Homeschool Shop Class: Go Kart!

Too cool for words

Boy have I been lax in getting things written! I realized this heading home from a Memorial Day visit with some friends when Secondo decided to wax-philosophical, “How do I know if I exist? How do I know if you exist? How do I know what my purpose is?” This more »

The Joy of Eureka! and Revelations on Common Core


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 »

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


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 »

More Adventures in Innumeracy


Writing error-free books is difficult. I get that. But every once in a while certain errors just rub me so wrong I just have to scream. My latest encounter is with Primo’s pre-algebra student workbook (Horizon’s Lesson #95). Click on the picture to be “amazed.” My first reaction was, “In more »

Fusing Curriculum: Sphinxes, Gods, and Mummies – Oh My!


Home education offers us the opportunity to fuse subjects around a central topic. This is not an unschooled approach, but rather an education of opportunity. Currently we are in ancient Egyptian overload, but when you find a topic that interests the student it is probably best to squeeze as much out of more »

Ancient Navigation: The Astrolabe


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Innumeracy: Math Misadventures


John Allen Paulos’ book Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences is one of my favorite books. But then I am the math/science geek of our crew. So often people cop out of anything involving numbers with a perverse pride; this allows media to take advantage of ignorance just as easily more »