October 29, 2009

Homeschool Days 10/29/09

"If a child can't learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn."
--Ignacia Estrada

Haven't had time to blog this week. Funny Girl's birthday is on Sunday! We are going to the Georgia Aquarium tomorrow for her birthday trip and for trick or treating. It's going to be so much fun! I'm not entirely sure what the girls are going to be yet. They have a box full of dress-up clothes to choose from. Robotson is going to be a detective like Chet Gecko from his book club book, The Chameleon Wore Chartreuse.

We also read The Legend of Sleepy Hollow this week. It was a fun read for Halloween. The girls and I read several new books this week including Uncle Bobby's Wedding. Chloe's favorite uncle is getting married and she's afraid that will change things between them. Bobby assures her that's not true and Chloe agrees to be the flower girl at his wedding. It's a cute story about real fears that children can have when something changes in their family. Not central to the story is the fact that Uncle Bobby is marrying his boyfriend, Jamie. I thought it was an excellent way to normalize gay marriage.

I Was Born in a Tree and Raised by Bees was my favorite this week. Crinkleroot takes you through the different seasons in the forest. He shows you how to look and listen to find out about the plants and animals around you. It's a fairly interactive book. Funny Girl especially enjoyed it.

Let's see, what else did we do this week? We had two very nice play dates. We went over to Mo's on Tuesday and it was really rather peaceful and calm. The kids played well together. I think Mo and I could have just as easily read a book or taken a nap, instead of quietly chatting. Wednesday, we had friends over and tried out a new recipe for vegan cupcakes. I wanted to make them for FG's birthday, but wasn't sure how they would turn out. I thought it might be fun for the kids to help and it was! I did make a mistake in my reading comprehension though and they did not turn out very well. The kids were all great sports about it and I made a small batch later that afternoon correctly. They are super yummy and we'll definitely be keeping this recipe for the party and the future. We made the frosting too. YUM!

Robotson and I did rework the chores (again) and I did let him know that they would no longer be tied to his computer time. I'm not sure if he believes me or not, but he's kept up his end with minimal grumbling. Bedtimes have been pretty darn good this week as well. Can it last? I still want to update on a few more of our resolutions, time permitting.

I think I mentioned before that Robotson now has his own blog. He wrote a post this week about Ganesha, the Hindu deity with an elephant head. He really likes the Hindu gods and goddesses.

I'm hoping to put up some pictures from our fun this weekend and I know I'm way behind in keeping up with the comments. I've read them all, and I'll try to get to those as well!


  1. I always love hearing about the great books you seem to find -- thanks for sharing! Perhaps I can return the favor. Have you ever heard of the book "Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World"? Absolutely delicious concoctions, fun writing style, inspiring photos. If you truly enjoy baking, you should get this book.

    Thanks for the link to Robotson's blog. Gamma and I are going to check it out right now. Can I ask what sources you've used for different world religions with Robotson? Gamma's been asking some questions lately, and we'd rather present him with a broad overview of many religions, rather than just the Christian story, so he can see the similarities etc. But all the books I've been able to locate have been far beyond his attention span.

  2. Interesting books. I like it that in many modern book homosexuality is "normalized". Anna's best friend is adopted by a gay couple, and she thinks nothing of the fact that he has two fathers instead of mother and father. Normal family with two parents, that's all. Robotson's post about Ganesha is neat - yeah, definitely not quite a baby any longer :)

  3. Beta- Thanks for the book recommendation! I'm putting that one on my Christmas list :)

    I wrote a post a while back about my favorite book for introducing the major world religions.


    It was that book that introduced Robotson to Hinduism, but really to all of them. Another is In the Beginning: Creation Myths From Around the World by Virginia Hamilton. We read this one, but at the time Robotson did not seem interested. Turns out he actually paid much more attention than I thought. He brought up one of the stories just this week.

    Raising a Happy Child-Thanks for looking at Robotson's blog, he'll be thrilled that you enjoyed it!