Looking Back

Looking back in order to evaluate. It is always a worthwhile activity.  Sometimes you gain insight about the behavior of your guinea pig. And sometimes it yields an insight that helps to guide your future. Yesterday afternoon I sat down with one of my kids for a chat and we …

Learning From A FavScientist

I happened on a great set of videos by top scientists about their favorite scientist (yes it’s a tiny bit geeky, but very educational, gentle, and G-rated as far as I could tell) produced by Nottingham Trent University. The web site is www.favscientist.com and they also have a youtube channel …

When Horrible is Good

History really is a compilation of stories from various people’s perspectives. Dates and locations and other facts are thrown in, but the truly memorable part of history is the story. What happened and why? How did individuals feel at the time? These are the parts you remember. And these are …

Avoiding Common Core Math

Most of us who homeschool, and perhaps even more who don’t, are greatly concerned over the emergence of common core math. Our first thought is to bury our head under a blanket or quilt because, we reason, it cannot effect us: we know our children. They are smart, engaging, curious …

Standing Tall, Speaking Clearly

How do we teach our children to stand tall? How do we teach them to live up to the blessings of freedom we have been given simply by being citizens of this great nation? What does any of this have to do with homeschooling? When we homeschool, we do it …

Learning in Strange Places

My kids have always loved gaming. Board games, imagination games, computer games, games on paper, pretty much any game. In fact when they were preschool aged I could always get them to learn a new subject by calling it a game. I even tried that with laundry folding once, but …

Review of The Fallacy Detective

Nathaniel and Hans Bluedorn’s book, “The Fallacy Detective: Thirty-Eight Lessons on How to Recognize Bad Reasoning,” is a great book for ages 9 and up. It is perfect for an introduction to logic for those of you using classical homeschooling methods, and downright fun and useful for others. Truth be …

Polymer Science Fun

Colorful polymer beads are fun to play with. Children of all ages are delighted by them.  They start out small and hard. You place them in water and within 24 hours they have expanded into beautiful, large beads that play with light and act as rubbery magnifying devices. I did …