Month: January 2008

Keeping Up with the Bob Joneses, or “So What?”

Many homeschoolers, often newbies but sadly often not, panic if their child is not exactly on the school’s schedule, is “behind.” Let’s leave the question of just what “behind” really means for another day and assume for the sake of argument that every child really does need exactly twelve years of schooling before starting college or

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Month: January 2008

Listening to Language

Did you know you can google “Italian radio” or “French radio” and find a lot of FREE internet radio stations in those languages? COOL! I got curious and started looking for a language to stump it. Found Italian, French, Swedish, Irish, Swiss, Hungarian, and MAORI. I stopped trying after Maori. 🙂

Month: January 2008

Ai-yi-yi

Lock (10) and his younger brother Kyro (6) are playing some kind of superhero game with stuffed animals. Lock is getting agitated: “You can’t be invincible, that’s not fair!” Kyro is getting a little weepy, insisting that he wants to be invincible, that it is not unfair! As I am starting to intervene, it occurs

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Month: January 2008

Pecans = Math

About seven years ago …  “Look, Mom, I broke my pecan in half.” “Mmm-hmmm. Does it taste better that way?” “Now I broke both halves in half. Now I eat them!” “Wow! Do you know that when you break a half in half, it’s called a fourth?” “A fourth?” “Yeah, look. I’ll break this pecan

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Month: January 2008

11yo Homeschooler Taken at Gunpoint

An 11yo bumped his head (Jan 2008, read full story). A dad, trained in combat paramedics, determined his son did not need to go to ER. A neighbor decided otherwise, and called paramedics, who showed up and were miffed when dad wouldn’t let them take the boy (who had no broken bones, no dilated eyes,

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Month: January 2008

Month: January 2008

That Time of the Quadrennium

It’s that time of the quadrennium when politics can’t be avoided, try as we may. If your kids are curious you might like to check out the online Time for Kids, a junior version of Time Magazine. There’s no chat feature or any sort of message board, so they can surf safely. National and international

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Month: January 2008