Monthly Archives: January 2011

Promoting Versatility and Adaptability

I should have taken a picture, because it was too cute for words. There she sat on the couch, stud-finder in hand and her daddy’s ballcap (the one with the fancy LED lights for seeing in dark spaces) firmly set … Continue reading

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Birds Fly, Fish Swim, Kids LEARN

Last night I ‘attended’ a teleconference on unschooling. For those of you who are still turning over the phrase ‘homeschooling’ and having trouble, ‘unschooling’ is not as bad as it sounds. The wealth of choice of curriculum (or lack thereof) … Continue reading

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Caves – A Trip Into the Dark

Missouri is known as the ‘cave state’ and I’ve had a fascination with them ever since I read Huckleberry Finn as a child. So when the notice came up that Fantastic Caverns was having homeschool rates from February 1-14, I … Continue reading

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Your Reaction Counts

Every parent wants to think their child is perfect, and I’m no exception. However, there is a large gap at times between what we want and what the reality is. Recently our little 4-year-old has been misbehaving in stores. She … Continue reading

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Maps and Reading Lessons

“Mama, I’ve made a map with my new sharpened pencil.” Emily said, smiling proudly, a piece of copy paper clutched to her chest. Dave had just installed our manual sharpener on the wall down in the basement and helped Emily … Continue reading

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“I Thought So”

I attended an “Introduction to Permaculture” class in Emporia, Kansas yesterday. In attendance, among the dozen or so students, were two kids. I’d estimate the girl’s age at about fourteen and the boy was approximately eleven years old (I didn’t … Continue reading

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Homeschooling An Only Child

Today was ‘Homeschool Recess’ – the one and only activity that we, as beginning homeschoolers, actually participate in. Due to a endless series of bad timing, illness, the holidays, and bad directions – today was only the second homeschool recess … Continue reading

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A “Why Would You Homeschool” Argument at the Post Office

Snow has been falling all day here in Belton. But that hasn’t deterred me from venturing outside to run some errands. We needed some groceries and I had a package to mail at the post office. Emily was bouncing about, … Continue reading

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Coin-Operated Boy Redux

I love my daughter. Actually, I love both of them, very much. However, today, I’m speaking of the younger one, age four years three months. Recently, she has had an obsession with the song “Coin-Operated Boy” by the Dresden Dolls. … Continue reading

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The Art of Stepping Back

So this week, Emily was mastering the art of blowing up balloons. I could call it science and health, if I were tracking such things yet, but she’s four, so I’m not doing any ‘official’ recording. What kid doesn’t love … Continue reading

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