What we’re reading: Andrea Beaty

In a recent game of “Let’s chase each other around the house and shriek at the top of our lungs until Mom goes batty,” the four-year-old practically impaled her toe on a┬áchair leg and started screaming. Being the compassionate savages they are, her siblings consoled her by yelling, “Help! Call the librarians! Call the janitor!

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Teaching Shakespeare in the early years

I love Shakespeare. When my oldest was five she memorized Macbeth’s “Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow” soliloquy just from hearing me quote it so often. But loving it and trying to teach it to kids… well, those are two separate beasts! I knew that before the kids could truly appreciate the Bard, they needed to

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What we’re reading: Fibonnaci and fractals

Fractals… Quite honestly, I didn’t have any idea what they were until several books into this unit. I mean, here’s a definition: A fractal is a natural phenomenon or a mathematical set that exhibits a repeating pattern that displays at every scale. It is also known as expanding symmetry or evolving symmetry. If the replication

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Setting up a reading corner

If I could go back to the me that started homeschooling in 2009, I would give her one piece of advice: Establish a reading corner. However, while the 2009 me knew, in an abstract way, that a reading corner was probably a pretty darn good idea, it wasn’t until seven years later that the idea

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