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  1. 10 Commandments of Homeschooling There is only one WTM.
  2. Silver Moon, I just visited your blog, really enjoyed it thank you. I love visiting IRL friends' school rooms to see and discuss projects and curriculum while the kids play, this felt a bit like that, including getting to watch the kids as they raced past the window. Ta
  3. Kareni, you've just sent me on more threads of great programmes. Thankfully a couple are ones that we are currently using, learning well with and enjoying. So I'd better close now before I see green grass over there..
  4. I just read through the reviews for How to Read Literature Like a Professor, and it is on my wish list. Then I read through the reviews of How to Read Literature Like a Professor: For Kids and this wont be. http://www.amazon.com/How-Read-Literature-Like-Professor/dp/0062200852/ref=pd_sim_b_2?ie=UTF8&refRID=0QWFRQHYQ9J1P0Z47MVK Reviews contain many red flags, and recommend avoiding some content for younger children and jumping straight to the adult version for children old enough to handle the adult content of the kids version. Has anyone tried the kids' version and found it appropriate
  5. My grandfather was born at the end of the 1800s. I loved listening to him speak. Beautiful, rich language heavily peppered with Kipling and many poetry quotes I did not know. I miss that rich dialogue/monologue. Later meeting (on the page) the great grey-green, greasy banks of the of the Limpopo River, all set about with fever-trees, O my best beloved, was like coming home. I didn't meet this as a child, don't like it as an adult, yet both my girls read and enjoyed it. I missed this thread each previous life, thanks for the resurrection.
  6. Ummm, (standing behind a big sheild here), Texasmama, I think this Menopausal fun phase of your own might just hang around long enough to enjoy with your next two also. I'm at least 4 years in and no plateau in sight. Who's screaming irrationally(monologing strongly) about the unfairness of it all now? :leaving:
  7. 11 year old son gift ideasAs long as you give the receipt with him so I have an option to return.
  8. Either that or he has been listening to The Parrot Sketch by Monty Python. He's only sleeping.
  9. As a non-US reader, I use Amazon for further 'product research' but go to Book Depository (UK) to feed my habit. Love the boards, thank you. Like many others I joined after years of lurking. I began lurking after several searches for obscure curriculum topics lead me to your old boards. This would still have worked with pop-ups, though I would have joined much earlier to avoid them. Go for it. And do add the donation jar. Is it Wiki that started a once a year donation drive? I have donated to that for the reasons that I like it, use it and want it to stay in its uncluttered form. All
  10. Dd is setting up an aquarium for tadpoles and managed to trap a big air bubble in her net. I pointed out she could be a spider. "You mean a diving bell spider. Look at my thorax mum is it covered with big hairs? No, so I can't be can I?" As she's walking around in just undies, cos she can, I was forced to confirm her lack of hairy chest. She obviously needs to eat more crusts. She's then marched off and confirmed the spider name from a book, Argyroneta.
  11. Not really belonging to this thread but tied to the previous post. We have started doing Dante's Divine Comedy as a read-a-loud, as dd wanted to share it with me. I asked her if she knew who Lucifer was as I wasn't sure if she knew that particular title. DD "Yes, he started the Lutheran Church." Me "Um, no, that would be Luther. Lucifer is another name for the devil." We both packed up laughing. Sorry Lutherans, your founder is having a tough time today.
  12. Ok today while we were still finishing that sewing... DD(9)- "Mum what is Depression?" me- "With reference to weather or people?" DD- "People." me- " Well it means being very sad without due cause, and not being about to get over it." DD- "So does that mean that in the Great Depression lots and lots of people were really sad?" me- "Ha, no, that's to do with finances, like we were talking about banks foreclosing on people, the whole country was in money trouble." DD- "That's funny. I know depression also means a dip in the ground. So that's ANOTHER one. That was this
  13. My 9yo was helping me pin material for sewing. I told her she had to line the sides up but did not have to be "scientifically exact." DD- "Science isn't exact. You can't be." Me- "OK. It doesn't have to be exactly equal." DD- "If things were exactly equal, we wouldn't be here Mum. You know, like gravity, and the elements. If they were exactly equal, they would all be evenly spread, so we couldn't exist." Me- "Just pin it close to the other side."
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