Two early mornings in a row. Two days of zipping around between school, home, friends’ houses and the Nook. Two days of exciting mail delivery. Two days of Chagall. Wednesday, Zahra, Noah and I worked in Leila’s school library in the…
We woke up to -16 degrees this morning, feeling like -26 with the windchill. It felt nearly that cold inside the house since the machine that’s taking the smoke smell out of the house also blows out cold air. Brrrrrrrr….
We’ve been maintaining a really solid rhythm in our more academic subjects, doing a little bit of math and French (reading and writing) every day. Zahra and Noah have even stayed on top of their piano practice and theory workbooks. And…
Math is on my mind these days. Last weekend, I posted a link to a TED Talk where Stanford mathematics education professor Jo Boaler argued that the way math is taught in schools these days forces students to answer all the wrong questions….
“Things that matter most must never be at the mercy of things that matter least.” So there’s a little Johann Wolfgang von Goethe for you this evening. One thing I really love about homeschooling is the flexibility of our schedule….
Last week the kids were good about getting some school work out of the way before going to the Nook, but this morning, it just didn’t happen. Noah wanted a piano lesson, and I won’t say no to that. He’s…
Yesterday was the first day of our Winter Session at the Nook. And since the school board decided the kids (teachers?) needed just ONE MORE DAY off (who wants to go back to work on a Monday?), Leila got to…
We were hit hard at Christmas with gastro, conjunctivitis, earaches and colds. We’ve just emerged from what seems like a month-long quarantine…to realize that it was really just a bit more than a week. Well. Socially, we’ve been “living virtually”…
Last night, I turned off the alarm on my phone. I consider myself a morning person (early to bed, early to rise, makes a (wo)man healthy, wealthy and wise), but I’m finding the 6:30 alarm to be a real drag….
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Harry Potter: The Philosopher's Stone
The Tale of Despereaux
My Side of the Mountain
Le professeur Acarus Dumdell et ses potions incongrues
Le professeur Acarus Dumdell et les chauves-souris de Sleeping Stones
Choose Your Own Adventure series
How to Train Your Dragon series
The Small Adventure of Popeye and Elvis
The Family Under the Bridge
My Side of the Mountain
Where the Red Fern Goes
I believe that life should be full of meaningful experiences, adventure and people who you love and who love you back. I believe we should know why we do what we do—and if we don't, to question it until we're satisfied. I don't pretend to know all the answers, but I do know how to search for them with an unflagging spirit. And above all, I'm up for setting off on this adventure with a team of family and friends who want more.