Coaching the Lethargic Writer

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I find much irony in a child that loves to read, and can express himself verbally, yet resists writing. An even greater irony is the latest challenge surrounding a book report on The Phantom Tollbooth, by Norton Juster. Primo read the book about three years ago, but picked it up more »

Extraordinary in the Extraordinary

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The natural world is extraordinary; only the loneliest, bitter souls would deny this with some quip about the ubiquitous nature of nature. Fortunately I have met few who are not awed by the beauty of the natural world, especially the examples found in our National Parks. Every now and then Mother Nature outdoes more »

Science With Secondo: Giving Blood To The Cause

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Science with Secondo is still in the observational stage; for a nearly-nine-year-old we are content with simply building models and running simple experiments for that “gee whiz!” factor. And this is as it should be, since we want to ensnare their curiosity. The current course of study is Biology. Naturally, we reached more »

Kidnapped! (Reading and Writing Tales of Woe)

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The latest round of reading and writing with Primo has been … challenging. If you remember from our post “The Same, But Different” we were struggling with getting Primo to read Robert Louis Stevenson’s Kidnapped. He didn’t like the abridged version, as it seemed “rushed”, but delving into the original text more »

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Scratch is a great way to start teaching kids how to program; the sky is not even close to the limit. It allows kids (and adults, alike) to explore their creativity in the form of games, animation, music, and much more. See Primo’s (a.k.a. RedNeckSideKick) page here and Secondo’s page is here. Here is more »

Limiting “Screen Time”

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The pediatricians at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) have spoken (again): Children should be limited to less than 2 hours of “screen-time” per day. Of course they do make a critical distinction in their statement, that the “screen-time” being limited is entertainment-based. My father was a former AAP board pediatrician, more »

10 Reasons NOT to Homeschool

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I was planning on writing a “Ten Reasons to Homeschool” list; the list of all the reasons is long and it has taken some time to think of my favorites. And, I’ll have to admit that we like homeschooling so much that it was getting difficult to think of a humorous more »

Extra Curricular: “Dangerous” Play is Okay

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When they are not studying hard, we keep both Primo and Secondo busy with extra curricular activities. We feel this is essential to a healthy life balance (all work and no play …). Evermore we continue to hear about public forums banning our childhood favorites: dodgeball, tetherball, tag, … face more »

The Same, But Different (Abridged vs Classic vs Modern Literature)

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Several years ago, when we first started educating Primo and Secondo at home, we set out to fill our library with the classics that we remembered, as well as a few we never got around to reading ourselves (gasp :-0). In some cases we bought abridged or adaptations of the classics that more »

“Creation” Writing

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In the beginning, Primo detested writing. But, with the help of BraveWriter’s The Arrow program his reluctance is waning quickly. If you remember our post on Fusing Skills: Writing, Math, and Science the focus was, obviously, technical. This week’s effort is a bit more creative. The topic was stories of creation based on more »