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Looking for blogs on homeschooljournal.net?

Hiya!

Boy I bet you’re as surprised as I am to see the wrong blog here. We are at the end of moving homeschooljournal.net and all member blogs to a new server, and this is one of the glitches. Support is working on it as we speak and I hope to see member blogs back up shortly.

And of course this happens when the comments on *this* blog are inoperable. *sighs* you can contact us at sillyandrea @ gmail . com if you really need anything.

All email is currently down as well.

Thank you so much for your continued patience.

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Comments are wonky

Hi there,

I’m looking into the inability to leave a comment issue. Seems there’s some sort of inexplicable error cropping up, which I can’t pin down. Oddly enough, if I am logged in, comments work fine. Even more odd is the fact we haven’t really changed anything on this blog.

Hmmm.

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And he’s back…

Just in time to go away for the weekend. ๐Ÿ™‚

We’re having mail issues on the new server, though. We can create accounts and read the mail on the server just fine, we just can’t get it to download from the server to our desktops.

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How Ron started his day

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Time stamp on the pic is 7:42 am. Then he left for the green house and called to ask if I would post this for him. You know, seeing as I had the camera and all.

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Books they should read

Thought up by our second-oldest child, Sarah (15). She’d like a list of books people think all kids should* read by the time they leave school. Since she’s pretty busy with work, I agreed to look through our stash of books (mostly in boxes now) and come up with a pile from which she will choose ones she thinks she’ll enjoy.

But I thought I turn it over to you as well, dear audience. Sarah says, “When in doubt, ask teh Internets.” ๐Ÿ˜€ What books do you think all kids should read by the time they reach adulthood?

Feel free to leave a list in the comments or trackback from your blog.

* Yes, we are well aware of the potential dangers of saying things like “all kids should”. I still feel it a valuable exercise and something that should be an interesting comparison. It won’t be a die-hard list we’ll follow by all means. In the end, it doesn’t matter how well-recommended a book is; if we don’t like it or find it interesting, we don’t read it.

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The logic of schools and explaining it to children who have never been

I have, as you know, four children – three of whom have never attended school of any kind. There are sometimes things I’ve had to explain over the years about school that they don’t understand. Sometimes I have had to try and explain things even *I* don’t understand.

Like yesterday.

“Tell me again,” said Addison, Master of Logic and Sarcasm, “why suspension is a punishment? Because they say so?”

And we were both left to ponder the illogic of if you are caught skipping school (cuffing, jigging, playing hookie) then many times the punishment, as it were, is that you are actually *forbidden* to attend.

One would think students would be leaving in droves. And I wonder what would happen, for instance, if a parent tried something like that? Oh, you stayed up too late watching tv last night? Well, for the next week, I am going to force you to stay up every night and watch tv. Didn’t do your chores like I asked? Fine, next week, NO CHORES FOR YOU!

Yeah. That works.

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Forum fixes

Awhile back, I had turned off new registrations on our forum. I just turned it back on with an extra activation step, instead of immediate.

Have a stop by, poke around, feel free to sign up. I had only closed it off because we were real queit and all the new member we got were spammers (and nasty ones at that).

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Home based education & heritage in Canada

CBC News: Analysis & Viewpoint: Minding your own – Home based education

Found this excellent article, which not only touches on the history of home ed here in Canada, but promises to explore more about our ethnic diversity and the choices marginalized parents are making.

Excellent article and an enjoyable read. There’s too many good bits to pick a quote from.

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Sitting at a desk is a skill?

I was blog-hopping this morning, and read somewhere – it doesn’t matter where, as we’ve all heard this one eventually – how a person asked, “Won’t she learn how to sit still at a desk?”

I thought about this – actually, I had a few quick thoughts which are rather unlady-like. Then I thought about my kids, who have not spent a lot of time at a desk, at least not conventionally speaking. I’m going to skip over using Addison as an example for a change, as he is leaving for college in two weeks and will be spending plenty of time at a desk in the next two years, and will manage nicely thanks.

Sarah is the oldest of our children to reach near-adulthood without ever attending school. We did visit a few times, though. Aside from a couple of years of school-in-box, Sarah has never had to sit at a desk for anything. I fail to see how this is a needed skill in her life as well, considering she is also in the workforce. At her place of employment, there are no desks.

I can’t say there are no desks at home either. We did have an overabundance of them, as they were handy for individual craft work when they were not holding stacks of books and papers. Now we just have Emma’s desk (more a small table really, constantly full of items), this computer desk, oh, and the girl’s computer desk. Addison has two desks in his room, one for the computer, one for other things, I think storage.

Mostly, the people in our house sit at a desk when they want to use a computer. They did not receive any instructions on this, each one merely sat down, or crawled up on the chair, as the case may be.

I noted with careful observation the rest of my children, who have also never been to school, and their learning habits.

Emma spent quite a bit of time sitting on her bed drawing three detailed pictures, with text. She sprawled on the floor, lego everywhere and built various constructions. The floor was also good for exploring Cuisinaire rods. The couch and the bed were good for looking at books and sharing stories (and cuddles). (Oh, and jumping.) The dining room table was used to practise table-setting, drawing various pictures to express emotions, and looking at sales flyers.

Meaghan sat in the comfy oversized living room chair for literally hours and read a book. She also sat at the small kitchen table we have, quite still, while she concentrated on recipes in various cookbooks. Then she made fruit muffins. She also used the dining room table for craft work, reading, writing and using the laptop.

I concluded that learning to sit at a desk is much like learning to sit at the dining room table: you just do.

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Homeschooling is so punk, yeah

Kim at Relaxed Homeskool says homeschooling is punk. You know, original raw anarchist punk, not the quasi-emo-punk of today.

Stick it to the institution, homeschool your kids.