Search - Quix
Search - Content
Search - News Feeds
Search - Easy Blog
Search - Tags

WHAT’S NEW

Expect the Unexpected

Midnight in Alaska, on a cruise ship on open water.  I'm looking for the Northern Lights with my husband. Instead of the Aurora Borealis I saw birds.  Dozens of small yellow birds, flapping like crazy, illuminated by the lights of the ship.  Not bats, not moths.  Tiny, bright yellow birds.


The next morning I asked the Naturalist on the ship.  Dressed like a Park Ranger, I thought for sure she would have the answer.  Instead she replied "I don't do birds."  I needed an answer, though!  Yellow birds flying at midnight over open ocean?  How can you not be curious about that?  So I turned to a TRUE expert.  A homeschooler.

Apparently this bird behavior is not uncommon.  "The birds you saw were most likely a migrating flock of Warblers looking for a place to rest. They travel at night, sometimes over the open water. They could have been either of 3 or 4 different species of Warblers."

I'm so thankful for this homeschool student!  I refer to him often in my classes, when I talk about delight-directed learning.  This young man studied ornithology every year of high school.  His art and English was tied to his love of birds, as he wrote and illustrated for nature magazines.  Now an adult in college, he is still enjoying his passion for birds.  He discovered an Arctic Tern near Spokane Washington recently, and had a summer job studying Red Crossbills in Idaho.

Homeschoolers specialize in unique things.  Encourage them to follow their passion.  Please.  So they can answer questions for the rest of us!

My birding friend recommends The Sibley Guide to Birds, in case you are interested!



You can sign up for our free monthly newsletter here.
PSAT PANIC!!
Is this enough for a high school credit?
 

Comments 3

Guest - Kim on Saturday, 09 October 2010 16:58

That is a great story, Lee. Very poignant, and reminds me of what is lacking in mainstream education today. Thanks for the reminder of why homeschooling is so rewarding.

That is a great story, Lee. Very poignant, and reminds me of what is lacking in mainstream education today. Thanks for the reminder of why homeschooling is so rewarding.
Guest - Lee (website) on Saturday, 09 October 2010 16:17

Hi Janet,
Sadly, I never did see the Northern Lights. I stayed up almost every night on the cruise, even though I'm a morning person, and never got to see it! It's something I've always wanted to see, though.
Blessings,
Lee

Hi Janet, Sadly, I never did see the Northern Lights. I stayed up almost every night on the cruise, even though I'm a morning person, and never got to see it! It's something I've always wanted to see, though. Blessings, Lee
Guest - Janet (website) on Saturday, 09 October 2010 15:56

Cool! Did you ever see the Northern Lights?

Blessins,

Janet

Cool! Did you ever see the Northern Lights? Blessins, Janet
Already Registered? Login Here
Guest
Thursday, 05 August 2021

By accepting you will be accessing a service provided by a third-party external to https://www.homehighschoolhelp.com/

More Encouraging Posts

  • How to Motivate Homeschool Teens and Rouse Slug-Slow Students

    One mom jokingly told me that her son's spirit animal was a sloth. We had a good giggle over that one, because I remember what it's like to try to motivate homeschool teens . And frankly, misery loves company!

    Misery also craves solutions. That's where this book comes in.  

    Need to light a fire under your unmotivated teen? Learn expert

    Read More
  • Super Senior or Delayed Graduation: The 5 Year Plan

    When deciding whether or not you'll have your student do a 5th year of high school, or a Super Senior year, you'll need to weigh the desires and maturity of your student against their age and abilities.

    It's normal for a child to graduate high school between the ages of 17 and 20. For many parents, that means that you can

    Read More
  • Homeschooling in Washington State and the Running Start Program

    Homeschool law usually isn't the same as the law covering public or private schools. Homeschooling in Washington State, for example, public school is covered in one area of the law, and homeschool law is covered in an entirely different area. It can be confusing! When researching the laws in your state, make sure you are looking at the law that applies to

    Read More
  • What Colleges Really Want is Demonstrated Interest

    ​You will need to demonstrate interest in a college if you want to get admitted and get scholarships. Applying to a college without showing a genuine interest in the school is likely to benefit only the college, and unlikely to benefit your child. 

    Showing demonstrated interest means you have shown,  by your actions, interest in the college and your desire

    Read More
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
  • 13
  • 14
  • 15
  • 16
  • 17
  • 18
  • 19
  • 20
  • 21
  • 22
  • 23
  • 24
  • 25
  • 26
  • 27
  • 28
  • 29
  • 30
  • 31
  • 32
  • 33
  • 34
  • 35
  • 36
  • 37
  • 38
  • 39
  • 40
  • 41
  • 42
  • 43
  • 44
  • 45
  • 46