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Chronological Snobbery about the Middle Ages

  We’ve been reading Men, Microscopes and Living Things, which is a sort of history of biology for children. On the whole I really like the book. It’s well written and engaging. But the chapters on medieval herbalists and medieval bestiaries both raised my eyebrows a bit and sparked some interesting discussions as I questioned […]

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Daring the Wind and Waves: Three Library Book Picks

We’ve had a bunch of nice books out from the library, but these three stand out from our recent haul. Though to be honest they were my favorites, not necessarily the children’s, but they were appreciated and admired. Dare the Wind: The Record-breaking Voyage of Eleanor Prentiss and the Flying Cloud by Tracey Fern, illustrated […]

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I Heard a Fly Buzz: Learning Notes

Today was a very unschoolish day! Bella did her Life of Fred math which involved us all breaking up sticks of spaghetti and eating them raw. Sophie filled in her Saxon calendar and then we played War in lieu of a lesson. Anthony and Lucy played with the Cuisinaire rods and then Sophie sorted buttons […]

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Homeschool/Reading Notes: The Season of Nature Study

(Notes from last week that I meant to post this weekend, but we were too busy with going to the farmer’s market with my mother-in-law on Saturday and then gardening and confession and dinner and baths. And then on Sunday my niece’s confirmation.) It finally feels as if spring is here. The good spring when […]

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Homeschooling Field Trip: Mount Auburn Cemetery

I was so glad that we were all over being sick on Monday so that we join some of our local homeschool group on our much-anticipated field trip to Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge. While I do love visiting cemeteries, Mount Auburn is much, much more than just a cemetery. It was established in 1851 […]

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