Creative Writing with Secondo: Stuart Little Finds Margalo

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I really need to get to this blog more often since the boys are learning and doing so many things that truly demonstrates what a love of learning looks like. Alas, life happens and these musings float around in my head until I can finally write it down. Today, for more »

Homeschool Shop Class: Ultimate “Take-a-part”

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It’s a Captain Obvious moment, but I think it is safe to say that there is a huge difference between theory and practice. This can apply to everything, including topics as varied as art, math, music, how you organize a home school, or even parenting, in general. Experience is the more »

Science and Faith: Incompatible?

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Are the pursuits of Science and Faith incompatible? This discussion has come up at the Redneck household as we have been considering participation in some local Co-Ops that have chosen to use some Faith-based Science curricula. The short answer? Probably, not. Or, so I believe. As a practicing “rocket scientist” (engineer) I see Science literally, as more »

Shut Up and Color! Left Brain vs Right Brain

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An alternate title for this one could even be Artistic License in Smackdown with Bad Teachers. Every now and then we encounter experiences that remind us in striking terms that some people are not cut out to be teachers, and just exactly why we educate our children at home. These more »

The Joy of Eureka! and Revelations on Common Core

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If you’re looking for a decidedly pro or anti stance on Common Core (CC), you won’t find it here. Instead, you’ll find a little bit of both. I’m seeking illumination, and, admittedly, the internet is a terrible place to seek it, being filled with information largely devoid of fact, wisdom, or truth. more »

What constitutes “real homeschooling”?

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On several forums the question of “What makes a ‘real homeschooler’?” or “What is ‘real homeschooling’?” inevitably comes up in various forms. I personally find the concept behind the question repugnant and politically dangerous for those of us that choose alternatives to “traditional” brick-and-mortar, government-run education. For lack of a more »

Trends in Understanding Science and Technology (and What It Means to Education)

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The National Science Foundation released its report on Science and Engineering Indicators 2014 this last February. Needless to say, I find the trends disturbing. Yet, most people will go on with their lives with nary a thought about the trends, nor will these same people recognize the disingenuous concerns expressed by more »

Science (and other topics) With Primo: Unit Studies: Bacteria vs Virus

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Recently, the topic of “unit studies” or “main lessons” came up on a reddit.com discussion. This approach to home education is useful to create a topic focus that wraps many disciplines into a month long (or longer) period. This ability to “connect the dots” should help pique the interest in more »

Book Review: Twenty-One Balloons

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The Twenty One Balloons is an excellent tale about a man whose balloon led him on a fantastic journey to the volcanic island of Krakatoa. The Twenty One Balloons is fiction, and was originally published in 1947. The book’s author,William Pène du Bois, has also written Lion, Bear Party, Bear Circus, more »

Flying Filberts! Trebuchet! A Lesson in… almost everything.

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Here is yet another example of how many different topics can be fuzed into a single simple project. Several years ago the boys and I built a small trebuchet that could fling filberts about 40 to 50 feet; it was a lesson in history, mythology, music, math, physics, botany, nutrition, more »