Solar Eclipse Pinhole Viewers

We are just 2 days away from the once-in-a-lifetime solar eclipse, and I’m probably the only person left on the planet who hasn’t bought the necessary glasses. It’s a huge homeschool fail, I know. I see all the homeschoolers around me ramping up for the big event, drafting elaborate unit studies, inspiring excitement and anticipation. And me? […]

Testing the Tongue Mapping Theory

Remember testing the tongue mapping theory in elementary school? We were told that the tongue was divided into different sections. Each section was meant to taste either salty, sour, bitter or sweet. I clearly remember sitting in class, watching the teacher go around the class, dropping a drip of mystery fluid onto each student’s tongue. According […]

Let it Snow, Let it Snow

…Wait.  We live in Texas and it really doesn’t snow much here.  It occasionally hails. Sometimes ice falls, and our entire world shuts down until it thaws.  That’s always fun.  But I’m not sure that I’ve ever see it really snow here.  Not the beautiful, soft snow that I remember from my childhood, growing up in […]

FIAR:  Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel

We have been reading Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel, as part of our Five in a Row (FIAR), Volume 1 curriculum.  This is a classic children’s book, written in 1939.  It is about a man who takes his well-loved steam shovel, Mary Anne, on an adventure to show that they are just as good – […]

Kids never get tired of building, do they?  As I was going to bed last night, I tripped over an elaborate arrangement of blankets, toys and chairs in the hallway, which was apparently a gnome village of some sort.  As I peeked into Clark’s room, I see his room completely draped in more sheets and […]

Learning About Steam Power

We’ve been studying the classic children’s book, Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel as part of our Five in a Row homeschool curriculum.  This is the story about Mike Mulligan, who along with his beloved steam shovel, Mary Ann, finds himself caught in a changing world.  In fact, the book was written in 1939, around the […]