Friday, October 20, 2017

On The Go

I made this today with items from my craft room:

On the go writing board. Velcro stuck to a clip board keeps (old) iPhone or iPad mini, Refreshabraille keyboard and Braille display, slate an stylus. Charging cables clipped to the back. Neck strap for easy carrying.



Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Punky Carving



For the first time, there was no adult help needed. And great was the rejoicing. 





"My pumpkin that I did all by myself. No help at all."


Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Respite





Every once in a while, a day or two by myself in the woods is perfect for rejuvenating. 

Teaching Accessibility

Last week I went into Abi's fourth grade class to let them try out some of her tools, namely the Brailler and cane. They had a ball! I hope their takeaway is that using the right tools, blindness doesn't have to be a barrier to learning!!







Chemistry

Little Mister and Daddy have been doing a middle school chemistry class. Last week they did experiments with dry ice. This week, fuses and gunpowder! Hey, who says science can't be fun??


Practicing Grand Jeté







And just for fun, doing headstands and handstands. 





Also, a pic of her class last July. Mostly for me to remember. 



Cody Turns Eight!!













Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Favorite Spot



Abi and Fizzy snuggling in the big brown chair while she reads a book. 

Monday, July 17, 2017

Family photo




Pool






In the summer, we try to cancel activities and spend afternoons at the pool. It's good exercise, a break from our yearly schedule, and it's fun and social since most of our small town does the same thing. 

Unschooling Thoughts

A note about unschooling. I had a long-time online friend express disappointment that we are no longer "unschooling." I think we must define unschooling differently because to me, I'm still offering resources to my children who are getting older. I still do a lot of child-led learning. But we have also discovered that they trust me to recommend things they'll need later on in life. Things like biology. Unschooling a five year old looks different than unschooling a ten year old or a fifteen year old. They eventually get bored with kitchen chemistry and crave more challenge. Or, as in the case with my little guy, we both agree that more structure will help him be happier and learn better, so the K12 is a good choice. If that's not strictly unschooling, that's fine. I'm not apologetic, because my kids' education is not about fulfilling some sort of arbitrary social definition. It's about helping them take ownership of their learning and also guiding them and offering resources and suggestions that they might need or want. Sometimes it's about convincing them that a subject they would prefer not to study is something they will be glad they learned later. To me that's just common sense, and the successful unschoolers who have gone before me whose blogs I read have done similar things. Instilling a delight in learning is the key, not withholding resources or merely playing in the dirt outside that should be the hallmark of unschooling, in my thinking.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Foster Kittens

A former classmate of mine from high school does fostering for abandoned kittens. She posts on Facebook, and I told her if she ever has or kittens than she can handle, give me a call. Well, two weeks ago, she did! 

 

Seven kittens and their scrawny teenaged mama have taken residence in our living room!

We named them after items on the great British baking show.

The mama we called Mary Berry. The kittens are Baguette, Ciabatta, Croissant, Pudding Swiss roll, Tiramisu and Macaron. 

 

 

Fractions

 

 

 

Solo Walk

Abi's Mobility lesson today was a solo walk. Two blocks and a couple of street crossings. 

I took a video of both times she did it. The first, she got lost because the exit from the park is a diagonal. She problem solved and got re-oriented and came home. We re-worked it and she tried it again. 

As you'll see, there were some very concerned older gentlemen who asked questions, but thankfully the second one when she said she didn't need help respected her and didn't creepy-stalk her all the way home. 

It kind of blows people's minds that a blind nine year old can learn to walk around, I guess. 

First time 

 

Second time 





Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Everything Coming Together




Okay, I'm gonna brag today. I had to learn the Nemeth braille code for times (and fractions) this weekend, watch a YouTube video on how to do multi-digit multiplication on an abacus, understand it enough to teach it, find a worksheet at the right level online, print it out, transcribe it into braille and emboss it, and calculate the answer myself... all in order to teach this lesson. 


And I did! And she got it!!!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xejiR9cKSJ0 

Sunday, April 23, 2017

First Mud Milkshake

Ducks love mud! Apparently it looks a bit scary at first...




Once somebody gets brave, it doesn't take long for everyone to notice. 






Saturday, April 22, 2017

Ducklings

After Puddles died, we reinforced the dog fence and decided to get some ducklings to replenish our flock. 

 

 

 

Their names are: Lucky, Lucy, Egghead, Fluffhead and Squeaky? Maybe. 

No Snow At the Cabin!

 

 

 

 

Easter Afternoon

We enjoyed Ethiopian food with friends, then we went to a local park to enjoy the lovely spring weather. 

 

 
 
 

Lego Challenge

 

At the little science and technology center near our house, the kids and I participated in a Lego building challenge, and our race car won second place. Best of all, we had a lot of fun.