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You can never be too careful

Can you believe those irresponsible parents? Letting their children walk around the neighborhood unsupervised!? That's a recipe for abduction, that is. Every year in the United States, somewhere between 100 and 200 children are abducted by strangers. That's, on average, about 1 every 3 days or so. So I never let my child out without me watching. You can never be too careful. ...

2015-04-16   [Permalink] #parenting   #school  

Hi anti-vaccination friends!

Hi anti-vaccination friends! How are you? Didn't we have fun chatting the other day? I liked those cookies too. Great. But, there is something I didn't mention. I went quiet for a bit when a few topics came up, and later I didn't respond to your related Facebook post, either. That's what I want to talk about. ...

2015-02-14   [Permalink] #science   #school  

Useful Subjects

"Kids should learn all kinds of things, like geography, classic literature, ancient history, world history, American history, state capitals, economics, philosophy, world religions, art, theater, music, Latin, French, iambic pentameter, haikus, sentence diagramming, and algebra." ...

2014-01-13   [Permalink] #school   #science  

Homeschool Socialization, Part II

How does a homeschooled kid ever get socialization? Homeschoolers are extremely tired of it, but it's a common question. I still don't understand why, exactly, but it's common. As I detailed in The magic socialization of public school, "public school socialization", especially for the younger kids, is really not all people think it is. But how does a homeschooler's social life compare? ...

2013-09-20   [Permalink] #school  

"Girls are people" books for young kids

"Dad, how come in most stories, it's a boy that does stuff?" said my daughter last year sometime. "Well, uh, because for a long time… Um, well, you see… hmmm…" I'm not sure what I eventually got out, but I vowed to try to find books where it was a girl who went out and did things. I know there are lots of them out there, but they're not easy to find. So I thought I'd list the ones I have personally vetted and read to my daughter. ...

2013-08-29   [Permalink] #school   #parenting   #gender  

Norse myths unit study, part 1

Last night we watched Thor as a family. So today we ended up talking a bit about the Norse myths: about Jotunheim, Asgard, and Earth; Odin, Loki, and Thor, etc. She's six, so we didn't get too deep, mostly just answering questions and looking up pictures online. Later in the day I picked up a library book (D'Aulaires' Book of Norse Myths), but we've not yet looked at it. ...

2013-08-22   [Permalink] #school  

Homeschool record keeping

Technically I'm not required to do any record keeping. My state, Kansas, does not require it. All I need to do is wait until she turns 7 and register myself as a "Non-Accredited Private School". After that I merely need to make sure she owns shoes and keep her from eating too many paint chips. That's pretty much it. However, I've already registered myself with the state to make it "official" and to keep things consistent, and have been keeping some basic records of things we did each week. ...

2013-08-05   [Permalink] #school  

Our daily homeschool schedule

I thought I'd never be one of those spreadsheet schedule people, but I didn't want to have our day be completely unstructured either. I just hope this isn't too much structure: ...

2013-08-03   [Permalink] #school  

What's regular school like?

"Dad, could I go to regular school sometime, just to see what it's like?"



Hmmm, I figured she'd eventually ask about it, but I didn't think it'd be so soon. Oh well. I began formulating a list in my head of how it'd be different: ...

2013-08-01   [Permalink] #school  

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