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Our medieval feast.

Tonight we celebrated the culmination of our medieval study with a medieval-style feast. Alex had her heart set on a peacock, cooked, stuffed back into its skin, and decorated with its own feathers. I told her I had no idea … Continue reading

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The joys of urban homeschooling, Baltimore edition

We’ve been continuing the medieval theme this week, and we’d been kicking around ideas about how to get into the huge effect of religion in the period. We’re certainly not ready for going into detail about the Crusades, or Martin … Continue reading

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Finished with Duchess, but not the medieval era.

As I said before, we’re thinking we’ll stretch the medieval era into another week. But we formally finished up with The Duchess Bakes a Cake on Friday with some language arts lessons. We started off talking about the fact that … Continue reading

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Arts and music with The Duchess.

Today was our art day with The Duchess Bakes a Cake. I wasn’t feeling up to anything particularly elaborate, so we kept it simple. We had a reprise of a well-loved art activity we also completed as part of our … Continue reading

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Exploring yeast.

When the Duchess adds yeast to her cake six times, the cake rises to about a hundred feet high. Unsurprisingly, this led to a lot of curiosity about yeast and its capabilities. I explained that yeasts are actually tiny living … Continue reading

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The Duchess Bakes a Cake.

This week we’re taking on an absurd “Medieval” fantasy told in verse: The Duchess Bakes a Cake, by Virginia Kahl. In this story a bored Duchess decides to amuse herself by baking. Failing to heed her cook’s advice, she adds … Continue reading

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“Catapultam habeo. Nisi pecuniam omnem mihi dabis, ad caput tuum saxum immane mittam.”

We’ve started our new book (The Duchess Bakes A Cake), and as part of dealing with all things archaic or medieval, we decided it might be fun to see about making a small catapult. Based on the elaborate instructions for … Continue reading

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