Monthly Archives: May 2008

Trying to get back on track!

Man! Things have been crazy around here! I turn around and look at the blog and I haven’t posted anything since TUESDAY??? What the heck??! Well, on Wednesday we had some friends over for most of the day and it was great! Jill (Homeschool Mama here) and her two boys came over for a picnic, […]

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Donna Boucher - May 30, 2008 - 3:31 pm

Very nice! I think Raw helps with skin tones…I don’t know how…but people who use Raw have pretty skin tones.

I see a little vinette (sp) too don’t I?

Cute shot!

whimsigal - May 30, 2008 - 3:50 pm

Donna, it may have something to do with being able to really tweak the white balance in raw. Yes, you’re right about the vignette! I forgot to add that in the notes. It was my most recent lesson.

carri - May 31, 2008 - 9:58 am

Congrats on the domain name!!

Unit studies are fun! We have done a lot of literature based ones over the years. I just print out a bunch of ideas then we pick and choose which ones interest us. I think you’ll enjoy it.

whimsigal - May 31, 2008 - 12:49 pm

Hey Carri, thanks!

Is there any particular place you go to print out the unit studies? It’s been so long since I thought about doing anything remotely like that! LOL

I may email you and ask you later, in case you miss this somehow.


carri - June 2, 2008 - 10:27 am

I usually just do a search for whatever topic and add the words unit study. The last one I search for was Wizard of Oz unit study.

We also do a library run and pick up as many books on the subject as possible too. Catelynn’s passion right now is bugs so she always brings home a stack of books on critters. She looks out for shows on tv and observes bugs in action whenever we go outside. It’s fun to watch her form her own “unit study.”

Can’t we all just get along?

Recently I followed a link to a blog that had taken a pretty hard stance against unschooling. The blog author had read an essay written by a teenager who was urging parents to consider their child’s feelings and interests and she considered his essay to be “horseshit”. I’m not providing any links because she has […]

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Cate - May 27, 2008 - 11:01 pm

In regards to the homeschooling issue – I absolutely agree with you Evie! I wrote a little while back on my blog that I don’t care what type of homeschooler people label themselves as – I can learn something from all of them (and I do!). Hence the eclectic list of blogs that I read.

Love the colours in your flower pic too.
Cate :-)

Joan - May 27, 2008 - 11:40 pm

People need tolerance and non judgment in so many areas – parenting, mothers working or not, and religion are a few on my mind recently.
Take you and me – we are making totally different choices right now on schooling, working (though w/your talent that might change), and church. I find your writings about your life very interesting and I support your decisions.

whimsigal - May 28, 2008 - 1:00 am

Cate, you’re so right. We can all learn so much from one another. It’s a shame how many people get hung up on the labels. Glad you like the pic of the flower! :)

We do come from different perspectives, don’t we? Yet I love reading your blog and your take on life and you’ve said in your comment you enjoy mine. I hope that I have never made you feel badly towards me about any of my sometimes strong opinions on topics like school and religion. Reading that woman’s blog made me realize how easy it is to be judgmental of someone and their lifestyle and I do NOT want to do that.

I value your opinions and support your decisions as well!!

piscesgrrl - May 28, 2008 - 3:05 am

The hard thing to remember is that we never get to see the big picture and we never get to know the intricate workings of another’s mind, so we make judgements based upon the wee bits of information we have. I had a ‘run-in’ with an extremely authoritarian parent not too long ago. She pulled her rank on *my* son which is what finally tipped the scale for me, but in our conversations we both learned a lot about the other and why we parent the way we do. We got more of the big picture. We still fall down in separate camps, but it was fascinating to me that we actually had an insightful conversation when I was ripe for a fight and expected an entirely different response from the one I got!

Hey, question – I keep forgetting to ask. Did you meet bossy?!? Do tell! She came near me and I really really considered going, but in the end… I didn’t. Laziness.

Maria - May 29, 2008 - 2:15 pm

Great food for thought. I don’t know the blog you’re referring to, but I’m in the camp of “let’s learn our own way and you do whatever works for you”.

Counting by 12’s a.k.a. Doughnut Math

Today we purchased our math curriculum. It’s quite effective. Today, we bought a dozen doughnuts. Yes, you read that right. Your eyes are not deceiving you. Our math curriculum is doughnuts oh, and doughnut holes. On the way home from the store, we began discussing how many doughnuts were in a dozen. That led to […]

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That’s the spirit! :) Love that.
I haven’t had doughnuts in ages. Maybe I should do a little math lesson too…. any excuse for some sugary nothing sounds good to me.

Joan - May 23, 2008 - 11:19 am

Good method. I don’t understand my son’s math anymore. I had to hire a college math student to help him when he was having trouble. I felt pretty stupid.

Heather - May 23, 2008 - 1:43 pm

We’ve used a lot of things for our math – Lego, plants in the garden, cookies, pizza but I don’t think we’ve ever done doughnuts. ;-) Fun post and yes it really does show that education is everywhere…especially when our eyes are open to it.

Do you know the Burl Ives song –

As you go through life make this your goal
Watch the donut, not the hole.

Doughnuts have many good life lessons for us. :-)

piscesgrrl - May 23, 2008 - 6:16 pm

I’d be willing to learn phlebotomy if it meant donuts. :-)

Cate - May 24, 2008 - 12:54 am

Mmmmmm….doughnuts :-)

Sounds a very cool “lesson.”


sheri - May 27, 2008 - 11:51 am

Sounds like the perfect way to do math to me!! :)

Natalie - May 27, 2008 - 3:08 pm

whew…thanks goodness dunkin donuts has come to turkey. our math skills were lacking!

KMDuff - May 29, 2008 - 12:14 am

Love your curriculum! Awesome! :) Wooot!