Homeschool Shop Class: Go Kart!

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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 »

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 »

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 »

Science With Secondo: Cola Clock: Accepting Failure and Pressing On

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Often, I am amazed at how children can take some failures and turn them into grand learning experiences. Secondo turned nine this last week. I don’t know where the time went. Primo grew three inches since October and five since a year ago. Secondo has lost that toddler look and more »

Solar Cooking as a Physics Lesson

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Last summer we finally bought a solar oven after previous efforts to build one ended up with a trip to the ER (and why RocketRedNeck only has 9.99 fingers). We’ll discuss the finer points of shop safety with the kids, later, but for now we can show them the power more »

Fusing Skills: Writing, Math, and Science

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Since we’ve found bravewriter.com things have been starting to turn around in the writing department. We’ve learned to relax and let things develop a little more naturally (especially on those Friday Free Writes). However, today we did it on a Thursday! I decided that it would be good to use Primo’s more »

The Pendulum

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Empiricism in science is vitally important to us, especially since even at the private school we discuss in How We Ended Up Home “Schooling” the first grade simply read about science rather than doing. So in the spirit of Michael Maestlin we’ve been observing science regularly with both boys, but up more »