Olustee 2015

Last weekend found us at the Olustee battlefield for the annual reenactment.  We’ve gone most years, but we missed last year which was the 150th anniversary of the battle.  Ethan was a major civil war buff since he was a kid, and he has an 1861 reproduction black powder muzzle loader he fires off for…

Homeschool: Zoology

      We started a Zoology block for 4th grade last week.  It’s supposed to be a Steiner thing about how mice represent intellect and are fearful, lions are emotional, cows are physical and digestive, but people are superior and have all those things.  I couldn’t stand to teach something that, as a Darwinist,…

Moving On

We just finished our most intense math block of the year – introducing fractions for 4th grade, and basic arithmetic (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division) for !st grade. The 1st grade math was fun – we used a story with squirrels gathering nuts (Addition gathers them a few at a time and puts them all…

Did You See Me Dwiving? (Thoughts on Creativity and Kids)

    Back when Clothilde was just a little grub, a friend of mine stopped by just to pick something up.  She left her 3-year old in the car, strapped into his car seat while she ran in, but of course we started chatting for a few minutes.  Mirin was playing outside, and all of…

Back-to-home-school

We are back to home-schooling again.  It’s another math block – fractions for the first time for the 4th grader, and introduction to the four processes for first grade.  I wanted to have some cute little wooden figures to help with the four processes, but buying beautiful Waldorf-inspired carved figures was cost-prohibitive (sheesh…it would have…

An Exciting Saturday

We had a great time again volunteering at the Dudley Farm cane boil on Saturday.  Ethan and Mirin helped our friend Willie to hew beams out of logs.  Rose practiced ballet on the finished beam.  Clothilde “helped” by running towards whoever was chopping with the ax.  She did help Willie move the split rails around,…

My Side of the Oak Thicket

We have been reading My Side of the Mountain on the way to and from the farm in the evening.  It was a book both Ethan and I enjoyed as kids, and we knew Mirin would absolutely love.  After hearing the first few chapters, he became enchanted with the idea of making a house in a tree,…

A Big Kid, Too

Ethan and the big kids like to play a few rounds of baseball in the evenings while I am wrestling milking the goats.  It’s the kind of baseball I played as a kid – a random bit of wood as first base, all the bases close together, a tennis ball and not enough players. Someone else…

The People of the Desert

We are starting another Native American block for homeschool (we are using the Christopherous 3rd grade syllabus this year).  Last week we stdied the people of the desert, which I had been really looking forward to.   Three years ago we went on a cross-country camping trip to California along I-10, so we all got to soak…

Sheltering

It was stormy yesterday evening when we were doing the chores, so Mirin and Rose decided to build a new kind of shelter.  It was built on The Pit, which has become a famous feature of the farm (this is actually the second and more respectable pit).  When kids come to visit, the pit gets…