Monday school


Bethany – printed out her contracts and logs for Work experience class. She’ll need to have her supervisor sign the contract and sign the weekly time logs in order to get credit for the class (which is credit for working.) In English she’s slogging through Chaucer and can’t wait to crack open Hamlet. She has to identify at least three examples of satire from The Canterbury Tales and provide an explanation of the use of satire (that won’t be hard…) In Health she worked on a suicide and depression model (called DECIDE, Define the problem, Explore, Consider consequences, Identify your values, Decide and Evaluate) and next up is a unit on grieving, which some friends of hers at church are in the process of as they lost their Mom to cancer a few weeks ago. In Health Science she finished the first unit test and is working on a map of health services in our area (she just needs to put numbers on the map to relate to this.)

  1. General Hospital – Littleton Adventist Hospital 7700 S. Broadway, Littleton
  2. Specialty Hospital – Children’s Hospital South campus 1811 Plaza dr., Highlands Ranch
  3. University or College Hospital – CU sports medicine 2000 S. Colorado blvd, Denver
  4. Addiction Treatment Center – A New Outlook counseling service 1745 Shea Center Dr. Suite #421, Highlands Ranch
  5. Urgent Care Clinic – On Point Urgent care 9137 S Ridgeline Blvd #100, Highlands Ranch
  6. Assisted Living Facility (Eldercare) – Rocky Mt. Assisted Living 9970 Silver Maple Rd, Highlands Ranch
  7. General Practitioner’s Office – Kaiser Permanente offices 9285 Hepburn st., Highlands Ranch (Assuming you have Kaiser as your HMO)
  8. Obstetrician’s Office – Dr. Grace Cheng 9330 S University Blvd #230, Highlands Ranch
  9. Pediatrician’s Office – Rose Pediatrics 9137 S Ridgeline Blvd # 130, Highlands Ranch
  10. Hospice Facilities – Porter Hospice at the Johnson Center 5020 E Arapahoe Rd, Littleton
  11. Home Care Nursing Service – Colorado Elder Care Solutions Serving Littleton and the Surrounding Area
  12. Optometry Office – Highlands Ranch Vision Center 8925 S Ridgeline Blvd #107, Highlands Ranch

The only two items that were harder to find were a University hospital and hospice care. Highlands Ranch is a master planned community (not a city) that has over 100,000 people living in it. There are a lot of things that are easily accessed such as general doctors, obstetricians, pediatric doctor, sports medicine, therapy, rehab, home care and more. One thing that we do not have (but is coming soon) is a general hospital. We have a specialty one, the new Children’s south campus, but the closest general hospital is the one I work at (Littleton Adventist.) I would give my community an 8 for the level of care and available items that we have within a small driving radius. You could almost stay within the bounds of Highlands Ranch for almost all of your medical needs, but there are some areas to work on such as the general hospital (which is coming soon and will also be a University hospital, so that takes care of two items) and hospice care.

There was a quiz in Personal Finance and some matching and labeling quizzes in Anatomy. Grace got done with her Algebra, then  read through her Art Appreciation. She did a writing assignment on Art theft, but then realized it wasn’t needed (some things are in the curriculum, but the teacher isn’t using those things – a reminder to check the assignment list and not just go by what is in the curriculum!) It was informative though –

Art theft

1.Efforts to stop theft

FBI – in 2004 they established a rapid deployment art crime team. Since 2004 it has recovered 14, 850 items valued at over $165 million dollars. They also have a National stolen art file which is a database of stolen art items that is available for searching.

Los Angeles art theft team – this is a part of the Los Angeles police department, they investigate all thefts and burglaries where art is the object of the attack. They have links to suspects and links to see if art is real or fake.  

Interpol – worldwide database for stolen art that connects police and other agencies to information on works of art that are stolen. They help reconnect people with art that was stolen during war or by other means.

Art loss register – a place to register missing art that shares the information with those who want to help recover it.

2. Art theft – what happened, where, what was stolen, how crime was committed, was it recovered.

In December of 2005 a bronze sculpture worth $3 million pounds was stolen from the estate of the Henry Moore foundation. This was in Hertfordshire, England. The daring crime was committed during light hours by using a crane to move the sculpture onto a flatbed truck. The sculpture was never recovered and is believed to have gone through junkyards and then shipped to Rotterdam. Detectives aren’t sure if the sculpture was made into scrap metal, which would have only made the thieves about $1,500 pounds or if it was shipped intact.

3. Why is art theft a criminal enterprise and why art is valued so dearly around the world.

You can make a lot of money stealing art and selling it to people who really want it for their collection, but can’t get it any other way (like the person who owns it doesn’t want to sell it or it is in a museum.) Some people value art for the way that it looks, some value it because someone in their family made the art, some people have a religious or cultural tie to the art, art is something that is tangible, you can own it, but it is also in the eye of the beholder – what you like about a piece of art someone else might not.

She also had to write about an art museum and wrote about the MOA, it’s free, small and not a lot of people know about it. She had a quiz in Earth Science over lab equipment, since she just used a bunch of lab equipment for her water sampling it was an easy quiz. The K12 system chose the moment she tried to access Business to go down, so I called it a good day. Hannah read about the Plains Indians, did spelling, vocabulary and grammar and read a story called “The Three Wishes.” It was at this point that K12 also went down for her, so we pushed math to another day.

Unlike younger grades, most of the curriculum for 5th and all for 9th and 12th is on-line, so when K12 goes down, there is nothing to do but wait. It wasn’t long before it came back up, but we still had intermittent problems through the afternoon trying to access English (for Grace.) Flexibility is a major point in the K12 schooling at home column for me, so I don’t mind the outage because we can just roll with it. I guess this morning is a more ‘typical’ learning at home day using the K12 curriculum, we had no afternoon plans, so when the girls were done with lunch they: watched a Harry Potter, read, made a music video, customized some LPS figurines, wrote a script, wrote some stories, watched some TV and played.

Weekend, NBTS party, LM’s, church, Schweiger ranch


Bethany had to work on Sat. from 5am-1:30pm, so I didn’t know if she would be awake enough to go to the Not Back To School party, but she was. I forgot that a German exchange student was going to be there, so Bethany had a good time talking to her while the other kids played and the adults mingled.

I hope to see some of the new people we met at the park or some other event. We went from the party to LM’s for ice cream and Gypsy jazz, it was nice.

Sunday the girls and I taught in the 4’s room, the story was Zacchaeus, (he was a wee little man…) after church I stayed for the service (James had been in the previous one) and the message was about our church mission and how it looks in everyday life (Glorify, Grow and Go.) After lunch we went for a tour of Schweiger ranch in Lone Tree.

The Ranch was established in 1874 by Austrian emigrants John, Joseph, and Jacob Schweiger. Through purchase and homestead, the brothers began to assemble a sprawling landholding that at its zenith would comprise an estimated 4,000 acres.  The Schweigers were among the earliest permanent settlers in the area. John Schweiger, eventually married Anna Scheider, a German emigrant, and built the home you see today for his growing family. They successfully farmed corn, rye, wheat, alfalfa, oats, apples and potatoes, and raised cattle (including a dairy operation), chickens and other animals.  The ranch house, barn, loafing shed, and horse barn were built between 1894 and 1910.  Over time a silo, tractor shed, chicken coop, granary, and cistern were added.

The Schweiger family owned and operated the ranch for nearly 100 years. Historic photos and historic accountings from Rose, the oldest of seven children raised on the ranch, relay a rich history characteristic of many pioneer families living in a remote and often harsh environment.  The property was sold in 1970 and changed hands many times before coming under the ownership of RidgeGate Investments, Inc., the entity developing RidgeGate.

We picked up Grandma’s shopping (the usual – Mentholatum, Vaseline, denture cream, Vicks, candy, jellybeans and Ensure) and brought her over. We had an early dinner of roasted chicken, beans and mac and cheese and a creme cake that I wish we hadn’t bought (because it was so good.) Diet change tomorrow!

The week – school, Hudson gardens, park day, hike and swim, sailing, youth groups, another hike, perhaps a weekend camp out and we’re going to Glenwood Springs for Labor day.

HS skate


That sneaked up on me.

2 hours of skating = PE. What I did.

Grace and Hannah did school before we left. Grace read “The Interlopers” and did some reading analysis and quiz. An Algebra quiz, Health reading and art closed out her day. Hannah read some History, did vocabulary, reading, spelling test and grammar and she was done too. I’m waiting for Bethany to get off of work and come home so she can get some English, Health Sci and Anatomy done.

Thursday school and free food


Bethany did some English, personal finance and did her lab Health Sci questions based on this TED talk. She and Grace went off to the hospital with 48 GF cupcakes in tow for the associate lunch this morning.

We’re all going this evening for the family party/games. Grace did some school when she got back from lunch, Hannah did her school while they were gone. I am finally able to enter attendance on Hannah’s school, but she’s not able to get into tests that need my password or log attendance on her own. I’ll be glad when they get that problem fixed so I don’t have the extra step. We tried to enter the RW data, but our station is not on-line yet…so we’ll have to wait on that. I am looking forward to some sunny days next week for some swimming/hiking.

The graham cracker/chocolate/pretzel/coconut marshmallows we made for the evening.

Giant operation!

Photo booth fun.

That was fun!

Rain, MOA and cupcakes


Well, the rain ruined park day, so we went to the MOA museum instead. We hadn’t been to see their Design and Build exhibit yet – it’s up until Sep. 23rd and it’s a neat one. There was a photo booth and some interactive art along with collaborative art and individual pieces.

We took the fancy dress silhouette and voila! More art!

Back at home we baked cupcakes for Bethany’s corn roast party at work tomorrow. Grace made these GF yellow cupcakes with fudge frosting and marshmallow kettle corn toppers drizzled with chocolate.

Bethany did her school after work, it was just reading in English and text questions for Health science (Grace and Hannah did their school in the morning.) Our sailing at Cherry creek got canceled, of course the rain let up during the time when we were supposed to be there – oh well. I finished the sparrow doodle I was working on and that’s about it for the day.

Some school, River Watch, fun with a cut-out


Grace and Hannah did school, but they woke up late, but there wasn’t much school to do – so it worked out. I would hate to be the IT guy at K12 every August. They always change something in the on-line school and this year Hannah’s platform is pretty screwed up, it doesn’t bother me because I know things will get ironed out shortly…I’ve been doing this for 11 years. After school Grace and I went to drop off her samples at RW.

We could have mailed them, but I had 3 boxes of books to drop off at the women and kids shelter and we wanted to see the facilities. The girls wanted to go by the $1 store when we got home, so we did. Then I guided Bethany through a poetry assignment for English – analysis of this poem.

The Man with the Hoe

Edwin Markham, 1852 – 1940

Bowed by the weight of centuries he leans
Upon his hoe and gazes on the ground,
The emptiness of ages in his face,
And on his back the burden of the world.
Who made him dead to rapture and despair,
A thing that grieves not and that never hopes.
Stolid and stunned, a brother to the ox?
Who loosened and let down this brutal jaw?
Whose was the hand that slanted back this brow?
Whose breath blew out the light within this brain?
Is this the Thing the Lord God made and gave
To have dominion over sea and land;
To trace the stars and search the heavens for power;
To feel the passion of Eternity?
Is this the Dream He dreamed who shaped the suns
And marked their ways upon the ancient deep?
Down all the stretch of Hell to its last gulf
There is no shape more terrible than this —
More tongued with censure of the world’s blind greed —
More filled with signs and portents for the soul —
More fraught with menace to the universe.
What gulfs between him and the seraphim!
Slave of the wheel of labor, what to him
Are Plato and the swing of Pleiades?
What the long reaches of the peaks of song,
The rift of dawn, the reddening of the rose?
Through this dread shape the suffering ages look;
Time’s tragedy is in the aching stoop;
Through this dread shape humanity betrayed,
Plundered, profaned, and disinherited,
Cries protest to the Powers that made the world.
A protest that is also a prophecy.
O masters, lords and rulers in all lands,
Is this the handiwork you give to God,
This monstrous thing distorted and soul-quenched?
How will you ever straighten up this shape;
Touch it again with immortality;
Give back the upward looking and the light;
Rebuild in it the music and the dream,
Make right the immemorial infamies,
Perfidious wrongs, immedicable woes?
O masters, lords and rulers in all lands
How will the Future reckon with this Man?
How answer his brute question in that hour
When whirlwinds of rebellion shake all shores?
How will it be with kingdoms and with kings —
With those who shaped him to the thing he is —
When this dumb Terror shall rise to judge the world.
After the silence of the centuries?

It’s a pretty interesting poem about the struggle of the working man and one I had never read before. Grace had to do a write up about something that a science claim, so she did this:

Is purified water better than plain old tap water? According to Nestle Pure Life – yes! The product I found was Nestle Pure Life water. The presenter is Nestle corp and they are promoting their drinking water. The interest of the company is to sell water. But, we can get water out of our tap, so why do we need bottled water? Well, they answer that question by showing us that in the beginning of the 12 step purification process they start with tap water, what we can drink out of our homes, and take it from toxin and chemical laden tap water to purified Nestle Pure Life drinking water that is much better for us. Steps 11-12 say:

Every Nestlé® Pure Life® facility has a fully staffed Quality Assurance Department and laboratory to maintain our quality standards for all our water, materials, and processes. Finally, samples of our water travel to our National Testing Laboratory, which is equipped with state-of-the-art testing machinery run by degreed, experienced personnel. This laboratory analyzes water from all Nestlé® Pure Life® facilities across the country.

This evidence that Nestle has a quality assurance staff and that the water is tested by “degreed, experienced personnel” lead me to believe that Nestle does make water that is filtered and is better for you than plain tap water because they have removed toxins and harmful things that can be found in tap water. Yes, for me the claim that their water is better than my tap water makes sense; for people in areas such as Flint, MI the claim that Nestle is better than their tap water really makes sense. The average person does not know what chemicals or minerals are in the tap water they drink, so the science of turning tap water into purified drinking water that is most likely better for you makes sense on many levels. Source –  

I started on another doodle and then made this cut-out and took pics of it.

Everyone went to bed early, so maybe they will wake up early….

First day of school


I took James to work and saw these pretty clouds – a good start to the day.

When I got home Bethany was awake so we got started with school. Her on-line school (and thus Grace’s) changed the platform that you see when you log in, so we spent some time looking over it. The lessons haven’t changed much, though the anatomy and math are on-line books/lessons and that part is different. Bethany has – English, personal finance, health, health sciences 2, anatomy/physiology, and work experience.

She did something in each of the courses and saved some work for tomorrow. Since she works three days a week, her school intensive days are Monday and Thursday, so she tries to work ahead on Monday so there isn’t much to catch up on by Thursday. Grace and Hannah were up next, a bit late, they aren’t set in their new schedule yet. I try (try) to have everyone up and ready to start school by 9am. This gives us three hours, which is more than enough time to do what needs to be done. Hannah did – rounding, vocabulary, spelling, grammar, geography, and reading myths.

She has Joy Hakim’s book The History of US for History this year, and I really like her series of history and science books.

We only get 3 courses from K12 (Hannah is using the on-line school part-time, so she’s technically a homeschooler, whereas the other two are schooling at home but technically public schoolers) so I will be adding Joy’s science books for Hannah’s science. We always do art and extra reading and we have a ton of co-ops that cover literally everything I could think of (and some stuff I don’t think of.) Grace has – digital art, geography, business/healthcare, art appreciation, Earth science, English, and Algebra.

I’m not going to question why they put both digital art and art appreciation in the same semester – she likes art and she craves the praise that her art teacher (the same on from last year) heaps on her – so it’s cool. I found this on the floor and there was indeed a ‘big spider’ under the book.

After lunch we went to the library for Presentation club. I’m not hosting it anymore, but I like to go and support the host and add a few more children to the speaking rounds. Grace talked about River Watch, what she did there, her first sampling event, the tests she does and so on.

Hannah talked about our trip to OK, Mushroom rock state park in KS, Lakeside rides and customizing her LPS figures.

That last part was very popular. The library was right next to a pet store, so we went in and sighed over the very cute puppies.

Then we took ‘Yay, first day of school!’ photos.

Then it was time for a snack at Saj – baklava, hummus, and pita bread.

We went home (where Bethany was left working on English, cleaning out her closet and dropping old clothes at Goodwill) and the girls watched a Mysteries at the Museum while I worked on updating some stuff. I made fish for dinner, James came home and took the girls to the mall while I worked on co-op sign-ups and other stuff. I finished up four loads of laundry, we watched some Gaffigan and called it a night. That was a long day!