Category Archives: language arts

A Day of Extremes

When I read the logs of other homeschoolers’ days, I’m usually struck by how awesome they sound, and wonder how the heck they manage it, or by horrible they sound, and how the heck did they manage to *survive* it. … Continue reading

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English language gives rise to (The) Chaos

The modern English language allows parents to wax sentimental about their child’s first steps while in the same moment their pediatric orthopedist makes a diagnostic evaluation of little Johnny’s pigeon-toed gait.  English has deep multicultural roots, and the victor has … Continue reading

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Decoding sentences and equations with a first, last, middle strategy

Sometime in the last six months I started referring to mathematical equations as ‘math sentences’, since they convey meaning just like English sentences.  This convenient little explanation lead us down an interesting road this last week, as we compared the … Continue reading

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Snapshot of a Day

The first book I read about homeschooling, about ten years ago, was Homeschooling: A Patchwork of Days, by Nancy Lande, which tells the stories of a single day in the life of dozens of homeschooling families. It was THE book … Continue reading

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Where we’re at

I haven’t documented where we are in our various subjects and activities for a while, so here goes – the early 2012 edition of Turkeydoodles Homeschool:

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Wasn’t going to post today*, but…

Buddy just read his first sentence: “Gus runs in the mud.” Thank you cuddle-school and Starfall.com! *in protest of the poorly written SOPA bill.  

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Beara’s Latest Novel: A Halloween Tale about Scale

(Beara made this physical book in a class last summer, with musical end note papers and everything, so now that she’s drawn this lovely little tale in it, I’m loathe to bend it open enough to get flat shots, so sorry about … Continue reading

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My apologies, Gentle Reader…

You’d think that I would have lots of extra time now that soccer season is over, but I’ve been wonderfully crazy busy with prep/attendance/recovery from the New England Conference for Gifted and Talented, held here in Vermont the other week.  I’m working … Continue reading

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In Theory…

… I’ve got everything I need, supplies and curricula-wise, to start our more formal Fall.  That said, I *did* just order Mathematicians are People, Too (vols 1 & 2), and Hakim’s The Story of Science: Aristotle Leads the Way.  (Great … Continue reading

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Learning to read at the Mall?

Yup!  Daddyman had an eye appointment, and I needed my glasses frames adjusted, so we both had to go, but would have time to kill.  What to do with three kids at the mall? (Other than the obvious; buying stuff that … Continue reading

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