back to school

I was one of those weird kids who loved going back to school each fall. I loved thinking about all of the new things I was going to learn, shopping for new school clothes with my mom, and picking out fun, brightly colored school supplies. I don’t think my mom ever experienced any of the anxiety that parents have today when it comes to sending the kids back to school.   First, there are the uniform requirements. You need to… Read more »

feminism

  What is feminism? Why does it matter? Sometimes I find it hard to think of myself as a feminist. I’m never sure that the definition fits me. In fact, media portrayal of feminism makes me cringe. Of course, I am on the side of women. Gender, hair color, skin color, or any other adjective should define a person’s opportunity set. I completely relate to something Maya Angelou once said about being a feminist because she’s been female all her life,… Read more »

It’s been a while since I did a homeschool roundup kind of post, so I decided to go ahead and put one together today in honor of President’s Day. If you are a homeschool mom or teacher looking for a fun activity in honor of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, here are a few ideas that I particularly love. There are plenty of really cute and fun activities and crafts for elementary school children, but it’s harder to find appropriate… Read more »

getting to know me

We all know that kids have a wonderful way of being brutally honest. What makes it so wonderful is there is nothing but purity at the heart of their answers. Kids are not tempered by a politically correct filter, and most of the time, their responses are not an attempt at emotional manipulation.   Every once in a while I see these posts going around Facebook where you should ask your kids to respond to a set of questions. These… Read more »

My son is 10 years old. He’s not even “almost 11” since he just turned 10 at the beginning of the summer. He understands and can discuss astrophysics and planetary science. He knows what makes a black hole, discusses dyson spheres. and has opinions about string theory. He’s like a little Sheldon Cooper. He’s also really interested in “cubing”. We used to call the Rubix Cubes, but that is not the proper term since Rubix is a brand of cube just… Read more »

how to make ice cream in a bag

For the longest time, I’ve seen pins and posts about making ice cream in a bag. Today for science, we finally did it. I gave each of my kids their own individual bag to make. Here’s the recipe that we followed.     Shaking for 10 minutes was the hardest part, but I loved it because they really had to work for their ice cream. After about 5 minutes our hands got so cold that we switched to wearing oven… Read more »