Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Science4Us.com {Schoolhouse Review}

For the first few years of homeschooling, we have not used a formal science curriculum.  However, Elliott is inquisitive and really enjoys science, and I thought he might enjoy something a little more in-depth for first grade science, so we were eager to review Science4Us.com.

Science4Us.com Review


The Science4Us.com Online Subscription ($7.95/month) is an online core science program for K-2nd Grade. The standards-based curriculum covers four areas of science.
  • Inquiry
  • Physical Science
  • Life Science
  • Earth/Space Science
These four areas are each their own "Book of Science" that are further divided into units, and the units are then broken down into modules.  The number of units and modules varies depending on the subject matter.  The modules are built on the 5E Inquiry-Based Instructional Model of Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate and Evaluate.  Each of these areas helps children develop different scientific skills.  It is not necessary to follow a specific path on Science4Us, as you can move around freely in the program.  This is important to me, because we could then focus on an area of interest, which is important in our homeschool environment.

The Student Account
The lessons on Science4Us.com include short videos/lectures, interactive games, a student journal to draw/write responses to various prompts, and so much more.  If there are activities assigned, they are immediately visible when the student logs in.  He can remove the assignments one by one by completing them.  Or, he can go into the Book of Science and view all of the activities associated with a specific module.  Either way, as the activities are completed he receives a gold star.  The gold star is very motivating for him.

Science4Us.com Review

The activities will appear in the large window on the left, and the window can be expanded to full view.  I work pretty closely with Elliott, because I want to make sure he is understanding the material, but he could easily navigate the program on his own.  There are various types of assessments and discussion starters throughout the module, and ample opportunity for us to discuss the material.

We did run into a technical glitch every now and then, but I've found that happens sometimes with online programs.  Elliott would want to repeat the activity so he could finish it, and sometimes it would take several tries.  That can be frustrating for a 7 year old, but it's nothing we haven't managed to overcome.

Science4Us.com Review

Once he completes the online activities for the day, we move on to any related hands-on extension activities I may have chosen.  These are available in the teacher section, which I will get to briefly.  I will say that the extension activities are my favorite part of the program.  I believe it is the hands-on, interactive activities that make science concrete, and they are what complete this program.

Science4Us.com Review
Inquiry - Science Tools - Observation


Inquiry - Science Tools - Measurement
(Emory, 4 yrs old, tagging along)

After we finished Inquiry, I gave Elliott the choice for our next topic.  This program works well for a relaxed, delight-directed homeschool because we can move at our own pace and choose the topics that interest us the most.  After he finished the unit on Science Tools, he chose Energy Sources.  I was shocked (I was expecting something more predictable and familiar to him), but he ended up being very intrigued by this topic, which led us on a rabbit trail about electricity and a biography on Benjamin Franklin.  To me, that is a testament to Science4Us.com!  

Physical Science - Energy - Energy Sources

Another topic he explored was Magnets.  Again, I love that this program has short modules that let us move around freely.  As you can see, there are so many activities to engage children.  I am selective about the worksheets I give my son; I skip the "fluff" and choose the activities that encourage real hands-on learning.  Most of the activities and worksheets are age-appropriate, and especially delightful to kinesthetic learners.  I particularly like the lessons that are based on science inquiry, but have a worksheet for recording observations. 

Physical Science - Force and Motion - Magnets

The Teacher Account
First of all, I want to reiterate that this is not just an online program with activities and games for the student.  There is so much more!

As the parent/teacher, I can preview the material and objectives for each module, assign specific activities to my students, view their progress (from grades on assessments down to the minutes spent on each activity), access professional development material, and choose from the variety of extension activities I was telling you about.  I can also view the teacher materials for all three grade levels, and as a homeschooling mother, I believe there is a lot of value in being able to choose the appropriate level for each individual activity.

Science4Us Review



Our Final Thoughts
I found the whole process fairly intuitive, and the website is mostly user-friendly, but there are Help videos throughout every area if you need guidance.

The core of the program may be the online activities, and it is solid, but I believe that hands-on activities that encourage measuring, observing, classifying and experimenting with scientific inquiry complete this program.  That may have a lot to do with my philosophy on how children this age should learn, but I believe they need the REAL science activities to understand what they are learning online. 

I find some of the activities nonessential to the integrity of a science program (i.e. alphabetizing vocabulary words), but I realize this program was intended for a traditional school setting.  Elliott doesn't mind those extra online activities, and as I said previously, I am a bit more selective about the offline materials that I present so we skip some of these offline.  I do think the variety of activities, both online and offline, make it ideal for all learning styles.  Elliott really enjoys Science4Us.com and asks for it often.  I know that he is getting a good foundation in science.  I plan to finish the program.

While the program says it can be used for older elementary students (Gr. 3-5) as a review, I would venture to guess that the graphics and activities would begin to seem too easy/immature for most children that age.

For everything this program covers, the Homeschool price of $7.95 per month per student is reasonable for my one student that is using the program.  The monthly option is also nice if you just wanted to do a specific unit study, but you can cover so much in a month if your child is eager and diligent.


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Saturday, February 22, 2014

LEGO Love Week 8: Learning the Alphabet with LEGO

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Young children love getting in on the action of their big siblings, and LEGO is a great multi-age toy.  LEGO DUPLO is especially well-suited to toddlers and preschoolers because they present less of a choking hazard and are easier for small hands to manipulate as they are developing fine motor skills.  Another activity that most preschoolers enjoy is learning and practicing the alphabet, so one thing you can do to engage your little LEGO Lovin' Learner is to let them explore the alphabet with LEGO bricks!

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Books
Shhh...don't tell my 4 year old, but I am planning to get both of these books for him!

Amazing ABC: An Alphabet Book of Lego Creations by Sean Kenney



Brick ABC by Brick Pals



Build It Yourself!
LEGO Alphabet from Steve on Behance
The alphabet built with LEGO bricks

LEGO Animal Alphabet Cards from Play-Learn-Love
A fun A-Z animal building adventure that utilize LEGO DUPLO

Alphabet LEGO Cards -Uppercase from Wildflower Ramblings
Printable cards that use LEGO DUPLO to build the Alphabet

Teaching With LEGO - Preschool Ideas from Milk and Cookies
An easy idea for making your own alphabet blocks and creating a capital/lowercase matching game.

Learning with LEGO from One Perfect Day
This LEGO letter stamping idea is great for sensory play and fine motor skills

Cat in the Hat Inspired LEGO ABCs from Life by Ashley Pichea  


LEGO Sets


LEGO DUPLO Play with Letters



LEGO Education DUPLO Letters Set 779530 (156 Pieces)






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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Tortilla Soup

So one afternoon I had a craving for taco soup, but I was having one of those moments where I couldn't for the life of me think of the name for it at the time...I was googling tortilla soup recipes, as that is what kept coming to mind.  I settled on this Chicken Tortilla Soup recipe from The Pioneer Woman.  I adapted it slightly to work with what I had on hand, and this is what came of it!

Chicken Tortilla Soup


I used taco seasoning in place of other spices, as that was a recommended alternative and I had half a package open in the fridge from another recipe.  I used approximately 1/4 package total.  Maybe.  I didn't measure, but I still had a good bit left.  Anyway, I sprinkled taco seasoning on two chicken breasts, and baked them until cooked thoroughly.  When it was finished, I shredded it.

Tortilla Soup Recipe


One of the reasons I picked the recipe is she used a red and green bell pepper.  I happened to have four peppers, one each of red, green, yellow, orange, and all of them were really begging to be used.  I chopped about half an onion, I sauteed these with garlic and a little bit more taco seasoning.

Tortilla Soup Recipe



Then as per the recipe, I added the chicken, a can of rotel, 32 oz of chicken broth, and a can of drained black beans.  I didn't do tomato paste, because I didn't have any.  I also didn't do the cornmeal thing, I added a can of drained corn.

Tortilla Soup Recipe


Stir everything together, and I think I added another dash of taco seasoning.

Tortilla Soup Recipe


As far as cutting the tortillas, you can also have little helpers tear them for you. ;-)

Tortilla Soup Recipe


Fry them, but don't try to text or answer the phone while cooking these, because they burn quickly.  Ask me how I know.

Tortilla Soup Recipe


Ladle the soup into a bowl.  Top with tortillas and favorite toppings.

Tortilla Soup Recipe


The verdict?  YUM!

My kids are selectively picky--meaning they eat fairly well, and so I allow them to be picky sometimes and I don't push it.  I cooked this when they had a pizza party at church, since they are not a fan of hot/spicy foods.  The husband said it was good, but hot.  I used hot rotel, and he tolerates hot and spicy, but doesn't love it.  He said I could make it again if I tone it down.

I loved it.  That's all that matters, right?



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Saturday, February 15, 2014

LEGO Love Week 7: LEGO Field Trips

I mentioned last week that we are planning a special LEGO field trip.  So today I thought I would share a list of possible LEGO field trip destinations with you!


LEGOLAND Amusement Parks 
The amusement parks are themed, interactive parks with many rides, shows and attractions.  They are family oriented, geared for children 2-12.  They each offer unique opportunities, that might include water parks, aquariums and/or botanical gardens.  Most of them are also resorts, with a LEGOLAND Hotel that has themed rooms, children's entertainment and special LEGO features throughout the hotel and early access to the park.  While I haven't checked the international locations, I know the US parks offer Home School Days with special educational material!

LEGOLAND California Resort
LEGOLAND Florida
LEGOLAND Billund Resort
LEGOLAND Deutschland Resort
LEGOLAND Windsor Resort
LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort

LEGOLAND Discovery Centers
The Discovery Centers are indoor attractions for families.  The different locations have opportunities for building, as well as LEGO MINILAND, 4D cinema shows, rides, Minifigure trading, Toddler Tuesdays, and so much more.
LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta
LEGOLAND Discovery Center Boston
LEGOLAND Discovery Center Chicago
LEGOLAND Discovery Center Dallas/Forth Worth
LEGOLAND Discovery Center Kansas City
LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester
LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Toronto
LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Berlin
LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Oberhausen
LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Manchester
LEGOLAND Discovery Center Tokyo



LEGO Store Mini Model Builds
Each month, stores offer monthly mini model builds where you can come in and build a mini LEGO set for free. You can search for the store closest to you to view their calendar.  If you can't make it in, they also offer the exclusive instructions online.


LEGO Kids Fest
The LEGO Kids Fest is a 3-day family friendly event that is full of hands-on, interactive and educational activities.  You can build and create, meet Master Builders, play LEGO games, and see life-sized LEGO creations.  KidsFest tours each year, and the activities may vary from one city to the next.  The 2014 Tour includes the following locations:  North Carolina, Michigan, Calgary, AB Canada, Georgia, Texas, Virginia and Indiana.


Toy and Plastic Brick Museum
The Toy and Plastic Brick Museum
This is a not an official LEGO museum; it is actually an old middle school that houses a large private collection of LEGO.  You can read an article about the museum on Roadside America.


Virtual LEGO Field Trip
Not close enough to any of these destinations?  You can watch this short video to see how LEGO pieces are made!  Both boys have watched this a few times, but my 7 year old has particularly enjoyed it.



If you know of any other LEGO themed field trips, please let me know!  We're always looking for new ways to expand our LEGO Love!


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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Learning the Art of Strewing

I've always done something similar to strewing, but I never knew it had a term, nor did I realize it was a common practice in homeschooling, especially the unschooling community.  We fall more under the umbrella of relaxed homeschoolers, and one of the reasons we are relaxed is because I want to leave plenty of time and opportunity for the children to discover their own interests.  Strewing allows me to provide a rich environment and find new ways to spark their interests and encourage rabbit trails; without the pressure of a curriculum or a scope and sequence.

strewing

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So while I am not quite an unschooler, I can certainly appreciate the idea of strewing as I learn more about it.  From my understanding, strewing was coined by unschooling advocate Sandra Dodd, and is simply the act of placing items of interest in the paths of our children so they may discover and pursue it as they wish.  The things we strew are not to be forced, and we should have no expectations from our children about when, how or even if they use or enjoy it. 

The "things" we strew can be anything from an interesting book, to a puzzle, to a website, to new art supplies, to a game, to an experience.  Anything really.  Just leave it in their path, offer it, and allow them to explore it whenever they are ready.  They may not find any interest in it, but at least I have tried.

Some of the ideas I have been strewing lately...

Books & Magazines
One of the most obvious, I suppose.  I've found there are many ways to strew books.
  • Let the kids see me reading and enjoying it
  • Recommend "new" books at bedtime that are similar to favorite stories
  • Placing a few books in highly visual areas
  • Introduce new titles by beloved authors
  • Sign up for mail-subscriptions like the free Imagination Library or magazines 
  • Play audiobooks in the background while the kids are playing (they often stop to listen)

Educational Toys and Supplies
Another easy, obvious one.  I've set out things like Wrap-Ups and Pattern Blocks and Hot Dots.  I like to set out things that can be investigated independently whenever possible.

strewing


Then sometimes I go off current interests.  Recently Elliott chose to learn about energy sources in science, and was particularly interested in electricity.  I remembered this Electrical Maze that I picked up at a sale (still brand new) for $1 awhile ago, and I set it out on the counter.  I did have to help assemble it, but we had a great discussion and the boys loved trying to beat the maze so they didn't set the buzzer off!  This also led to me asking if I should read aloud the book Benjamin Franklin and Elliott eagerly agreed.  Even Emory followed along for most of it!

strewing



Games
When I'm going through the closet and find a game we haven't played in awhile, I'll set it out to be noticed.  Sometimes it goes back without any play, and other times it is requested right away.  Recently I came across Math Dice Jr. that I bought a couple years ago.  Somehow it got packed away.  Elliott loves math, and he loves dice games, so I knew this one would be appreciated.  I left it out on the table next to some video games.  Ignore the scratches on my poor end table.  It has had a lot of LEGO Love.  Within a few minutes he had stopped playing video games and asked to play this.  We've played it numerous times and there are a lot of variations to this game so it has a lot of mileage. 

strewing


Art Supplies
Sometimes I strew items unintentionally.  When the Draw Write Now set first arrived, I left the box in the floor.  Elliott came through, found a 'magna doodle' type drawing toy and started drawing the farm animals from the book.  Another time I had a basket of art supplies sitting out from when I was planning my co-op lesson, and Emory asked if he could paint.  Absolutely!  The boys painted people, volcanoes, and a bowling scene, to name just a few things, and narrated everything to me when I asked about their work. 

strewing


Music
This is easy to do with Pandora.  I will just play various channels in the background while the kids play.  Since I'm not good at organizing composer studies or other formal music appreciation activities, this still allows us to enjoy exposure to a variety of genres.

Nature
Sometimes we find something interesting and point it out to the kids, like the bugs I mentioned my husband bringing home in when nature study just happens.  Or a simple bird's nest leads to a lot of questions about how birds build their nests and the materials they use.

strewing



iPad apps
I add new apps all the time, especially when I find free educational apps.  Sometimes I will tell the boys, and sometimes I hear "Oh, what's this?" and they explore it on their own.  Elliott particularly likes the apps produced by Blake Learning, as they are associated with the online program Reading Eggs that he uses. 

strewing



Experiences
This is something we've  been doing more of lately.  We both tend to take the boys on errands with us, encouraging questions as we go. Sometimes we ask the kids if they want to attend special events or classes, and sometimes we plan special experiences for them.  Most recently, we planned a trip based on their love of LEGO to the Legloland Florida amusement park.  I shared about that in LEGO Field Trip Planning and how it has allowed Elliott especially to rabbit trail into other activities that could easily be categorized under language arts and geography.

strewing


So while we continuously alter our environment to meet the needs of the kids, I am learning more about the art of strewing and how to use it to challenge them and help them grow.



More about Strewing
Strewing Our Children's Paths
How Strewing Strengthens Unschooling
Unschooling Ideas:  Strewing
The Art of Strewing (a series by an unschooling mom)





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Saturday, February 8, 2014

LEGO Love Week 6: LEGO Field Trip Planning

One of the benefits of homeschooling is the ability to choose field trips that are not only educational, but are also of significance to the children.  Obviously, my children love all things LEGO, and any field trip I can find that focuses on that special brick will be a hit with them.

We tend to take a big trip to Georgia every May, but this year we are extending the drive and heading down to Legoland Florida!  They offer Home School Days through May 19, so the timing worked out perfectly. 

My boys are so excited, I couldn't even begin to put it into words for you.  When we showed Elliott the printout for the tickets and he finally realized what he was reading, there were near-tears of disbelief and complete silence.  He was that excited!

Since then, he has been "planning" the trip for us.  I showed him the web address, and he learned how to navigate the website and has been exploring the park map and deciding which attractions he most wants to visit, writing his list and even mapping Legoland on Google Maps.



This is why I have a strong desire to fully implement interest-led learning in our homeschool.  It is so interesting to see how his interest in LEGO, which is educational enough on its own, can rabbit trail into other educational activities (Computer Skills, Language Arts, Geography), all on his own volition.

Legoland also offers Educational Guides that can be used for self-guided programs, and I am hoping to have a fun LEGO-Themed month of educational activities as the basis of our homeschooling before we leave for our trip.

In the past, we have visited Legoland Discovery Center of Atlanta (2013 and 2012) and had so much fun, so we are really looking forward to this trip.  

If you have ever been to the Legoland Parks, we would love your tips!




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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Relaxed Homeschooling: A Month in the Life

As we really get into homeschooling, I am learning to adjust my "method" and the way we do things.  I really think our method is best described as Relaxed Homeschooling with a Charlotte Mason Influence.  What does that mean for our family?

Relaxed Homeschooling
 

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Relaxed Homeschooling

For our family, Relaxed Homeschooling means we have some structure, but I don't have a strict schedule.  I have an outline and goals in my head each week, but I don't worry about the order of our subjects, and I am okay if we don't finish them.  It means I do not worry about which curriculum is touted to be "the best " or "the most fun" or whatever special reason it's supposedly a must-have, but I choose curriculum (or living books) based on how well my kids connect with it.  Yes, it needs to be educational, but it also needs to be meaningful.  It means if we don't get to our math lesson today because my 7 year old wanted to spend extra time on reading, I am okay with that.  It means if we don't get to our regular read-aloud for the day because the boys were asking for "just one more" poem, I am okay with that.  It means that if my sons asks to use his microscope instead of doing my planned science lesson, I am certainly okay with that.  It is about striking a balance between my long-term goals and his needs and interests.  

Charlotte Mason Influence

The Charlotte Mason Influence means that, for our family, I identify with many of her end goals, and I use many of her individual methods to meet our personal goals and needs, but I am not a slave to the method itself.  I choose living books for our studies whenever possible.  They add depth and emotion and my children connect with the material.  We love nature study and it has been our primary form of science during the early years.  My children ask for poetry, because I've incorporated it slowly and casually. I encourage art and music and I want my children to appreciate the talents of others as well as develop their own.  I try to instill good habits in my children. 



Elliott, 1st Grade

Elliott had a good month.  We have been doing "formal" science a few times a week with our Science4us.com review, and he likes it.  The hands-on activities are always a hit. To go along with the study of energy (and his new interest in electricity) we're reading Benjamin Franklin by Ingri & Edgar D'Aulaire.  While looking up Paddle-to-the-Sea by Holling C. Holling on Google Earth, we got sidetracked, after Elliott asked me to find our house.  So I showed him the roads we take to get home, and we "drove" to our house and to the houses of nearby family members.  He really enjoyed it!  We always do a lot of mental math and living math, but he still likes Math U See, and he's breezing through it.  Dressing up helps, of course!

Relaxed Homeschooling


He has also been learning even more about calenders.  He really taught himself to read a calendar, because I don't use a special teaching calendar.  When he asks a question like "how many more days until . . . " we just go to a real calender to find out.  He's also been learning calendar related words in Latin at co-op, though it would probably help if I remembered to reinforce his work at home.  Also at co-op, I know he covered architecture and warm/cool colors in art, forgot to take his glasses off one week during dodge ball in gym (ask me how I know), and learned about Groundhog's Day in Five in a Row. 

Relaxed Homeschooling


I will also find him on the iPad during free time, playing educational apps.

Relaxed Homeschooling

Elliott has always preferred math and sciences over anything that falls under the umbrella of language arts. He can read, he just needs a little encouragement to work at it and enjoy it. Finding readers that he will enjoy has been the hard part for me. If you have suggestions for a 7 year old boy, they would be much appreciated!

Relaxed Homeschooling

Emory, Pre-K

We haven't really been doing much in the way of formal work for Emory.  He likes to follow along with Elliott's Science4Us videos and Reading Eggs right now.  He absolutely loves co-op.  He brings home a lot of artsy/crafty type projects and he carries them around all the time.



He has loved to draw for awhile now, and may immerse himself for an hour or more at a time on one picture. 
Relaxed Homeschooling


Sometimes he plays by himself.  Or wraps up warm and cozy in a cocoon.
Relaxed Homeschooling

Other times, he gets a little rambunctious during Elliott's activities when they are too advanced for him, and needs some redirection.  I usually offer him some counting bears, pattern blocks or other interesting item he doesn't see often and we will play together.  This day he was playing with the balance scale and counting bears after Elliott did a lesson on science tools and measurements.

Relaxed Homeschooling

I'm also finding that it helps to walk to the bookshelf that houses our picture books, and choose a book or two to read together.  I think sometimes his "rambunctious" days come from the fact that I'm spending a lot more one-on-one with Elliott, and not nearly as much with him as I did with Elliott at that age.  I'm thinking we need to go back to a more literature-based approach all around so that he can be more involved in the process. 
Relaxed Homeschooling



Eleanor, Just Livin' the Baby Life

This little girl is full of energy and joy and is just a delight.  Even if she is a daredevil. 
 Relaxed Homeschooling
 

As you can see, she gets a lot of attention during the day, and she adores her big brothers!






Oh, and if you missed the announcement recently, she is already a year old.  Sigh.



Family Time

A lot of our "school" is just natural learning that takes place during free time and family activities.

There's always a LEGO creation or two floating around the house.  This was some kind of teleporter or something that Emory created.  Notice he tried to be symmetrical. 


If you can't tell, Elliott is excited for the new LEGO movie that is coming out.  So are all of his LEGO people, don't ya know!?  They are in the theater.


This was some kind of "game" that Emory invented.  Playing games with him, especially ones he makes up, makes me want to poke myself in the eye.  I do it because I love him.

Relaxed Homeschooling


Whenever the weather is suitable, we are OUTSIDE enjoying fresh air and the glories of nature! Emory asked for a baggie so he could collect nature.   

Relaxed Homeschooling

Then there have been days this month where the snow falls fast and furious, and the wind chills make the already single digit or negative temperatures unbearable, so we enjoy nature from the window.  The weather this past month has been wacky, to say the least. 



We play a lot of board games as a family.  One morning Daddy was able to stay home later in the morning with us, and we played Disney Pictionary before he left for work.  This was Emory's Goofy drawing.


Then sometimes we play games at night before bed.  Elliott loves Battleship. 

Relaxed Homeschooling


We went to our first KidsArt class at the art museum this month.  During the art hour they discussed Martin Luther King Jr's "I Have a Dream" speech and asked the children to draw something they dream about.  The hour with the local performing arts center was a lot of 'ice breaker' type movement exercises.  It's a weekly class, but we're thinking once a month will be enough for us right now.

Relaxed Homeschooling



Then there is a lot of cooperative play in our house. 

"Emory, you're supposed to say 'Today on the show we're cooking....' because that's what they say when they teach you how to cook something new."  Obviously, our habit of watching DIY and cooking shows has rubbed off on our kids.
Relaxed Homeschooling








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