Q: “Mom, how many fingers am I holding up?” Me: (Cue deep sigh of annoyance) “I am not playing this game.” Q: “Come on Mom, how many?” Me: “You know I can’t see anything.” Q: “Ok, but like, what do you think you see?” – Little did my son know the weight of that question […]
A typical Wednesday in 2014. This is what homeschool was for us. Every Monday I will post some favorite books and resources. Today is throwback list from 2014 when my children were 4, 6, 8, 10, and 16. Click here for the list. The list remains the same list that I have given to others […]
Think outside the box. (Or use the box to do it.)
I posted this Twyla Tharp quote as a journalling prompt for my teens the other day: “Before you can think out of the box, you have to start with a box.” Sometimes you have to learn the rules or experiment within a safe container, before breaking them and venturing outside and taking a leap. Creativity isn’t […]
F*ck The Brady Bunch…and John Mayer.
As we were all gathered in the kitchen prepping dinner, I watched my kids do their chores and cook in harmonic bliss, all with the usual hip hop beats in the background. Today’s choice: The DJ Filthy Rich playlist of Tribe. They were laughing and chatting as usual. I remarked to them, in a rhetorical […]
A link to a favourite post..
One of my favourite posts. Let’s not forget to hand write. Especially now. Here, I talk about finding letters and other handwritten correspondence from my grandparents who I have been thinking about lately. My great aunt just passed away. I saw her every day for a large span of my childhood. More on the importance […]
A Geometrical Family Activity.
Make a mandala. Make it on paper. Make it in the garden with things found in nature. For more details, you can read my old blog post. The Ancient India block, where we create mandalas, is one of my favourite blocks. As they draw a the mandalas, I tell the story of Brahma, Vishnu, and […]
Why the shouty caps? I can’t EMPHASIZE how important this activity is to do with your child of any age. I am reading aloud again to my five children: my 22 year old, my 16 year old, my 14 year old, my 12 year old, and my 10 year old. We are on Chapter 3 […]
Once upon a time.
“Make up a story… For our sake and yours forget your name in the street; tell us what the world has been to you in the dark places and in the light. Don’t tell us what to believe, what to fear. Show us belief’s wide skirt and the stitch that unravels fear’s caul.” – Toni […]
The Measure of the Earth aka Geometry.
”Philosophy is written in this grand book – I mean the universe – which stands continually open to our gaze, but it cannot be understood unless one first learns to comprehend the language and interpret the characters in which it is written. It is written in the language of mathematics, and its characters are triangles, […]
Humanities Part two. A Re-post.
“Some people talk to animals. Not many listen though. That’s the problem.” ― A.A. Milne, Yesterday I talked about a block I did with my son on Superheroes. Today I am posting a link to a blog post when I did a “Human and Animal” Block with my #3 who was 10 at the time and an […]