Taking your kids to a renaissance fair can be a great way to spend the day – especially if they have spent time learning about Renaissance Europe and Tutor England. Only downside is if your kids are like mine, they may spend time pointing out the historical inconsistencies at the fair. Either way, they will have a really fun day and feel as if they have been transported back in time. The look of awe on their face as two knights come to blows in a joust is well worth the entrance fee.Read More →

It is so important for kids to realize that math is not a dreary, dull subject. There are a few mathematicians who stand out as truly loving mathematics and providing engaging explanations that make math understandable and fun for all ages. Vi Hart is one such mathematician. A young woman with a wonderful sense of humor and a wickedly smart sense of math, Vi graduated from Harvard and joined the Khan Academy. She also has a tremendous volume of youtube videos and additional information on her web site at http://vihart.com/everything/ Using Vi Hart’s material is a great activity to enhance math lessons on a Friday afternoon,Read More →

Last week I took the kids to an annual Farm Days event for homeschoolers at the Hidden Villa Farm in the SF Bay Area. This is a regular activity for us and even though the kids are getting older, they still love spending the day in the fields picking food, preparing lunch, and visiting with the animals. This year they even learned to spin wool and now they cannot wait for our poodle to grow out his hair so they can try to create a poodle-wool sweater. On a serious note, learning about farm life and how farmers lived in the 19th century in theRead More →

This site is dedicated to sharing our adventure through curriculum I tweak or develop myself. These include math and history enrichment, home classroom setup, curriculum organization, and motivational strategies, but there are many others in store. I also will post posters and diagrams and tools that the Doodle Bugs have enjoyed. The Bugs and I hope that you find lots of useful materials for your own adventure.Read More →