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Pretty shiny space

In our house THIS is about as fun as fun can be. As you can imagine, homeschooling astronomy geeks are sqeaking with glee. At least at my house. Not to mention how it gives the writers imagination a injection of Super Creativity Juice.

Worldwide Telescope


Where I will be buying most of the Christmas Presents for Hatchling #3

If none of that makes you lose hours of your day Kristen’s Letter to her Cat cracked me up. Go say Hi!


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I should have named this post For Sela

Homeschooling No Longer Carries Stigma I have to say most people still look at me like I have four heads to go along with my seven kids when I say that I homeschool. Or they assume I’m a fundamentalist, especially with the amount of children I have. (Not. Have you read any of my stories? Fundamentalist? Moi? *snort*)

Here’s Another Excellent, but older article from the Stanford Alumni Mag I read that one when I want to reassure myself that walking to the beat of this different drummer CAN lead to wonderful places.

“But conviction, more than convenience, is the reason Baruch kept her children at home. At age 16, she vowed that if she ever had kids, their education would differ from hers. Baruch attended a traditional Hebrew yeshiva in Brooklyn. “I was very much excited about learning, but there was not time to just learn for the love of learning,” she says. “There was an hour [for each subject], and when it was up, the bell rang. That was it. Interested, not interested, awake, asleep–you moved on to the next thing.”

Butler, in contrast, has followed his fancy, learning mainly by experience. His mother seized upon daily activities like cooking and gardening as educational opportunities. Butler and his siblings practiced math by dividing recipes in the kitchen; they devoured books on dinosaurs and mammals. Through an afternoon class offered at a local school, Butler got hooked on beekeeping. “

That pretty much sums up the Why and Way we do it here, and it’s a wonderful, smooth stress free way of living.

Which is why I can write. Because I’m not super stressed or over scheduled. Granted, I’ve had to learn to not squander my time, but none of that was because of the kids. (They don’t have access to my e-mail accounts, forums, or get lost on the web and in books in the name of research. Nope. That’s all ME, baby.)

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Subject: New Math

Subject: New Math

Last week I purchased a burger at Burger King for $1.58. The counter

girl took my $2 and I was digging for my change when I pulled 8 cents from

my pocket and gave it to her. She stood there, holding the nickel and 3

pennies, while looking at the screen on her register. I sensed her

discomfort and tried to tell her to just give me two quarters, but she
hailed the manager for help. While he tried to explain the transaction
to her, she stood there and cried her heart out. Why do I tell you this?
(Read the following carefully)

Because of the evolution in teaching math since the 1950s:

1. Teaching Math In 1950

A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is

4/5 of the price. What is his profit?

2. Teaching Math In 1960

A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is

4/5 of the price, or $80. What is his profit?

3. Teaching Math In 1970

A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is

$80. Did he make a profit?

4. Teaching Math In 1980

A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is

$80 and his profit is $20. Your assignment: Underline the number 20.

5. Teaching Math In 1990

A logger cuts down a beautiful forest because he is selfish and

inconsiderate and cares nothing for the habitat of animals or the

preservation of our woodlands. He does this so he can make a profit

of $ 20.What do you think of this way of making a living? Topic for class

participation after answering the question: “How did the birds and

squirrels feel as the logger cut down their homes?” (There are no wrong

answers )

6. Teaching Math In 2007

Un hachero vende una carretada de maderapara $100. El costo de la

producciones es $80. Cuanto dinero ha hecho?

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“Would you like to go see Bowfire?”


“Romeo and Juliet?”


Dance Asia?


Me-getting exasperated, “Well what would you like to see?”


“Sorry, that will NOT qualify you for credit.”


“This we can do.”

Maybe if I can get her interested we can go see The Pearl and I would have loved to have seen Blast (band geek that I am), but the local March show was sold out in October. Hrumph.

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THIS is what I am doing with the Oldest Hatchling Daughter, who looks at me as if I have four heads and am green.

“But Mom, what does the second Declension MEAN?”

*Mom bangs head AGAIN*

Other than that, I finally made it to Daisy headquarters and bought all of the tunics, flags, petals and pins and set the Daisy kidlets all off as such.

The typhoon that is The Week Before Christmas has begun.

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So this month I had to wade though all of the historical kids fiction for Jamestown/Pilgrim/Thanksgiving. You know what? There’s a lot of crap out there. Pocahontas did not lie her head upon John Smith’s head to save him. K? So stop using that. Pilgrims did not wear big hats and buckles to the feast. I know, you are all so smart and know this already, but fiction doesn’t.

What I want more of are books like This One. It’s actually non fict. Nice.

There are more and more homeschoolers every year. They are a vast diverse population of people who will spend $ on good books (over $100 just this month on schooling books-which is not counting my own fiction addiction). My problem is-yes, there are a lot of historical fiction for kids but they are either dumbed down, historically inaccurate, or written with a specific doctrinal slant. Heads Up. There are many secular homeschoolers. I’m not one of them, but I actually don’t like letting my kids read books with a Christian slant. I’ll teach the faith, thank you. I want my children’s historical fiction to be well written, historically accurate and engaging. Many fantastic books were written years ago, but since new discoveries have been made and they’ve become outdated. Some fantastic picture books are out there for little guys but my 13 year old is not thrilled about reading them.

My husband tells me I should fill this gap. Maybe one day, but not now.

This site is a good start, but finding some of those books to purchase is hard, sometimes impossible.

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As I was upstairs trying to put the baby to sleep, and there were ZOOMING feet downstairs. Like the noise you make when you imitate a kitty galloping and pouncing. It was LOUD. Punctuated with giggles. That was my hint that there was bad-badness afoot. I would have let them zoom outside, but Fall has decided to come back (thank God) and thunderstorms were threatening. Sometimes they make me crazy enough to tell them to play with lightening bolts, but this was not one of those times. So, the giggles got LOUDER, and as I peeled myself away from the wee sleeping leech, there was a CRASH, and then a CRY.

Mother’s intuition is not some psychic ability, it is knowing that Zooming+Giggles=CRASH+CRY (<–Was that Algebraic? I might have impressed myself. Yes, it’s that easy)

So I run downstairs to find BEANS everywhere and, like the cartoons, people have fallen in them. I had bought a few bags of beans to let the Leech play with (in a big bowl with scoops and spoons) while we did schoolwork, and WHO KNEW that 5 and 6 year olds would love BOWLS OF BEANS?

“FINE!” I say, as I sweep them up, “BEANS for Christmas it is!”

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