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Category Archives: Homeschool

Astronomy curriculum for Fall 2011


My 13-year-old daughter wanted to take an astronomy class at the local community college, but alas it was full with actual college students. (She can start taking classes at 13, and this was a first interest.) Instead we are going to watch lots of astronomy videos and see what that inspires. Maybe a new project? […]

Urban farm fall slide


Yeah, we’re a bit busy around here and all of my writing juice has been dry of late.  Part of this has been doing a serious effort with homeschooling for the girls this year.  They did a sample of regular day school at the start of September, decided with us that the family is happier […]

Subtle circles of oppression


One of the tricks (or facts?) of oppression is that those who are oppressed most often turn on each other rather than the person or symbol of the oppression.  When the youngest in a family has received abuse or even just ‘rules’ shuttled down from the parents, that youngest turns to the family dog or […]

Truly free homeschool software


Recently I’ve been seeing articles about homeschoolers using free software: Free homeschool software: Probably the best conjunction of words that a homeschooling parent has heard since they found out that their child is going to summer camp. Why shouldn’t it be? Getting more for less is as American as homeschooling itself. I’ve commented on several […]

Polarity of child raising


It seems to me there are two fundamental world views that drive parenting.  Depending on which you subscribe to, it says how you are going to make many choices from there. Your goal is to prepare your child for a rich and abundant life in the real world. Your goal is to let your individual […]

Girls love chicks


My daughters have been mainly happy with the chicks, and not happy with the new chores, but we had a minor epiphany last weekend. Around a dozen girls were here, ages 2 to 11, for Saskia’s 7th birthday party.  All of them are currently or were in the same homeschooling program. Somewhere in there the […]

California history brought to life on the little stage – Part I


In these two little gems, my eldest daughter, Malakai (10), is dancing and singing with her classmates. These kids all homeschool with the same program, Alternative Family Education, and this play was part of a California history class they’ve been in all year. Malakai is in the center of the dance line, tall in the […]

Chicks and chicks – the livestock report


As per my earlier Twitter: We found the last place w baby chicks of and 4 girls are on the go. Mo Blog Later. … which was written on the go, while I was on a last house errand after we strapped my two-year-old neighbor in the back with my six-year-old and her eight-year-old friend.  […]

Mental breaks while working at home


Over the years I’ve tried not to make a big deal out of being a remote employee, or remotee in Red Hat lingo. I’m a big proponent of distance work, and am now fairly experienced with the last seven years as a 100% telecommuter and distributed team member. But … the topic is a risky […]

Out and back again – returned from Sutter’s Fort


(Catching up with this post, since I started it but didn’t complete it when we got back from Sutter’s Fort.) We returned to the 21st century on Wednesday 28 December, driving back with both girls and their good friend Mikaela. We stayed overnight on Monday at a homeschoolmate’s brother-in-law’s house in Sacramento. Thanks, Dylan! With […]