As I wrote a few posts ago, my sister took us geocaching for the first time over the weekend. I had heard about it before but didn’t think it was possible to do it without a GPS unit. If you don’t know what geocaching is, it is sort of like a treasure hunt. You can go to www.geocaching.com and find the coordinates for caches in your area. Then you set off in search for the cache which can be as small as a thimble or as big as a bucket. Inside you find a log book where you sign your name and the date. Some caches also have trinkets inside that you can trade for. We love it because it combines hiking and spending time out in nature with the thrill of a treasure hunt.
We found out that it is possible to geocache without a GPS unit by entering the coordinates in bing.com, zooming in on the map and following the clues. Yesterday we found two out of the three hunts we attempted. I found the first one and Nico found the second one.
I am very excited because my Mom is helping me get a Garmin Etrex GPS unit for my birthday so we will be able to go and find some of the more complicated caches in our area.
On the homeschooling front, thanks to a suggestion from another homeschooling friend, I recently started teaching Kaya and Nico some Greek and Latin root words. They were even more interested than I thought they’d be and I was happy that both girls were making connections with the root words and words they use day to day. When I taught them the root “ped” for foot, Nico was happy that she’d now be able to remember that a “pedal” on a bike was spelled with “ped”, when she used to get caught up in spelling it like “petal”. I plan to teach a few new root words every week and I think it will be very rewarding.