My son arranged for a tour of our local bullet making company. His write up of the tour can be found here:
Yesterday Dad and I went on a tour of the Berry’s Manufacturing factory. Berry’s, a business local to us in St. George, Utah, makes some of the finest bullets for competition and hunting. But Berry’s offers much more than just bullets, as Dad and I found out…
I suggested one minor edit, but other than that one sentence change, it is all him. As usual, feedback welcome.
My home schooled son has posted an essay from his home schooling on his site:
He’d love feedback.
We have him write most days. Not every day yields a full essay, sometimes we focus on just strong parts – like active sentences, or a strong paragraph from a particular essay.
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Note: From time to time my home schooled 12 year old son, Brian Nelson, will contribute work drawn from his daily writing assignments to KenNelson.com. This is the first and was written a few days ago.
It’s no secret that ammunition prices have gone through the roof and into the stratosphere, especially .223.
So, at a gun show in Salt Lake city last week, my Dad and I bought a CMMG .22 long rifle conversion kit for our DPMS AP4 and 24′ bull barrel AR-15 rifles. The kit allows any AR-15 style rifle to shoot the smaller and cheaper .22lr bullet, while still using the existing scope, trigger, and furniture (hand guard and butt stock).
To install, just push a pin on the lower receiver to open it, pull out your current bolt, drop in the .22 bolt, and close
The kit has endless uses, from “tactical” rabbit and prairie dog hunting to USPSA three gun practice. Ours ran perfectly and shot exactly where we aimed it. The CMMG conversion kit has a retail price of $190.00 with one 26 round magazine or $230.00 with three magazines. We got ours at a gun show for $190.00 with three magazines.
This is the 3rd day of home schooling Brian (7th grade).
For now we mainly are trying to sort out materials for algebra and science. Until that is sorted out he is proceeding along with algebra book from his former school.
Part of what we learned is that he is actually not as well grounded in the fundamentals needed for algebra as we thought. I suspected this, but it was masked by the way the he could figure it out on the fly for the Algebra I course in public school. For instance, yesterday, I asked… “Since I put in the new chip in the truck, I’m getting 13 miles to the gallon. About what percent better is that over the 12 I got before?”. And he couldn’t solve it.
Fortunately home schooling lets us find holes AND we have the flexibility to turn on a dime and plug the holes. First we confirmed the suspicion with a placement test and then bought materials to plug the holes. After two or three weeks remedial practicae, he will proceed on with Algebra 1 as planned, only better grounded to succeed.
Home school takes work, but three days into it we remain excited and undaunted.