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  1. Spidermonkey Humor

    My 7 year old daughter, codename Spidermonkey, was suspended high off the ground within the doorway of her room (hence, her nickname).
    As I was trying to pass through her doorway, which she was effectively blocking, I pleasantly asked, "Annin, could I have by, please?"
    In her cheerful way, she answered, "Sure, but first, what is the magic word?"
    At that, I said, "Please," (of course--what other magic word is there.)

    To which ...
  2. The Whys and Hows of Fun in Learning

    I love the creative why questions that relate to homeschooling, questions that allow for a full range of thoughtful responses, rather than cut-and-dried yes/no answers. There are many types of worthwhile questions, but my favorite is the why query. Why do you homeschool? Why did you choose this/that curriculum? Why are your children hanging from rafters by their tails? (Just kidding!) An excellent why question satisfies a need to explore and delve deep into a subject, setting aside predispositions ...
  3. Philosophy for Dummies

    I think? Therefore, I am confused.

    The age old question (below) resolved.

    Q: If your young child throws a temper tantrum in a grocery store and no (visible) shoppers are around to hear him, does he still make a sound?

    A: YES! Yes, he does! Shoppers who were not even present in the store will literally come out of the woodwork just to see what all the ruckus is. As a concerned parent, you should take the only sensible course of action, and act ...
  4. Holy Cow--what a week!

    This has nothing to do with homeschooling, but I am going to share anyway. Today, for the 2nd time in two weeks, a bizarre--and not good--incident has happened near our house.
    As it happens, we live in a small, very conservative town, which normally does not have much crime. Of course, this morning would be the exception. The "house" next door to ours has long been converted into a business, and is one of a few hair stylist and tanning shops in our town. Apparently, they were ...
  5. Linguistics and Statistics: The Powers to Astound and Confound

    Farcical English: Using Linguistics and Statistics to Astound and Confound

    Welcome to Advanced English: The Farcical Method. Our study of this illustrious subject commences with an enlightening study of several ways that aspiring writers and speakers (that's you) can persuade a target (ed) audience. Hence, I sharing some one-of-a-kind, super hot, English tips. (Oooh, wow! English lessons from a non-qualified "professional". I've got chills. Do you?) Before ...
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