i love the passing of time

Sunday was Béla’s birthday, so naturally, he had a birthday weekend. It started on Friday. He got four new books from his sister (the first of which she took away from him this weekend and read), and two of these non-hooded hoodies I found online. I thought he would like the thumb gauntlet. He did…

real life math in the vermont country store catalog

Because how more real can you get. We used Beast Academy curricula, although Claude has aged out and has moved into Art of Problem Solving Prealgebra. Tree diagrams! Something I probably could have been using a lot when I was knitting more (although, now that the kids have started, and we do more reading aloud…

one week into this homeschool year

And we have figured out our goal is five hours of actual academic (not performing arts) work a day, because I am now seeing that we need to make some gains — and not in the “artsy” or “clever” departments. When the kids’ schedules changed last year so did their ability to concentrate, and the…

an author.

Last night we were having family close time — just sitting together and recalling special times, and talking about how we had felt, and saying “It had meant so much to me when you did this,” or “It hurt my feelings the time you did this,” but mostly just gently reliving some of our time…

yay us

Yay you. (Even if it’s just because you make us look goooooood.) But mostly, Yay us (It’s a family profile about us on Philly Tweens. Bonus from The Nib — “My Idea of the Family Moves Beyond the Biological” — i think we have done a darned good job of representing that in this article,…

oooh yes. nature is our calendar.

A lovely start to a much-anticipated weekend. Friday early evening. Finishing up projects for a party tomorrow night. Claude and friend playing Sims in the front room. Béla requests a solo trip to the Acme. He’s given a short list and some cash. Then: Morning glories and monster cereals — early signs of Fall. We’re…