Author Archives: Albreda

Identifying GT students in Pre-K: Choose your criteria wisely!

A recent Washington Post article talks about Maryland’s newly adopted guidelines for identifying gifted and talented students as early as age three.  Critics of the guidelines point out that such early identification processes are likely to overlook children of color, those … Continue reading

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Actions speak louder than words? Only when you don’t say anything!

My mother is British, and, like many Brits, drinks copious amounts of tea.  When I was a child, growing up near Boston, I used a tea set that she’d had when she was a girl in England during WW2, that … 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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Building independence one waffle at a time

I just read a great post about nine habits all kids should be learning, and it is a pretty nice summary of our priorities as both homeschoolers and parents, but few of these things are as simple as they sound, … 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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Robots made with balloons and coffee grounds? Yup!

They even throw darts! (2/15: fixed the link – sorry!)

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Valentine’s Day with Little Lady Love

Back when Beara was a tiny infant, she got the nickname Little Lady Love.  Today offers a good example of why we still call her that…

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Not letting ideology get in the way of my kids’ educational needs

Seems like 50% of the posts on my statewide homeschooling list are about how much folks want to/should avoid the state home study office as much as possible.  Maybe this comes from my history as a public school teacher, but … Continue reading

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