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10 Things I Miss About Home School: Part Two

Pat the real Hamster in a Littlest Pet Shop creation. Oh, a quiet morning – just like the old days…

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10 Things I Miss About Home School: Part One

Last year was great. I really did like home school.  Sure it pushed me to my limits balancing work and…

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Am I Stretching Things too Far? Home School Lessons from Farmville!?!

If you haven’t played Farmville yet, you’ve been warned! Don’t start! It’s totally addicting.  I initially started playing to learn…

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Undercover Boss as Home School Curriculum – This is good stuff! (Worksheet Included!)

We started watching Undercover Boss with the very first episode. I was intrigued that the CEO of Waste Management was…

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Henry Cowell State Park: Home School Scavenger Hunt

One year, I took Katie to Henry Cowell the first Sunday of every month and had her take pictures so…

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The Home School Science Fair: The Results are In!

That’s right! We had us a Science Fair and it was great. Despite the hesitation and resistance expressed by the…

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The Home School Science Fair: Are You Kidding Me?

I am not writing about the actual Science Fair – I will do that in an upcoming blog. Nope, tonight,…

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Do boys and girls play differently? Oh yeah they do!

Today began so simply. Up early, bugged out to breakfast so the housekeeper could kick some butt. Took home school…

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Life Aboard the USS Hornet: We Lived Like Sailors – Awesome!

Katie and I slept on the USS Hornet! Holy cow, talk about bringing history to life! It was a fantastic…

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Fostering Independence (While I Take a Pill and Try to Stay Calm)

I figure one of the big “themes” of home school is letting Katie try to do things on her own….

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Home School: With a little help from my friends…

One of the best things that happened in early winter is a friend joined us in home school. Jordan and…

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Good Grief: Does Anyone Home School During the Holidays?

Yep. Last blog was November 16, 2009. Feels like a lifetime ago. Work got crazy, Thanksgiving was just around the…

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Safari West: Best Animal Experience Ever

Unassuming. Intimate. Incredible. Those words barely begin to describe Safari West. (Click on any of the photos to see them…

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Gold Rush Continues: Columbia State Park Takes Us Back in Time

(This is part two of two on our trip to Gold Country.)We arrived at Columbia State Park just as the…

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Bringing the Gold Rush to Life: Hard Rock Mining and More!

(This is part one of two on our trip to Gold Country.) Living in California rocks. Um, hard rocks. Like…

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Great Field Trip: Monterey Bay Aquarium Welcomes Homeschoolers

If you grow up in Santa Cruz County it’s inevitable you will end up going to the Monterey Bay Aquarium…

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Public School “Deprogramming”: I Think We Did It!

At one of the first parent support groups, one of the things the experienced parents talked about was giving Katie…

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Halloween Homeschool! The Legend of Sleepy Hollow & Trains!

We have the coolest place in Santa Cruz – it’s called Roaring Camp and they have old steam engine trains…

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Bringing Amelia Earhart Back to Life

We are always looking for interesting ways to tie-things together so Katie can engage with a subject in different ways….

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Show and Tell: Home School Style (this would never happen in public school!)

A couple of weeks ago Katie came home all excited because she found out she could bring one of her…

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Hot Dog! The Kid’s a Grass Roots Activist! It’s all about 350!

We took two friends to lunch today downtown to the Saturn Cafe. It’s uber Santa Cruzy – a vegetarian restaurant…

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Independence, Values and Helping Our Kids Find Their Way

I was born independent. My mom will swear to it. It was nature not nurture (I am sure my mom…

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Rant: Are You Freaking Kidding Me? Fifth Grade Standards…

I’m interrupting this blog for a brief rant. We are relunctant home schoolers. I wasn’t my original plan. And Katie…

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10 Things We Learned from the Great California ShakeOut

Since I lived through the Loma Prieta quake in 1989, I have a pretty good sense of what the heck…

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Blog Action Day 2009: Kids Speak Out About Going Green

Since we now turn everything around here into a home school activity, I thought I would drag Katie into the…

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This School Day Interrupted by THE WEATHER!

As this amazing storm continues to pound Northern California, Katie decided to do a little weather reporting. Of course, within…

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The Great California ShakeOut: Earthquake Prep as Curriculum

In 1989, I was at the ball game when the Loma Prieta earthquake hit. Magnitude 7.2 or 6.8, I am…

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Reflections: Home School Camping Trip – It Was Awesome!

We had a great time camping this weekend with the home school gang. In an effort to help us get…

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Steve Wozniak Education and Creativity Talk: The Recording as Promised….

Here’s the link to the blog that has the recording for the Steve Wozniak event. He talked about education and…

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Today’s Lesson: The Webkinz Economy!

Here’s hoping there are “educational” properties in Webkinz. Why? Because Katie has spent the better half of the week setting…

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Reflections: Our Extended Family Delivers Lessons for Life

Before the rush to Sacramento to help my aunt, we had planned to join my mom’s sister and brother and…

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Gramma Teaching? It’s all about Grocery Ads!

When we found out we had to rush up to Sacramento to help an ailing relative, of course I threw…

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Steve Wozniak Danced Into Our Lives and I Missed It!

I totally blew it. I could have had the coolest “home school” experience for Katie and I choked because I…

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Insomnia Sucks: Still Struggling to Find the Balance

It’s five in the morning. I have been awake for over an hour. I can’t sleep – maybe it’s some…

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Reflections: I am Struggling with Work/Life Balance

My whole goal of this blog is to help me remember what we did and our experience of home school….

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Scarier than Dying? “Public Speaking” at the Fair? 10-Year Old Style

In a rather cool move by our local County Fair, winners in the poetry contest are asked to come and…

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Fair Update: Her Veggie Creature Won!

Just a quick follow-up to our veggie art story – we went to the fair today and she won! A…

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Fighting at “Home” School – With an Amazing Resolution

I know this is probably a familiar story to any parent who home schools. The big fight(s) about getting the…

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Best “School Work” Ever: Art Project for the County Fair

When Katie had a fever of 103.5 yesterday, I figured there was no way she was going to be able…

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Reflections: Week Two – It’s So About Me!

Woohoo! We wrapped up the second week of home school and it was better than the first. Well, at least…

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I Must be Doing Something Wrong, This is Too Much Fun

A year ago I was dealing with a total remodel (which means we moved out), a pair of seniors whom…

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Discuss: Where Will Education be in Five Years?

I was at an all-day offsite today and that was one of the questions we tried to answer. I have…

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Lesson Plan: Using Obama’s Speech to Teach, er um, Learn

Setting the (insane) controversy aside, I am going to have Katie watch and listen to Obama’s speech tomorrow. We won’t…