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 »

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 »

International Ice Cream For Breakfast Day and Other Awesome Silliness


What do you do when you just need to be silly? It may seem silly, especially in winter, but when GranolaGirl and I lived in Colorado our favorite time to walk down to Baskin Robbins for a cone was during a snow storm. We don’t get the opportunity often in more »

That’s Going to Leave a Mark


The kids love their Legos, and making dad laugh… got home from work and stepped into this crime scene.  

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”


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 »

Extra Curricular: “Dangerous” Play is Okay


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 »

Great Googly Moogly: Ever Have A Day Like This?


Courtesy of Primo

Some days are like this. You start off with good intentions and then you are forced to choose. Neither choice is optimal, the goal is unobtainable. But then you realize it is only a game, and you start to have fun again. 😉


Confectionary Napalm

I have two of them; we’ll call them Primo and Secondo. Most of the time they get along just fine. Occasionally they are the worst of enemies. You know how it goes. But the times I worry the most is when the bickering stops and they become partners in crime. more »