Wrap Up: Not Week 3 or Week 4…

In CategoryHome Schooling

teeny-tiny, nickel-sized crab on my glove. 

…but somewhere in that murky period where unschooling takes place and I don’t actually cross anything off my schedule.

• Where we are staying in Washington, one of the primary industries is shell fishing. In fact, there are clam net thingamajigs on the beach right in front of this house. We were all quite curious about this, and have discovered that the main fishery here will give us a tour of their operation. We are going on Thursday, and I am already feeling smug that education will be happening next week.

• We spent a lot of time talking about mollusks. Big got up one day, said “I want to do some notebooking” and proceeded to unpack supplies. I was helpless in the face of this enthusiasm, and dutifully followed orders to find worksheets and printables and coloring pages.

We have diagrammed squid, talked about adductor muscles in clams and watched videos about geoduck farming. Big extracted a promise to take him to Pike Place Market so he can see a real geoduck in action.

Ah, the geoduck. For those of you unfamiliar, go ahead and google it. I’ll wait.


An entire day spent on that creature. AN ENTIRE DAY. Complete with his own diagrams and drawings and notebooking pages. I would post them here, but they would probably be blocked as Adult Content.


I mean, it’s not just me… is it?

I awarded myself sixteen thousand homeschool mom points for the geoduck. I kept a straight face all day, people. I deserve it.

• We also learned all about octopus, squid, and barnacles. It is surprisingly difficult to find a decent barnacle printable – if by surprisingly difficult I mean Big harangued me until I finally found two diagrams after over AN HOUR AND A HALF of searching. I also spent a lot of time cutting and pasting pictures and editing info into various word documents. Like, a LOT. Three thousand more homeschool mom points AND a junior biologist ribbon for me.

Unschooling isn’t for sissies, yo.


8 Responses to “Wrap Up: Not Week 3 or Week 4…”

  1. MNKristy Says:

    I shared your photo of your son’s Geoduck with 2 out of the 3 males in my household and we all had a good ole laugh. They thank you for that.
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  2. Helena Says:

    I followed the google link to the geoduck. I did. I saw a man digging for them, his body half buried in muck. I thought: WHY?

    Well done to you with your straight face and your printables, Deb! Seriously, I would have made a comment. I know I would. And then everything would have gone downhill from there.

    It feels so good to write to you, Deb and be well enough to write to you, and to be here. To celebrate this moment, maybe I’ll go look at some more geoducks! Or not…
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  3. hikooky Says:

    Cool. There’s a really great Dirty Jobs episode wherein Mike Rowe goes geoduck hunting… http://www.amazon.com/Geoduck-Farmer/dp/B001PBW6PU
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  4. Ingi Says:

    I don’t get geoducks. They are just WEIRD (however I did love that Dirty Jobs episode). I award you the homeschool mother of the YEAR for that effort!
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  5. Eddie Says:

    Wow, you kep a straight face? You’re my hero.

    Edupics site has some unusual printable creature pages, so you might be able to find the next bizarre request there.
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  6. Kirsten is Comfortably Domestic Says:

    You have fortitude of steel for not making a comment and keeping a straight face. I died at the sight of the geoducks, but Bacon Slayer? I’m not sure he’ll ever recover–brought tears to his eyes. He’s still giggling like a school girl.
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  7. grit Says:

    i always learn so much when i come here… the geoducks are in the seafood restaurants that line our way to the ferry. somehow i have blanked them out. i don’t think i can ever do that again.
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  8. Delinda Says:

    My favorite line of this blog was that you were already feeling smug that education will be happening next week. Bahahahahaaa! I know that feeling. I love when I actually get it! And yeah, the Dirty Jobs epi was a total snicker-fest at my house and though we’re doing an oceans unit study, the geoduck will NOT be making an appearance. I have three boys. They would NEVER stop laughing or using it as ammo on me for years to come.