I couldn't wait all the way until my January homeschooling post to write about this because I'm too excited about it and because you might want to join in.
Jamey and I have been reading (Jamey's done, now I get the book back to finish) Gary Paulson's Woodsong. Paulson writes about his adventures with his sled dogs including their running of the Iditarod. It's a book that has sat on our shelf for awhile. It was given to Sam by a friend but I haven't had time to read it yet and therefore couldn't pass it on to him (I'm pretty picky). Parts would be fine for a read-aloud, but other parts are too intense (at least for Sam). Anyway, Jamey and I have really been enjoying it.
Then, just the other day, I read a post over at Blue House Academy reminding everyone about the eIditarod Project and how registration begins January 9th (Toward the end of her post, she provides a link to the other posts she's written on this subject).
The Iditarod is a 1,000+ mile dog sled race across Alaska. As a teacher or homeschooling parent, you can sign up for the eIditarod Project in which you learn about the race, make a course map, choose a musher to follow and then (during the actual race in March) track your musher through the checkpoints to the end (online).
Fascinating! Needless to say, we are all signed up for the project (it's free) and hope to start on our map soon. Here are the links you will need to get started if you're interested.
Recent Blue House Academy Iditarod Post (and link to her posts about participating in the project last year- very helpful)
The eIditarod Project
The Official Iditarod website (including teacher resources, etc.)
Thanks, Kellie, for cluing us in!!