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If You Give A 9-Year-Old A Cell Phone…

November 14, 2013

People. This is what happens if you give a 9-year-old a cell phone. She calls you in the middle of the day from the park (what park? who can say?), to tell you that there are no trash cans there and there’s a lot of litter, so she wants to call city hall and let [...]

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Go Play In Traffic!

March 18, 2013

A few days ago I posted about my unbooking project & my grand plan to send Rio to the bookstore around the corner on her own. I took Rio to the bookstore and had a conversation with the shop owner, Gil. He introduced himself to me and Rio, and said he’d be happy to have [...]

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Homeschooling: More thoughts on theory & practice

March 11, 2013

So it’s like this, today: Rio is lying in bed in a patch of sunshine, reading a graphic novel and listening to music. The baby I care for is napping. I’m stealing a moment to myself to write a blog post before tidying up in preparation for this afternoon’s crafty gathering. This is how I [...]

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Sneaking Up On A Theory of Homeschooling

March 10, 2013

We’ve been homeschooling for about six weeks now. Long enough to settle into a routine and tweak it a few times. Long enough to make a few false starts on project and approaches. Long enough to have a decent sense of a few things that don’t work and a few things that appear to work [...]

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So We’re Homeschooling Now

January 27, 2013

We’re air people now.  Here’s what happened. We were on the see-saw about whether or not to do this for *months*, and had pretty much decided to keep Rio in school. She was doing great academically, starting to make friends, and settling into a routine. She had a part in the school play and won [...]

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Off To See The Wizard!

January 25, 2013

Next week (next week! where does the time go?) Rio will be performing as a Munchkin in Somerville High School’s production of the Wizard of Oz, at the Somerville Theater. You can buy tickets online and go see her, along with 30 or so other kids from Somerville’s fine public schools. There are three shows, [...]

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In the Big Girl Zone!

November 8, 2012

“There is that “zone” word again, Mommy,” Serena announced from the back seat. “Z-O-N-E. Now I have seen that three times in my life.” She sounded exasperated, like some words have a lot of nerve showing up on three whole street signs in different parts of town. A fact she keyed into because she is [...]

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Best. Halloween. Ever.

November 1, 2012

And now for the Halloween post. Since the storm didn’t cause Halloween or any of its regularly scheduled rituals to be cancelled in our neighborhood, out we went with costumes and candy bags. My kids are the *perfect age* for trick-or-treating; old enough to “get it”, but not at all cynical about the process yet. [...]

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Here We Go Again With The Head Lice

October 14, 2012

A friend just let me know that his kids have lice, so I checked and sure enough, they’re crawling all over me. Since we found this out right at bedtime I didn’t thoroughly check the kids but I found what looked like nits on Rio’s head and have to assume both girls have them too. [...]

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Taking the Fool’s Leap into Homeschooling

October 3, 2012

We’ve decided to homeschool Rio. School is no longer a crisis but it’s not good either, and we kind of want the main thing Rio does with her time to be actively awesome as opposed to just tolerable. She’ll probably have to go to school for a few more weeks while we get all our [...]

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