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First Day of School

First Day of Public School

All three of our boys have been homeschooled. Two years ago the First decided he wanted to go to public school for his 7th grade year, and he made the transition beautifully. Last year the Ice followed him, and had his first year of middle school. This year the Maker was ready to take his […]

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Eating Nevada

Saturday afternoon I was sitting in the kitchen happily enjoying a solitary lunch and reading a book. The Maker was over at the kitchen counter with an apple and a paring knife, making himself a snack. I only barely noticed that there were a lot more cutting and chopping noises than it normally takes to […]

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Math and Jello

The Husband just sent me this fabulous email: * * *A couple of weeks ago, The Maker asked me if we could make some Jello. This morning I asked him if he’d rather read or make Jello and he said make Jello, so I said as soon as he cleaned up his breakfast mess and […]

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Worm babies, maps, and vending machines

Worm babies, maps, and vending machines

Our new worms are faring well, I think, although as the Husband quipped recently, “they don’t talk much.” But we have nonetheless learned quite a bit about them, and we’re here to pass this valuable knowledge on to you. Where worm babies come fromBelieve it or not, actress Isabella Rossellini (remember that freaky David Lynch […]

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Our new pets are worms

Our new pets are worms

We recently acquired a pound of worms to eat our garbage and teach us something. The Maker, age 7, is the boss of all these worms and the font of all the following information. 1. We have one pound of worms.Are they a herd? A warren? A flotilla? Unknown at this time. We also don’t […]

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ten sentences in 24 hours

The Maker created a bit of a stir this week. He had a homeschool assignment to copy ten sentences of his choice from the book of his choice as a writing exercise. One might think, since he’s done this routinely before, that this would be a non-remarkable thing. One would be wrong. Book: The Great […]

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Math Genius?

Math Genius?

During a recent parent-child homework session we discovered that the Husband can instantly and simultaneously solve four addition flash cards, held upside down by one bemused wife and one increasingly astonished 7 year old son. If we’d had more sons present at the time, the challenge might have escalated. So here is a sentence I […]

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Five Ways the First is Cool

Last week the First attended a public school for the first time in his life. He’s in seventh grade. When he came home I asked him what the best thing about his first day was, and he told me he had participated in a game in one of his classes in which each student had […]

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