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Father’s Day 2006

Sunday, June 18th, 2006

Happy Father’s Day to all you dads.  I wonder if your day started as early as mine.  My daughter came to wake us up at 6:30 to open presents.  We held off until about 7:30.
From my daughter, I received a Mindy Abair CD (very nice jazz saxophone and vocals) and this book.  My wife gave […]

The Nanny State: a literal party-pooper

Wednesday, June 14th, 2006

From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s “Get Schooled” blog, we learn that school parties in one Atlanta county have taken a major hit. The school board is banning homemade goodies, due to concerns over “food safety, food allergies and increasing vigilance over childhood obesity.”
Let’s dismiss the obesity and food safety issues first. I don’t accept […]

Just make the screaming stop!

Friday, June 2nd, 2006

It’s our first slumber party at the Ticklish Ears household.  Six eight-year-old girls are running loose upstairs.  I expect to spend most of the evening down here hiding, except when required to fulfill any Sergeant-At-Arms duties.
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Update: The screaming has stopped (at least temporarily), thanks to the wonders of DiGiorno’s Half Cheese/ Half Pepperoni pizza.

Socialization and Homeschooling

Wednesday, May 31st, 2006

Still have questions about socialization and homeschooling? Let Andrea over at Atypical Homeschool set your mind at ease. The punch line:
The volumes of papers and articles I came across have all come to the same conclusions: parents are the single most important influence for children to learn social behaviours.
I’ll let you read her […]

It’s a woman’s right

Sunday, May 28th, 2006

… to not be the mother of someone with club feet!
MORE than 20 babies [in Britain, I imagine] have been aborted in advanced pregnancy because scans showed that they had club feet, a deformity readily corrected by surgery or physiotherapy.

“It was strongly suggested that we consider abortion after they found our baby had a club […]

Love and Passion in the Classroom

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2006

No, not that kind. Bear with me.
The Carnival of Education is up over at The Education Wonks. EdWonk does his usual superb job. I’ve visited a number of the entries mentioned in this week’s carnival, including MathAndText’s description of a humorous exchange concerning the spelling of checkup.
My title above refers to an entry […]

Is Homeschooling Racist?

Wednesday, April 26th, 2006

Dr. Jim West (remember him?) wants us to ponder the racist roots of homeschooling by reading an editorial at the Baptist Center for Ethics, entitled, Is Racism at Heart of the Disdain for Public Schools?:
As slavery was at the heart of the founding of the Southern Baptist Convention in 1845, racism was at the heart […]

The Entitlement Generation: “I’m only paying for the cheese sandwich!”

Tuesday, April 18th, 2006

It was an interesting story at the Get Schooled! blog over at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. A school has a unique approach to detention: it doesn’t hold detention after school, “because parents will often try to get a child excused from an afternoon detention because of a legitimate or bogus scheduling problem” (that by itself […]

A new solution for the reluctant writer

Saturday, March 18th, 2006

You may recall that we were looking for ways to encourage our daughter to write. I may have stumbled onto a new approach that combines creative writing with the spelling theme of the week.
I proposed at the beginning of the week that together, she and I write a story, using our spelling words for the […]

Homeschooling and Writing: Other Problems

Sunday, February 19th, 2006

I wrote the other day about a very welcome article I found in the latest edition of TOS. Vicki Caruana addresses reaching the Reluctant Writer, and this is something we have been struggling with in our home. The ideas that folks came up with in the comments are terrific! My sister-in-law suggested […]

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