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Lesson Three: More Stories

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

This blog is part of Educating My Boy: Chronicles of a Free-Schooler

Volume Three of My Book House series, “Up One pair of Stairs,” is also a collection of folk and other stories and poems. Here there are more original texts (as opposed to retellings) than in the previous volumes and children are introduced to the unadulterated language of literature. I assigned Jack poems by Robert Louis Stevenson, Emily Dickinson, and Wordsworth, and stories from the Grimm brothers, Old Testament, and retellings of a couple of stories from Chaucer.
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Lesson Two: Stories

Thursday, January 20, 2011

This blog is part of Educating My Boy: Chronicles of a Free-Schooler

Volume Two of My Book House series: “Story Time”
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Lesson One: Nursery Rhymes

Sunday, January 09, 2011

This blog is part of Educating My Boy: Chronicles of a Free-Schooler

Volume One of My Book House: “In the Nursery”
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When would you like to eat?

Thursday, December 16, 2010

My mother is eighty three years old and has always been very active, creative, and deeply connected to many people in her life. She is a celebrated educator, author, and any number of other things. But old age catches up with everyone eventually and she has had to slow down. She lives with my brother most of the time but is increasingly staying with us. In fact, one reason we moved out of the city is to have a bigger house so she can live with us more comfortably. More

Time, time, time -- or quantitative un-easing

Thursday, December 02, 2010

I’m not finished with my negative/positive resistance topic – and I am going to interject myself into the child raising/educating picture some more. More

Bad blogs and negative resistance

Friday, November 19, 2010

This is definitely not an invitation for abuse but I do like it when readers challenge my thoughts or downright say they don’t think much of something I write. It gives me a little jolt and makes me look at myself.  More

The role of chance

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

This blog is part of Educating My Boy: Chronicles of a Free-Schooler

What I am going to do in the next series of blogs is to record some of the “lessons” that I prepare for my son. But before I embark on the planned part of our curriculum I want to pay homage to the role chance plays in what Jack studies. In fact the very “curriculum” that I’m going to blog about came to us by chance.
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What do we teach?

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

This blog is part of Educating My Boy: Chronicles of a Free-Schooler.

Obviously one of the first questions you ask yourself when you decide to homeschool your kid is, What do I teach?
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How to stop bullying: Two very different approaches

Friday, October 15, 2010

Bullying has been in the news again: more savagery in schools, more suicides, more hand-wringing on what to do… In the most recent newsletter from Edutopia there was a segment titled “Creative Solutions to Prevent Bullying: Boosting Emotional Intelligence to Battle Bullying – A Brooklyn program gives kids an emotional tool kit.”  More

The dusting of books...

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

A while ago I wrote about our decision to move out of San Francisco. Well, the move is upon us. We’re packing, loading, cleaning, painting, etc., hence my laxness in writing blogs.
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