Art

The Sound of Homeschool Music

We’ve been reading the story of Lentil, by Robert McCloskey. A big part of this story revolves around music, which led us on an entertaining rabbit trail all about music, sound, instruments, and bands. These rabbit trails are my favorite part of homeschooling. As we pursue our interests, the children come alive with delight, and […]

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
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 […]