Rhys has his first-ever spelling list this week.
He, be, we, I, so, no, go, hi. ("We be hi, so he I no go." –Rastafarian explaining his and his brother's absence from a family function.)
We were hiking the Wildwood Trail the other day, and we decided to sit down for a brief restorative of apples, Ritz crackers and cheese. Rhys wanted to show off his spelling abilities for us as we munched.
"H-e." (Very good, Rhys.)
"S-o." (Very good again, Rhys. Now, can you spell "we?")
After the snorts of laughter had subsided, we discovered that he can also spell "Nintendo." Hmm. (Please note that we do not own a Wii, nor any other game console. The kids are stuck with lame ol' free online games, ha ha. But hooray for Lego.com and its infinite panoply of clever marketing-related goodies!)
Also: it's once again that time of year when I start my quest for the impossible–solid, interesting, creative, 100% unabashedly secular homeschooling goodies. And once again I am struck by the lack of what I would consider to be the perfect science curriculum.
So I turn to you, my homeschooling (and otherwise) readers: in a perfect world, what would the perfect science curriculum contain? What would it look like? Would it have detailed lesson-by-lesson instructions, or would it be more of a central resource pointing you to books and experiments and suchlike? How would evolution and other "controversial" (snarl) topics be integrated into it? (If your answer is "by omitting them entirely," please keep it to yourself… I think there are already about eleventy-four curricula out there that would be perfect for you.) Would you be interested in one that spanned several grades (or grammar/logic/rhetoric stages, if you're of a classical bent) or one that was more specifically tailored for kids of particular age/ability level? Would it come as a book for the teacher, a teacher edition plus student work/textbook, a big box crammed full of shiny experimenty stuff?
Please let me know what you'd like to see… and if you have friends with an opinion on the matter, I'd love to hear from them too. Srsly.
Three cousins snuggling at Grammy and Pa's house. Isn't it dee-lovely?