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Learning by Puzzling

Learning by Puzzling

Puzzles are fun and they are also an excellent way to learn visual information.  Searching for just the right piece, whether by color, pattern, or shape, makes one actually see the picture. The process of holding that information in one’s mind while searching through dozens or hundreds of similar puzzle pieces develops concentration.  Puzzling itself […]

Review: I’d Rather Be Reading by Anne Bogel

The title of this book says it all:  I’d Rather Be Reading.  But, as any reader knows, it is not always wise, right, or possible to be reading, and I was curious to see what Anne Bogel considered to be The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading Life.  At the back of my mind there […]

Reading Week

Every fall we take a week off from regular schoolwork and focus on books.  This is a rest and a reward for the fall’s hard work.  It is also a huge game changer educationally, as we take time to explore new ideas. This year we were sick during reading week but even so it was […]

Fall Recipes: 15+ Ways to Enjoy or Preserve the Harvest

Every fall, I search my own blog for our favorite harvest recipes.  This year I decided to compile a list so you can enjoy them as well.  These are all favorites that we have used over and over, from salsa and sauerkraut to pumpkin slice, apple salad, soups, and Thanksgiving turkey.  I have included a […]

Looking for Health: Balance

Very early one recent morning I took a little walk.  A fox bounded laboriously through the tall meadow grasses and I could hear the swish of each jump.  So did our dogs.  A fuzzy black and white caterpillar twisted its way through the lawn, and up above I heard the dry woosh of wings as […]

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