Archives for the ‘homeschool’ Category

grow your own oyster mushrooms

Giveaway in the post below – scroll down for Yuletide pleasure… The boy’s study of fungi in biology happened to coincide with a dearth of decent mushrooms in my local store. I figured homeschooling was the perfect excuse to order a kit from Back to the Roots, something I’ve wanted to try for a while. […]

in a little town

Don’t forget to scroll down for giveaways… We had a fun day at the South Carolina State Museum recently. I get a bit obsessive over miniatures and these are part of a large display. (Oh, the irony.) Can’t you imagine yourself there? Or as one of Doolittle’s Raiders?

the future of education

I’m a big fan of Sal Khan. Perhaps because he isn’t (wasn’t) an educator by trade, he has been able to look at learning and concept mastery in a way that turns the traditional education paradigm on its ear. Yay for that.  As someone who had to jump into educating a child through full-on survival […]

even mr. knozit was there

We attended the South Carolina Philharmonic’s youth concert this week. After we are done homeschooling, I am going to need to borrow some kids so I can keep doing things like this. “Fanfare for the Common Man” at lunch time in the middle of the week? Yes, please. For the boy, there was a hearty […]

possibly a metaphor for life

It turns out that the boy can spot an outdoor sculpture from a mile away, too. He stopped to view (and pose next to) this one outside the Koger Center for the Arts in Columbia, SC. It raises the age old question: Is it better to be the statue or the bird?

homeschool geography: antarctica

I have been looking for a geography program to meet our needs and either I haven’t looked diligently enough or it doesn’t exist. So, we are doing our own thing, one continent at a time. I thought it best to start with the easiest continent (from a detail perspective): Antarctica. In hindsight, perhaps studying a […]

this moment

Participating in Amanda’s this moment project: {this moment} – A Friday ritual – capturing a moment from the week. Exploring an exhibit on C.S. Lewis, Tolkien and the rest of the Inklings (and being very interested in it…).

sculpture in the city

I have not met an outdoor sculpture I didn’t like. My introduction to sculpture gardens came at Brookgreen Gardens and at the Musee Rodin in Paris, which sounds pretentious, but I don’t mean it to be. Maybe it’s the weathering of the bronzes or the natural light, I don’t know, but I’ll take an outdoor […]

catawba pottery, or how our ancestors got their craft on

Wow, it is really hard to get a good photo of something in a glass case under fluorescent lighting. Ack. Anyway, on a recent homeschool adventure, we visited the Upcountry History Museum for a great class on the Catawba nation. We also toured the museum’s current exhibit on Catawba pottery. Not unlike their fellow crafters […]

curious vicarious volcano

I always wanted one of these, but I thought $15 for a plastic form and some sandy plaster (that I could get from Hobby Lobby for $2) was stupid. At Goodwill last week, I saw a complete, unused kit for $1.25. Score! All my earth building dreams fulfilled: The boy had fun, too. I am […]