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politics – Christy's Houseful of Chaos: the day after the American election

I started blogging right after Stephen Harper was re-elected. Back then my blog was called “Another Step to Take…” I was sitting in shock, staring at election results, and feeling horrified that Canada could re-elect someone so blatantly bad. I had been out knocking on doors during the election. I had helped drive people to . . . → Read More: politics – Christy's Houseful of Chaos: the day after the American election

Christy's Houseful of Chaos » politics: I homeschool with a village to help me.

There is a meme I’ve seen going around on facebook and twitter that says “I homeschool because I’ve seen the village and I don’t want it raising my child.” The meme is sad on so many levels. It is incredibly sad to think of people feeling so isolated and at odds with their “villages.” Whenever . . . → Read More: Christy’s Houseful of Chaos » politics: I homeschool with a village to help me.

Christy's Houseful of Chaos » politics: homeschooling, both religious and secular, and the need for accountability

In most settings I interact with people there is a presumption that a person will keep quiet about his or her religion, and not assume to know what religion the other person is. In homeschooling settings the rules are often different. Homeschoolers are often quite vocal about their religious beliefs.

Of course there are many . . . → Read More: Christy’s Houseful of Chaos » politics: homeschooling, both religious and secular, and the need for accountability

Another Step to Take: homeschooling history

Wow. A letter to the editor in the Nanaimo Times reminds me why teaching history properly is so important. The letter has been removed but a screen shot of it is linked to above. The author of the letter lists of accomplishments he feels the natives failed to meet before starting onto his theories before . . . → Read More: Another Step to Take: homeschooling history

Christy's Houseful of Chaos politics » Christy's Houseful of Chaos: Teaching history to my homeschooled kids

Wow. A letter to the editor in the Nanaimo Times reminds me why teaching history properly is so important. The letter has been removed but a screen shot of it is linked to above. The author of the letter lists of accomplishments he feels the natives failed to meet before starting onto his theories before . . . → Read More: Christy’s Houseful of Chaos politics » Christy’s Houseful of Chaos: Teaching history to my homeschooled kids

Another Step to Take: WWII and the idea that stories have a story behind them.

I found the book The Journey that Saved Curious George by Louise Borden at the library, and borrowed it thinking it would be a good way of encouraging the children to think about stories as having authors and authors as having their own stories. It also opened up a way of talking again about World War . . . → Read More: Another Step to Take: WWII and the idea that stories have a story behind them.

Another Step to Take: Christmas Time Fun

So what did we do this Christmas time? We tobogganed, experimented with computer programming again, played board games and much more. Here are a few of our holiday projects.

We had learned about the different types of levers earlier, including the mnemonic “ple” to remember which type of lever is with. Each letter of . . . → Read More: Another Step to Take: Christmas Time Fun

Another Step to Take: 5 Reasons to Make a Set of Napier’s Bones

Napier’s bones are easier than slide rules,” my seven year old announced the other day. I had found extra-wide wooden craft sticks (popsicle sticks), shown him how to write the multiplication table on them, dividing the one’s digit from the ten’s digit with a diagonal line. Each stick contained the first ten multiples of one number. . . . → Read More: Another Step to Take: 5 Reasons to Make a Set of Napier’s Bones

Another Step to Take: Homeschooling

Savannah of the website Hammock Tracks has included an email interview with me on her website as part of her “Who Homeschools” feature. Check it out right here and then explore other parts of her site.

Speaking of homeschooling, it’s been funny recently some of the responses I’ve had when talking with strangers, at protests and around . . . → Read More: Another Step to Take: Homeschooling

Another Step to Take: Homeschooling Weekly Round-Up Post

This week has been a pretty decent week, homeschooling-wise. Mostly the seven year old did math and writing practice, and the four year old reading and math practice.

My four year old made some pipe-cleaner letters, which were actually meant more for math practice than reading/writing practice. I wanted to challenge him to think about . . . → Read More: Another Step to Take: Homeschooling Weekly Round-Up Post