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Wednesday, 24 February 2016


You can learn how to add and minus, multiply and divide.  You can learn the process to figure these out.  You can learn how to look at a maths problem and find the answer.

These things don't mean anything if you can't figure out how to create the maths problem in the first place.

Life isn't going to go around handing us maths problems to figure out.  We are not going to be given maths questions to answer.  We need to know how to create the maths for ourselves.  We need to know how to figure out how much our shopping will cost us.  Sometimes we need to know how long something will take to finish.  But we can't figure these things out if we don't know what to add to what, or what to multiply by what.

Having a calculator doesn't help you either.

Thursday, 18 February 2016

A Day in Our Life 2016

The second day of our homeschool week.


I lay in bed pretending, no, attempting to stay asleep while the kids rummage around in the kitchen for breakfast.
The Monster, in his new Big Boy capacity, cooks eggs on toast for his breakfast.  The Wench chooses to have the ever so nutritious and filling coco-pops instead.
I continue "sleeping."


The Minx awakens.  She isn't crying.  I am still "asleep."  Then her Daddy decides to bring her to me where I sleep.  Sigh.  There is no staying asleep when little baby hands are scratching your face off, and whatever remains of your face after that is eaten by a slobbery baby mouth.

Friday, 12 February 2016

Our Newer Homeschool Area

Last year, as part of the NBTS Blog Hop, I shared our Homeschool Area.  A nice look at our very messy area.  This week I am going to do the same, again for the NBTS Blog Hop.

I am happy to say that our area is quite different this year.  Not necessarily any neater, but it is different.  Now that the Minx has joined us I have had to move us out of the comfort of the loungeroom and out into the kitchen.  I figured, the Minx will likely begin her crawling in the loungeroom and therefore I needed to get all of that highly interesting (to a crawler) stuff away from prying hands.  It also means less mess on the carpet.

It is significantly easier to clean up tiny little pieces of paper from the linoleum than from the carpet, I guarantee you that!  Pencils shavings are the same, pencil leads too.

I am not going to show you the state of the loungeroom today, because in all honesty it is still quite messy right now.  Let's call it the transitional period haha.

Monday, 8 February 2016

They Aren't What We Make Them

I read an opinion article today titled What I'm never going to tell you about homeschooling.  In many ways it's a lovely article, I agree with some of the points it's trying to make.  At the same time it is heavily, and I mean heavily Christian.

Now there is nothing wrong with Christianity, and nothing wrong with Christian Homeschooling.  But for those of us who are not Christian, not of an Abrahamic faith, it is often extremely difficult to read good articles and blog posts that are heavily religious.  We tend to miss the point of the post because we are sitting there going, "ugh, no, eww, what in the hells?!?"  Or we just stop reading after the third time God is mentioned... In the first sentence.

This is our problem.  Not yours.  Keep on writing your Christian posts.  We'll keep on ignoring them.

Sometimes, however, ignoring a Christian post means that we are missing out on some good information, advice and knowledge.  The linked article is, I believe, one such post that we could all benefit from reading.  But we won't, because "Ugh!"  So, since I did read most of it, I thought I would share the salient point in a non-Abrahamic friendly way.

Friday, 5 February 2016

Why I am Grateful for Homeschooling

There are several reasons that I homeschool, but being grateful for homeschooling is something I haven't thought of.  Don't get me wrong, I am certainly grateful for it, for the chance to be able to do it, but I haven't really thought of what about it I am grateful for.