March 2009

atwitter: february/march

March 27, 2009

I never got around to writing an atwitter post last month, so there’s more to share this month. A few of the things that have me all worked up these days: beekeeping. About ten years ago, we planted our front hillside with more than sixty lavender plants. Every July the hillside is smothered in bees, […]

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highlights from a history fair

March 23, 2009

Our homeschooling group hosts a history fair every year and I love it. I love talking to kids who are excited with what they’re learning about.  I love seeing the handiwork of little hands. (Those are Mr. T’s hands and planets.) A collection of Native American dwellings. I love seeing the creativity of their displays. […]

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I’d like a thimbleful of channa masala, please

March 16, 2009

Lulu is finishing up her project for our homeschool group’s history fair. It’s an Indian dollhouse kitchen inspired, I think, by her fairy house building with Mr. T. My favorite parts are the tiny clay spice dishes, and the window out to an authentic Indian street. She wanted to build a modern-day Indian kitchen. It […]

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the scribe and the storyteller

March 10, 2009

One of Mr. T’s favorite things to do is to tell me a story, and have me write it down. Actually, he’s been adding on to the same story for months now–Scritch and Scratch, about a boy and a girl turned into wolves who have many adventures in space. Yesterday he was jumping out of […]

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february: notes on montaigne

March 7, 2009

The next installment in My Year of Excellent Essayists. Are you up for this? Notes on a sixteenth-century essayist? Before you click away, note that I’ve added a few marginally related photos to hold your interest. Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592) is widely regarded as the father of the essay. The word essay originated in the […]

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making space, literally and figuratively

March 4, 2009

The ever-wonderful Lori has a truly inspiring post up over at Camp Creek. It’s called Making Space For Their Ideas, and it’s all about how to help kids facilitate their own projects. How to let go of your own ideas, to make space for them to have their own ideas. If you haven’t read it […]

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