Here’s what I love about this article: instead of a recipe (which there is, actually, at the bottom), it focuses on the science of making a good cookie. When you have words like creaming process, seeping, “run out,” hydrated, emulsify, brown the butter, etc. you know it’s going to be fun to read.
Check out this fantastically interesting article about a family that left for the Siberian forest to stay away from the harm of World War II… and they never came out (until they were discovered by some geologists doing research:
For over 20 years I’ve been intrigued by the story of Dr. William Beaumont. I heard this story when I was in middle school and I’m sure I was on the edge of my seat when I watched the movie in class. I think this was the beginning of my awe of the discovery of modern medicine… how did we figure this stuff out?
So I don’t spend another 20 years trying to remember the name or details, here are two resources:
I’m not sure how many homeschool families aspire to this (I’m guessing it is less than 1%). And honestly, getting my kids into school before they are 12 is not on my list. I love the dad’s line at the end: “Truly, we’re just average.” “Yeah, right,” most people would argue… average. That makes pretty much everyone else way, way below average :p
The haters come out and tell why it’s so horrible that these socially deprived kids have lost out on their childhoods, etc. etc. etc. All the lame, uninformed reasons why no one should homeschool.
Let’s get beyond those sophmoric, insecure whinings, and dig a little deeper. Those kids seem well-accomplished, driven, and pursuing passions and interests. Quite a bit different than what I saw in my schooling, with more of the glazed over look, or the socialization that I got, which was how to be street smart (read: not get beat up).
But that’s not why we homeschool. Here’s part of the article that touches on one thing we love about homeschooling:
“Hannah was whizzing through the math and saying, ‘Mom, do I really have to do the rest of this chapter? It’s so repetitive,’” Mona Lisa said. “And we’d say no just do the odd (questions) or the even ones or just skip the rest of that chapter because we know that you know that… and next thing you know, she’s ready for some advanced math.”
We love allowing kids to go at their own pace, learning what they are interested in… what an awesome part of life-long education!
Last week I was weeding a garden box with my five year old son. He told me that he was a ninja. He could pick weeds with his eyes closed, because ninjas can see with their eyes closed.
I asked him where he learned about ninjas and he said he didn’t learn about them, he was just born that way. My son was born a ninja. #awesome
I used that information a couple of days later when I was alone with him and was doing video recordings and need complete silence. Don’t-flush-the-toilet, turn-off-the-air-conditioner, be-super-duper-quiet silence. How do you explain this to a five year old? I don’t know. But I do know how to explain it to a five year old ninja. You simply say that I need total quiet, and if he needs to walk around, he has to walk around as silent as a ninja. That totally worked.
Yesterday I changed out of my clothes after a family get-together and put on my black pajama bottoms and my black t-shirt. He was right there and asked: “Dad, is that your ninja clothes?”