Just The Facts: A Writing Assignment

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Sometimes the stars align perfectly. I think we finally moved past the general “freak out” that occurs around every writing assignment. For a while Primo convinced himself that he could not write. However, the last few assignments prove otherwise. In this case, we tasked Primo to analyze news articles about a recent more »

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 »

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 »

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

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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 »

Book Review – Mummies In The Morning

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Follow this link to Secondo report on The Magic Tree House: MummiesInTheMorning.

Book Review: The Hunger Games

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The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins, was published in October, 2008. This book covers many different fiction genres and I see the basic theme as survival in a post-apocalyptic world. This is the first book in The Hunger Games Trilogy with Catching Fire as number two and Mockingjay as number more »

Coaching the Reluctant Student

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Secondo is our reluctant student and natural contrarian. GranolaGirl has often joked when Secondo was a toddler that he was really a cantankerous 80-year-old Frenchman in a 2-year-old body, and he was not-at-all pleased with the situation. Part of the difficulties stem from multiple double-ear infections starting at about 11 more »

Book Review: Magic Tree House – Dinosaurs Before Dark

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This book report by Secondo is a scan of the report form: click on the link, below, to view. This is actually the most writing Secondo has done this year, and especially significant is that the summary (on the second page) is in his own words (at least as much more »

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 »