Category Archives: Homeschool

Ceci n’est pas une homeschooler

Funny thing, this. It's 11:13 on a Monday morning. My kids are running around in their pajamas (actually, their t-shirts and boxers). They slept in partly because we stayed up late last night watching science experiments on YouTube and the … Continue reading

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Historically speaking, or my kids in a nutshell

So in the interests of attaining cultural literacy, the boys and I watched Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure tonight. Yes, possibly one of the stupidest movies of the '80s, but still fairly entertaining. Afterwards: Me (thinking this would be a … Continue reading

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Ya think?!

We have been weighed in the balance and found A-OK. In the mail today: The salient bit:   So apparently the State of Oregon will allow us to continue abusing our children for the next 24 months at least.

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Reading / Rainbow

So after all that kerfuffle and rending of garments, guess who’s been reading like a crazy man for the last week or so? If you guessed “Rhys,” you would be correct. We’ve started just asking him to read us books … Continue reading

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Goodbye, cruel Rainbow world

OK… so since two people asked to see my letter to Rainbow Resource Center telling them why I will no longer be a customer of theirs, I’m going to take that as a “post it, please.” Especially since I can’t … Continue reading

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Conversations with the homeschooled

First of all: wow. I am overwhelmed. Seriously. Everyone who commented on my post about trying to encourage Rhys to read; everyone from the fabulous Orsig list who wended (?) his or her way over here to read more of … Continue reading

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Rhys, redux

OK. Just a couple quick anecdotes about this kid we call “Spicoli.” (Have I mentioned that before? I have a nagging feeling that I have. But since Typepad did this STUPID FREAKIN REDESIGN that REMOVED THE POST SEARCH FUNCTION, I … Continue reading

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We've been a wee bit obsessed with all things winged here at the Jedi Temple Academy. The boys' fascination with World War I aircraft continues apace. Rhys is in D.C. with Grammy and whiled away several hours looking at the … Continue reading

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The end of the Rainbow

Didn't we go through this last year? (Yes. Yes, we did.) Like the swallows returning to Capistrano, or the swifts returning to Chapman Elementary School… the arrival of the gi-freakin-gantic Rainbow Resource catalog each year heralds a change of season, … Continue reading

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And the inexplicable posting frenzy continues… I've been trying to get ideas from the kids about what they would like to study "next year." (The importance of Village Home in our lives & schedules has kind of gotten us back … Continue reading

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