Monthly Archives: February 2011

Things I learned this week from 2nd grade

Here’s a brief list of things I learned, or at least was reminded of, as I prepared and then taught our lessons this week. Arithmetic is spelled with an E in the 3rd syllable and not an A. Even the … Continue reading

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James explains Shakespeare’s Cymbeline

James explains our stick figures representation of Shakepeare’s Cymbeline. We do this as we’re reading along to keep all the characters straight — who’s who and who belongs to whom and who wants to belong to whom. Over a period … Continue reading

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James narrates “The Story of Marco Polo”

James will be spending next school year with Marco Polo and his travels. This week he got an introduction to the man in a chapter from M.B. Synge’s The Discovery of New Worlds

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I must know why

Yesterday I was reading Chapter 1 “Fingerprints” from Tobias Dantzig’s NUMBER: The Language of Science. Very fascinating stuff to me about primitive ways of counting –or not– and theories of how different numbering systems developed. I got stuck on pg. … Continue reading

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And a little child shall lead them

I have found myself regularly recalling and admiring one episode from James’ earlier life that it seemed time to write it into the record. James was 4 years old and we were at a large family holiday gathering. After an … Continue reading

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Kids do say the darndest things

Earlier today when the neighborhood kids were still in school, James asked if they wanted to play at his house (meaning yard), would that be okay. I told him it would be fine, but they probably should not go in … Continue reading

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Communicating or The Order of Brethren against the propagation of the legend of the Lost Colony

One morning late last year Jack was sitting at the dining room table eating breakfast and I was sitting on the couch in the living room doing who knows what. I hear him say these words, “How many people who … Continue reading

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A radiant love

For a special bonus on the day after Love Day I will tell you about the chapter I read from Eve Curie’s bio of her mother Madame Curie. This chapter is about Marie’s discovery of radium. Though I tried hard … Continue reading

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Narration of Edward II…Story of King Robert the Bruce and Bohun

Here James narrates the story from Our Island Story. The Henrys I and II should be Edward I and II. The Scottish king that he never names is Robert the Bruce who you might remember from Braveheart.

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Happy Love Day

Happy Valentine’s Day to my Sweetheart and to the Parents that taught me by their words and example that marriage means only having eyes for each other. Drink water out of your own cistern, running water out of your own … Continue reading

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