I'm a part-time clinical psychology researcher and full-time mother to Alex (4/05) and Colin (2/09). We are secular homeschoolers following a modified neoclassical curriculum.
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Category Archives: art
Our new school year starts on June 1st. One of my goals for third grade is that Alex start to take a little more ownership of her education, so I asked her what she would like to accomplish this year. … Continue reading
Alex discovered modular origami the night before her math lesson called for visualizing and analyzing geometric solids. Pretty cool.
I’m kind of too busy to post, but here’s a glimpse of what Alex has been up to. Learning valuable new words: Combing the dictionary for naughty words like “stupid”: Making Christmas ornaments: Colin, too:
Alex is obsessed with origami these days. She likes to make the same thing over and over: a fleet of dozens of swans, for instance, in rainbow-colored families. (She cuts a piece of origami paper in quarters to make the … Continue reading
(I’ve been pretty absent here lately, haven’t I? Sorry. I’ve been having trouble getting posts from my head to the page.) We did a UU Superheroes lesson for the first time in a long time today. Alex’s request. I didn’t … Continue reading
Alex is going through a huge coloring phase right now. I am thrilled – I can’t think of a better way to improve pencil control and build up stamina for writing than coloring elaborate pictures with colored pencil. Her control … Continue reading
I was so proud of myself for posting almost every day last week – getting back into the swing of blogging! Then Michael and I figured out how to watch the second season of Sherlock, and that sucked up every … Continue reading
Today, when we read A New Coat for Anna we focused on the coat itself. Anna watches the progress of her coat from sheep’s backs to the tailor’s window. I asked Alex to think of as many substances as possible … Continue reading
I never would have expected Alex to be interested in cars. That’s one of the reasons we almost skipped Mr. Gumpy’s Motor Car. But by chance, when I was skimming the library shelves I pulled out Everything I Know About … Continue reading
For our science lesson connected to Gramma’s Walk, we spent some time with a lovely older science book, Millicent Selsam’s See Along the Shore from 1961. This book stands out among the hundreds of children’s books about ocean life because … Continue reading
One of the recurring themes in the Five in a Row lessons for Language Arts is “techniques writers can use.” The Wild Horses of Sweetbriar has an author’s note explaining that the story is based on an incident that took … Continue reading
I’ve been waiting up to see if Hurricane Irene is going to do anything here. It looks like the answer is no, but my time hasn’t been totally wasted – you guys get a post before I go to bed. … Continue reading
Now Alex has a fever, chills, body aches, poor appetite. This virus has a wicked long incubation period – Colin got sick ten days before Alex, and he was well for four days before she came down with it. I … Continue reading
In Amber on the Mountain, Amber gives her friend a little mule that she made out of clay. For our art lesson, we did some sculpting too. We used Crayola air-dry clay, which was a nice change from Play-doh and … Continue reading
We finished up our Wee Gillis study today, because we’re leaving early tomorrow morning to spend the holiday weekend with my parents. It’s been a really fun week! I’ve been feeling as though some of our recent Five in a … Continue reading
As a celebratory end to our week with Mike Mulligan, we made a construction-site cake this afternoon. Easiest thing in the world. We just dug a hole in the cake, crumbled the scooped-out cake for dirt piles, added some crushed … Continue reading
Yesterday we were pretty occupied with book club, but we did do an art lesson for Make Way for Ducklings. The FIAR manual has some excerpts from McCloskey’s Caldecott Medal speech, in which he talks about buying two pairs of … Continue reading