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• I thought double-digit multiplication was going to kill me today. But then it didn’t! I live to fight another day (to Big’s regret, I’m sure.

Little, who’s always hummed cheerfully through her schoolwork has recently started whining and fussing at me during math. What is this? I cynically suspect she wants in on the patting and encouraging and soothing voice her brother gets. Hmm. Sometimes I think they lie awake at night and plot against me. Is that too suspicious?

• Speaking of kids, on Saturday morning after a night of strange dreams, I woke wanting to cuddle my kids. I nudged Jim on the shoulder and said, “I want a baby.”

I didn’t even realize what I had said until all the blood drained from his face.

• A few weeks ago, my local homeschooling group on FB had a giant virtual fistfight about whether or not to allow political and religious posts on the Facebook Page. It started one afternoon, and continued all the way until midnight. It was horrifying. People stopped juuuust short of name calling. Like, they didn’t actually call names, but managed to leave no doubt as to the ones they would call, if they weren’t so civilized.

It was bizarre – and sad. They are all friends! They KNOW each other. I thought for sure I’d wake up the next morning and everyone would be contrite and apologizing and blaming it on too much wine… but no. They started right back up again. It went on for THREE DAYS. Eventually, one faction decided to split off and start over and the faction that stayed behind squabbled among themselves for a few more days before settling down.

Have you been through this? Is a Homeschool Group Split a rite of passage?

• This is awesome – This is What Brave Means at Momastery.

• Also this, about guarding the gates of your heart, which I am a huge believer in – Guard Your Gates.

• And one more – The Four Levels of Friendship. Very interesting. Lots of good points. INTJ Deb likes to be able to quantify things and make logical little charts.

• Happy Monday, y’all!

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• Little made an astonishing breakthough this week in the Dishes Department, telling me, “HEY! If you use the scrubby side of the sponge it really helps get the gunk off!” I recall a similar epiphany her father had shortly after we were married, “Hey! Did you know if you rinse the dishes right after you eat, they are way easier to wash?” He was delighted with this realization, which I promptly confided to my mother in bewilderment (how does one get to be 25 and not know about rinsing? how?), and it might have been the first time we collectively shook our heads together over “men.”

• I thought this podcast was quite interesting – Why Doing Less is the Best Way to Do More. It had some new (to me) ways of thinking about things. Normally I never listen to podcasts, although I know people who extol the virtues of them often. In truth, podcasts mystify me. Where do you even find them? Is there some kind of library of them? It seems tedious to seek out the best ones, and in any event, my house is never quiet. Besides, I have a little something called a radio and people’s voices come out of it with virtually no effort from me. 

• I quite liked this post – Happy to Homeschool at Clean. Clean is a very peaceful blog. I like going there.

• This, from The Fearless Homeschool – The Venerable College Search. I loved this post, mostly because I want to keep my children near me always, and this validates that feeling.

• I turned a men’s sweatshirt from the thrift store into a skirt for Little, just in time for Sunday Night Football (which is happening as I write this. I had to escape. Football is so incredibly tiresome. They should cut it in half, that would be better. There is rather a lot of grumbling and swearing coming from the other room right now).

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I know it looks a bit puckery, but I made it in less than an hour and plus also I don’t know what I am doing. It’s much better in person and in fact, I am quite envious of an ankle length sweatshirt skirt, it looks very cozy. She’s only going to have a waist as small as a person’s neck for so long, so I might as well take advantage of it.

• Happy Monday, y’all! Week Two of School for us!

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• This is interesting – I will not teach my kids about safe sex. Many things to think about there.

• I think I might be borderline Highly Sensitive. Huh.

*snort*

Giraffe Coffee

• Happy Labor Day, y’all! School starts tomorrow! To that end I just ordered some stuff. Because I am on top of the situation like that.

 

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• I liked this post by Penelope Trunk. Particularly the first paragraph –

“When I started homeschooling I was inundated with useless advice. Use cupcakes to teach math! Use car trips to teach geography! The ideas are not helpful because parents who are able to conceive of the idea of homeschooling do not need help thinking of fun projects. The problem with fun projects is that most parents don’t think they are fun.”

I find making things fun excruciating mostly, because I rock at homeschooling that way. I’m more of the, “will you just get to it so we can move on with our lives?” sort of mom, which is probably the exact opposite of the kind of encouragement that will get me the next DaVinci. If it’s not already fun to you, then let’s just grit our teeth and get through it so we can do the fun stuff. And in any event, my kids are wise to me, and nothing arouses suspicion like The Chirpy Fun Voice.

• If you have any budding geeky sorts, consider downloading Scratch, a free drag & drop computer programming language published by MIT and designed to introduce kids 8-16 to programming. Tressa told me about it, and the minute the book came in the mail and Jim downloaded it, the kids were riveted for entire HOURS in a row. It’s astonishing.

• Read the story of How Eddie Spent Her Summer Vacation. Make lots of mental notes about the evils of nature.

• Happy Monday, my darlings!