-starter without them, as my telescope-building understanding is somewhere near zero.

I own a telescope. And loved playing with it until we moved into a valley, where routine starwatching would require going out of my neighbourhood, or at least to the neighbour’s backyard to see the summertime wonders.


The kids loved this activity. We hot glued the ocular lens, the field lens, the objective lens into the right directions, so refraction would occur–instead of staring at one’s eyeballs. Rachel was thirty seconds ahead of me on every step. Her innate logic/telescope building skills will exceed mine before she’s twelve, I’m certain.

Checking out the neighbour’s afternoon activities…


Can’t forget to record our activities–the least favourite part of building a telescope…


Though I don’t expect to challenge any of Galileo’s presuppositions or proven theories, I am certain I am gaining this one thing…one step farther away from Alzheimer’s in my old age. I hold this notion that if research were completed on veteran homeschool parents, their likelihood for Alzheimer’s would be reduced. No daily sudoko or crosswords required! Today, we build a rocket…

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