Re-discovering Ералаш! It’s a Russian language TV show made up of shot skits, usually with a funny punch line (that also makes you think). It is a show about kids (usually elementary-school age) and the adults around them. That’s the best I can describe it. I watched it when I was Rocket Boy’s age.… Read More Ералаш!
After something like 5 years of planning and 2 years of building the coup, we finally got chickens! They were born on March 21st and we picked them up on March 25. So right now they are just about 3 weeks old. Really? Something must be wrong with my math… or my calendar. Then again,… Read More Chickens, chickens everywhere
M. C. Escher Sometimes, when we have friends over, Rocket Boy gets out his chess board and his favorite chess set for a friendly game. But the kids don’t always end up playing chess. Instead, they build other, pretty elaborate, games on and around the board. For example, once they played “tea-time in the chess… Read More Math on a Chess Board
Last year was the year without travel for us (for health reasons). It sucked! So this year we decided not to wait until spring-summer and start our travel season ASAP. Our first trip was going to be to… well, at first we thought of Atlanta. But then changed it to Knoxville, TN. And then back to… Read More Weekend in Atlanta
A few days ago I gave Rocket Boy a LEGO-building challenge – to build a creature and its habitat. After a brief discussion of what “a habitat” meant and whether a creature had to be real or not, the kid set out to build. Not even ten minutes later he was proudly presenting his… Read More How Goo Monster Came Alive
Today Rocket Boy asked what “a shenanigan” is. Inspired by the definition (secret or dishonest activity; silly behavior; mischief), he came up with this story of the Three Little Shenanigans. Once upon a time in America there lived the three little Shenanigans. The first Shenanigan was pretty crazy. He built his house out of water.… Read More The Three Little Shenanigans
As eclectic homeschoolers (and just a step away from unschooling) we aren’t terribly affected by changes in school policies and standards, including Common Core. But I hear complaints from friends, follow news on the subject and see “examples” in my social media feeds. So I read James Tanton’s latest essay, titled “Renewed Math Wars”, primarily… Read More Familiarity or Understanding