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Failed Civics Lesson

Over dinner this week, Adam and I were talking about the death of Ruth Bader Ginsberg, may her memory be for a blessing, and the vacancy on the Supreme Court. Elizabeth asked, “Was Ruth on the School Committee?” (There was a vacancy on our local School Committee recently.) Thereupon began […]

Cooking with the Parasha

I think there’s been a creative homeschooling mom inside me for a while, trying to get out. Jews divide the Torah into 54 portions, and 1 portion (called a parasha) is read aloud in the synagogue each week. (The Jewish calendar is lunisolar — the number of weeks in a […]

Why My Kids Are Learning Formal Grammar

I don’t remember having formal grammar instruction in school. I definitely never diagrammed a sentence. I guess I abstracted grammatical principles from the books I read and the educated, native English speakers who comprised my social world. That, and my parents corrected my grammar. (“Hey Dad, can I…?” “May I.” […]

My Family Doesn’t Like Biology

Our homeschool curriculum tracks fairly closely with the recommendations in The Well-Trained Mind. My favorite thing about this approach is what Karen Glass would call its “synthetic” nature — presenting related ideas across curricular areas and learning with multiple modalities. Each year, the history and literature curricula focus on 1 […]

Ancient Mesopotamia

This week in History and Literature, we studied the first civilizations: Sumer and Akkad (5000-1600 BCE). After reading the appropriate page in our Kingfisher History Encyclopedia, David and Elizabeth created the timeline that they will fill in with important people, events, and civilizations over the course of the year. It’s […]