Saturday, December 20, 2014

Band Christmas Concert

Led by Ms. Khoo, the Homeschool band joined the Brass, Wind & Wire band for a Christmas concert at the Genesis Theatre. Many performers are beginners and they age from 8 to mid-80's! While Serena is a relatively more experienced musician in the group, she's having fun learning the dynamics of playing in a band with other musicians and their instruments. The concert wrapped up this fall term for us and what a wonderful way to start the Christmas season celebration!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Biography Fair: Eleanor Prentiss

"A true navigator must have the caution to read the sea, as well as the courage to dare the wind." (From the book "Dare the Wind: the Record Breaking Voyage of Eleanor Prentiss and the Flying Cloud" by Tracy Fern)

Eleanor Prentiss was the navigator of the fastest clipper ship to sail from New York to San Francisco in 1851. She and her husband Josiah Creesy, the captain of the Flying Cloud, set the record at 89 days 21 hours. They broke their own record 3 years later at 89 days 8 hours.

I chose Eleanor Prentiss as my Biography Fair project because she stood out in a time when women did not have many rights and were often not recognized. It was very unusual to have a woman as a navigator during the time of the California Gold Rush, and she was a very good and capable one!