Sneaky learning

Phineas works. Hard. But he’s not superhuman. He gets tired, he gets irritable, he has off days. Some mornings he would rather scowl out the window than narrate back the nuances of the story he just heard, or painstakingly count, again, six beans, three beans, five beans.

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Early morning math {Mathematical Reasoning Beginning 2}

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We are living math people. In the early years, when numeracy and concepts are forming, we choose not to choose from the many wonderful math curricula on the market, instead focusing on a less formal, more experience-based progression of mathematical skills. Mathematical thinking starts far earlier than you might expect; at almost 4, Simon may not know what to do when confronted with the written problem “6 divided by 2,” but you can bet that if I have six grapes and he’s sharing with his little brother, he sure as shooting is going to let me know that they can each have three.

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Not your average workbooks

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I have a friend who calls me “Queen of the Littles.” I think it’s a compliment. It could, I guess, just boil down to numbers. After all, I’ve logged quite a few years with Brown Bear, Brown Bear. But my guess is that she’s picked up on the one part of parenting small folks that I’m fairly adamant about: engaging hands and minds.

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Marie’s Words review

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Once, quite a few years ago, I had a child who decided to try out cussing. You may have guessed we’re not really big fans of cursing around here, but when it comes to words in general, we are a family that has no shortage. Imagine my surprise as we sat at the table and my sweet little dumpling of an offspring rolled out one doozy of an exclamation. Yes, it was a quality moment– especially since the bulk of the small people at the table had absolutely no clue what the word meant and immediately set about pestering to find out what it was. By repeating it, of course.

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Educational apps that work {Tiggly Words and Tiggly Math}

We’re not a screen-free family.The truth is, many days I wish we were. But I begrudgingly admit that it’s just not feasible– not for us, anyways. Between trying to stay in touch with my husband while he’s in various locations across the globe, to his teaching homeschooled kids from around the nation, to paring my daughter’s 75 pounds of medical textbooks down to a single, backpack-friendly volume, to utilizing all of the amazing “you are here!” options available all over the web… we do screens. That’s life in 2016.

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How to make 100% sure your child doesn’t vote for Clinton. Or Trump. Or Satan.

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Right now, your child happily tows the party family line and parrots every nasty little WikiLeak tidbit you’ve parsed around the dinner table, proving, once and for all of course, that Hillary Clinton should be in prison. Period.

Or maybe you’re überproud of your #NeverTrump kid, who has learned at your knee that who you are when no one is looking is the measure of your true character, and would rather eat bees than vote for a guy who thinks that it’s o.k. to talk about women like that, ever.

Quite possibly you’re breathing a sigh of relief that your offspring are following you in taking the moral high road and are espousing the intrinsic value of standing up and being counted among the Third/Fourth/Fifth/Twelfth Party options now coming in to the limelight.

Thank goodness they’ll always share our political views, right? I mean, isn’t that what homeschooling is all about?

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Tackling “Economics For Everybody”

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The first command God gives man in the Garden of Eden is to be fruitful and multiply. The second: to be a good steward of the provisions He has given us (Genesis 1:28).

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The world, piece by piece

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I am in the minority in my own home. Why? I am not a puzzle person.

There’s only one other member of this family who sides with me on this. The rest of them actually sit around, sorting tediously small pieces into nuanced piles, then laboriously poking them into place on some scene … and they call this fun. It’s a “group activity,” I’m told, and “really relaxing.”

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Paper dolls with a past

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I loved paper dolls growing up. Loved them. I had an amazing collection of all the usual suspects, but my favorites, by far, were  Trixie Belden and her friend Honey Wheeler. I played with those dolls for hours on end—alone, with friends, it didn’t matter. I loved constructing elaborate homes and scenarios in which to recreate the details of the stories with which I was so smitten. I simply loved Trixie, and Honey, and every aspect of their wild, adventurous lives. Playing with paper dolls allowed me, for a moment, to step into the story, and narrate them back to myself in a whole new way.

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So, you think you can code? {TeenCoder: Java review}

Hi. Me again.

These past few months, I’ve been given the opportunity to use an online course called TeenCoder Java, by CompuScholar. If you know anything about me, I love any sort of computer coding, be it HTML, CSS, Java, or JS, so this was something that immediately piqued my interest. For those of you who don’t know, Java is a very powerful coding language that adds a good bit of meat to anything that you code. (Currently I can make things look pretty and do basic operations, but this is a whole lot more fun.)

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