First Day of the Same

If I can’t manage to do regular blog posts, the least I can do is document the first day of the new school year. With the way we home school, it feels like an artificial deadline, but we try to keep it simple and follow our local church school schedule since they do Home School…

Pie Are Not Square. Pie Are Round.

I have to credit my brother-in-law Adam for the quote in the title. Today we messed with Math, and I desperately need to blog these things, or my progress reports will be a struggle. I was awakened this morning to a parade of three pairs of eyes, no, make that four – can’t forget the dog –…

Sneaky Math and Zombie Science

Today was a comfortable day with the sort of natural flow of learning that I love. After breakfast, Ian and Isaac wanted to finish a Lego project they started yesterday, so I said I’d do something with Elijah. When they noticed that I’d brought out the Magna-Tiles, they all decided to join Elijah and I….

Learning Goals for 2015-2016

Today is the¬†third day of our home school year. ¬†Again, I’m battling the urge to justify my position by over-scheduling our learning experiences. That fear is rearing its head that they will suddenly stop absorbing knowledge if I don’t start cramming. This is the first year I’ve actually mentioned that, technically, by law, we are…

Janu-Weary

  January has not come or gone gently. But, it’s been a good busy. I’ve found myself in the very bizarre position of helping to facilitate a high school Sabbath School class. It’s odd because leadership/speaking positions are very uncomfortable for me and my kids are so young still that I don’t have confidence in…

Looking Forward, Catching Up

Gak! I think I’ve found a moment to write something. Friday was Home School Friday at Shoal Creek. It was also the book fair, and I had volunteered to run the register after school. How I ended up with a small stack of books, I don’t know. Books are dangerous like that. Ian and I…

It Adds Up to a Good Day

Yesterday marked the first day, since we graduated from cheese rolls to soft-taco-no-lettuce, that Isaac ordered something new at Taco Bell. We are now in the era of the Doritos Locos Taco. While out on our errands, we discovered that Office Depot is moving and they are deeply discounting everything. The boys got excited about…

Math on Time

I found Ian’s watch a couple days ago, buried in a drawer I was organizing. He happily strapped it on his wrist and set about determining the time. We have worked on time-telling a little bit here and there, so we reviewed the “math” of each hand. Today, he demonstrated a math trick that, seriously,…

Radio Science

As is common with our time in the car together, we started an interesting educational discussion today on the way home from Isaac’s piano lesson. One of the boys was talking about God. Ian made the analogy that God is like the power plant and prayer is the power lines connecting us to Him. Next,…

Monsters, Mars and Math

Here are the latest home school highlights: We tore through the abridged “The Time Machine” by H.G. Wells. The boys were insatiable, if not a little scared, but it helped when we reminded them that everything worked out because “he” was retelling adventures he survived, instead of enduring them in “real time.” Isaac insisted we…