Category Archives: Homeschool


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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Fisher and the Friendly Atheist

As part of one of Fisher's classes at Village Home–Terry Purcell's excellent Explorers class–he was required to research a belief system or worldview and give a presentation to his class on what he learned. And though we tried to hook … Continue reading

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Music notes

I got an e-mail from a previously-unbeknownst-to-me person the other day who'd stumbled across the Pic-Dem via a comment I'd left at another blog: While scrolling down the page, I noticed the cover art of Mastodon’s Leviathan on display.  Can … Continue reading

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Once bitten, twice shy

This is my son Fisher. Have you met Fisher? When he was a baby, he frequently screamed himself into red-faced fits. Someone (Herm?) nicknamed him "Mr. Furious." (Note to self: add Mystery Men to Netflix queue. Time we saw that … Continue reading

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Why we homeschool, iteration 3725

Because my children will never be asked to stand up and describe what they don't like about a person, then participate in a vote on whether or not that person should be allowed to remain in the classroom. A teacher … Continue reading

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