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Reading about Math and Science

Years ago we started the practice of reading books about science and math as an ‘official’ part of our homeschool (i.e. something I make sure happens).  We read not only our carefully chosen textbooks, but also biographies, picture books, explanations of concepts, and deep discussions.  Why?  Because, while science and math textbooks are indispensable, especially […]

Review: Carry On, Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham

Once again, and probably for the last time, I read Carry On, Mr. Bowditch aloud to my children.  It’s one of my top 50 children’s books for many reasons, not the least of which is the brilliantly-written story. Little Nat Bowditch is part of a seafaring family that has hit upon hard times, but he […]

Review: Weather Wits and Science Snickers by Steve LaNore

What’s the difference between a dust devil and a tornado?  Why don’t vacuum cleaners work on the moon? What do raindrops look like? With Steve LaNore you can learn these and other science tidbits while laughing through Weather Wits and Science Snickers. This 57 page softcover book is full of Corny Jokes and Cool Facts […]

Review: Cooked by Michael Pollan

For the past few weeks I have been savoring Michael Pollan’s Cooked, page by fascinating page.  Pollan, a slightly eccentric barbequing, braising, baking, fermenting wordsmith, has not only researched and tried many of the traditional practices our family enjoys, but has written about them in magnificent prose. From real Southern barbeque to the perfect loaf […]

Review: Temple Grandin

When Temple Grandin (played by Claire Danes) travels to her aunt’s ranch, it does not take us long to realize that she responds to the world in a unique way.  Her aunt, however, is up to the challenge of having Temple on the ranch for a summer, and Temple grows to love the ranch cows, identify with […]

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