October 2008

birthday gift

October 29, 2008

I know I said I’d write more about teaching school and homeschooling, but it’s birthday week around here, so that post will have to wait. My little man turned seven yesterday. Birthday bliss: a crown made by your sister, some new checkers and Ricky Ricotta books, and eating cheese and crackers from the birthday bunny […]

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on homeschooling and teaching credentials

October 23, 2008

I’ve had a lovely correspondence with a new blog-friend, Melissa of WhatKnot. (Do stop by her blog and take in her beautiful photos of her kids and her crafts, and her charming way with words.) In an exchange of emails about homeschooling, Melissa pointed out that many people who homeschool (including me) seem to have […]

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button box

October 21, 2008

Somewhere along the way, I inherited my grandmother’s button box. I don’t think I originally appreciated it as much as I do now. My grandmother (I assume) made it from an old cigar box. She covered it with lots of beautiful buttons, and painted it in matte black paint. There are buttons missing in spots […]

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October 15, 2008

Or: How about a post on writing? One of my essays has now been rejected four times. It’s a piece about a trip we took to Spain a few years back, a piece about how travel abroad can bring out the most beastly behavior in children–with actual examples of my children’s beastliness. It’s also about […]

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wonderings from the wonder farm

October 13, 2008

Today’s wonderings brought to you courtesy of Mr. T. Is being an ice cream man a good job? Is Mr. Tdore Roosevelt dead? How did John McCain fight big tobacco? Do ants have pupils? Is George Bush a Democrat or a Republican?  I wonder what it would be like to turn your skin inside out. […]

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species #3

October 9, 2008

Well, we are just ripping along with the 100-Species Challenge. At this rate, we’ll get to our 100th species about 75 months from now, which puts us at the beginning of 2015. That’s actual statistics, not hyperbole. I’ll try to do better. This was a fun one though, so I thought I’d share it here. […]

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six weeks

October 1, 2008

At the homeschool conference, I went to several sessions with Catherine Levinson, a Charlotte Mason speaker. She had a lot to say about cultivating habits in kids. Apparently Charlotte was a big believer in cultivating habit. The mother who takes pains to endow her children with good habits secures for herself smooth and easy days.—Charlotte […]

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