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  1. Blood Sucking Creatures!

    Yesterday we went hiking in the woods for the first time in a while. Between the weather and allergies and crazy flooding/rains this spring, we hadn't really been out this year like we normally would be.

    Well this time I forgot something very important. Normally when we go hiking we prepare by rubbing tea tree lotion on our arms and legs and torso before putting our clothing on. Then before we put shoes and stuff on, I spray some stuff with a bit of deet.

    Well in ...
  2. Proficiency vs Placement

    I recently tried to use a charter school program through my state. I haven't gotten the grades back yet, so I am going to let them remain nameless. I was very disappointed in the entire program. Maybe some people are happy with it, maybe some people stick with it because they know the system--whatever. But we were not happy.

    One of the things that jumped out at me during this experience was the sad fact that when it was discovered that my kids were behind in math, the charter school ...
  3. Working on curriculum

    The youngest is easy. Workbooks. You can always find lots of workbooks for 5th grade and below, easy. The oldest--not so much. 8th Grade material is not always so easy to find. And there is the boredom factor. Favorite book series right now---anything by Erin Hunter.

    So I found the following textbooks lying around at various thrift stores.
    1. Write From the Start, which appears to be a college workbook for English and Writing for a local community college.
    2. Glencoe: ...
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