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Gilligan, Tom Hanks, and That Deserted Isle Thing

As bedtimes were backed up this evening, and the children abandoned the street, and balls and bikes were tossed aside in anticipation of school starting in the morning, all the quiet was way too loud this evening. It had me remembering another time that the quiet was bothersome.  When our Princess was eight days old,… Continue reading Gilligan, Tom Hanks, and That Deserted Isle Thing

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What I Want To Be When I Grow Up

This morning I took my littles to their last STEM class for the school year.  It was on Robotics.  They got to build their own robots as teams, and they seemed to really enjoy it. When we first got there this morning, we parked the car and began the trek to the building where the… Continue reading What I Want To Be When I Grow Up

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So It Wasn’t a Lawn Mower…..

We had quite the excitement this afternoon around the homeplace.  So much excitement. It would seem that a tractor-thieving fugitive was holed up in the woods somewhere behind our house.  Or in that general vicinity. I can't make this stuff up, y'all. He and his buddy, who was driving the truck and trailer with the… Continue reading So It Wasn’t a Lawn Mower…..

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Our Feathered Friends–A Field Trip Story

Today we took a field trip down to Go Fish for a class.  Cooter and our Princess enjoy these classes, as do I.  They do a really good job of combining learning and fun in the classroom there, and the facility itself with the amazing aquarium and fully stocked pond for fishing is one of… Continue reading Our Feathered Friends–A Field Trip Story

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What Goes In…..

This morning the littles had a field trip to our local DNR Fish Aquarium.  It is a fantastic place and they do an amazing job with the classes.  It seems this year they have gotten even better. This morning the teacher told the children they'd be learning about nocturnal creatures.  It was interesting--nocturnal, diurnal, crepuscular,… Continue reading What Goes In…..

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Hairy Feet and Cool Clothes

Cooter closed the last page of his book and sighed. "If my feet were hairy, I could have been a Hobbit." Oh my land, that boy.  Only 8 years old and the things that come out of his mouth never fail to surprise me.  And have me bursting out with laughter. He continued, "I have… Continue reading Hairy Feet and Cool Clothes

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“It’s a Dalek!”

Today I took the littles to a program about "Bats and Bees: Friends not Foes."  It was a fun program with learning, crafts, short movies, and playing in a bouncy house. Because bouncy house is the universal word for fun in any language. The littles were enchanted, and that made me happy.  Be kind to… Continue reading “It’s a Dalek!”

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Rabbit Trails and Songs Around the Globe

This morning the littles and I read in our history book about the earthquake and subsequent tsunami that destroyed Lisbon, Portugal on November 1, 1755.  What with it being All Saints' Day, many lives were lost while sitting in church on that tragic morning.  The ones who fled to the harbor were later lost at… Continue reading Rabbit Trails and Songs Around the Globe

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On Imagination and Familiar Ground–The One with Galileo, DaVinci, John the Baptist, and Emily Dickinson

Today was one of those homeschooling days that puts a smile on the teacher's face and a song in her heart.  Oh we had some hurdles, sure.  Today's hurdles were brought you by Long Division and Regrouping. But we triumphed through sheer determination and doing umpteen problems until our grasp was a little stronger.  We… Continue reading On Imagination and Familiar Ground–The One with Galileo, DaVinci, John the Baptist, and Emily Dickinson

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Learning from a Bear

The littles and I have been reading A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond.  In anticipation of the movie, don't you know. Because I am THAT parent.  The one who treks all over trying to find a copy of the original book.  (Speak to me of the "movie adaptations," and I may not be able… Continue reading Learning from a Bear