make like a geek ~ game sliders and creative dice rolling

a long time ago (2015), in a galaxy far, far away, there was a yoda snowflake.

yes, it all started with a yoda snowflake. that was what possessed me to buy another exact-o knife, even though somewhere in storage, there is already a perfectly serviceable exact-o knife in my possession. even for what could . . . → Read More: make like a geek ~ game sliders and creative dice rolling

~a month of unschool~ millions of brazilians

one of quinn’s favorite learning activities right now is the paleontology card game he got for christmas. “mama, what does e-x-p-e-d-i-t-i-o-n-s spell?” we have been having fun earning “prestige points” for various fossil digging exploits, and arranging bones in our museums. quinn has taken ideas from this game and the “dino quest” game app . . . → Read More: ~a month of unschool~ millions of brazilians

~a month of unschool~ the merry-go-round went around again

the beginning of the month was spring break, featuring unschooling in its rawest form (you know, without going to school), which i wrote about in spring break in the age of reason.

pictured here are some writing he was doing using 3-finger grip (he was creating sequels to some books from . . . → Read More: ~a month of unschool~ the merry-go-round went around again

~a month of unschool~ read this backwards

i have been forgetting to write much about quinn’s spanish lessons at ols, mostly because for the first part of the year, he kept opting out of them. i know he has always been fascinated with language, so i think it was more the fact that it was a “lesson”, but in the last month . . . → Read More: ~a month of unschool~ read this backwards

~a month of unschool~ prefrontal cortex

we spent a gloriously sunny january day riding a pony, driving plasma cars, tossing a football, and casting fishing poles with family-friends.

quinn traced the map from the series we are reading: the guardians of ga’hoole by kathryn lasky. quinn is also reading star wars to . . . → Read More: ~a month of unschool~ prefrontal cortex

~a month of unschool~

i am still working on filling in gaps in the past several months for this series, one of which is back-dated here, but wanted to be sure to post a bit of our past month of unschooling while it’s still fresh in my mind.

~homeschool group ocean currents/salinity/waves unit~

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where fedex fears to tread

i love our home. i love the laundry running on the super-dry cycle by the woodstove. i love the christmas lights twinkling all around the rooms. i love the enormous trees surrounding our home like they are the world’s tallest sentries standing guard. i love the moss on the roof. i love the long . . . → Read More: where fedex fears to tread

team quinn

all in all, i think team quinn prevailed on wednesday. but i really think it would be great if all of the 20 or so people who were in that conference room on wednesday would join team quinn.

i am still trying to process what went on at this two hour meeting, which was called, . . . → Read More: team quinn

~a month of unschool~ adventing

(posted june 2013)

~mathing; uno, mama-made worksheets upon request~

~arting; fine arts, music and drama~

~reading; more mama worksheets, lots of harry potter at bedtime, and books with friends~

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elevens

sometimes academics happen at bedtime. the other night, quinn was trying to figure out what time it was and we ended up having a whole math lesson on counting by fives (he took over at 55 and went to 100 after i got him started) at which point we learned it had been 7:35 (but . . . → Read More: elevens