For Instant Spring, Just Add Water

It's spring everywhere! After a drought, the few bursts of rain have brought everything to life. For instant spring, just add water. The creek is flowing. The ponds are full. Mallards are paired up. Garter snakes are mating. California newts are laying their egg sacs. Pacific Toads are slugging their way to the pond. Pacific … Continue reading For Instant Spring, Just Add Water

Score Another One for Homeschooling

We homeschool, but on the books we're public school students. We run our homeschool through an independent study charter school, Ocean Grove. In exchange for meeting with an Education Specialist once a month to sign attendance (as if you could be absent from homeschool!), submitting work samples, taking one CA state test, and writing one … Continue reading Score Another One for Homeschooling

Putting Up the Dome: Part Five

Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world."  —Archimedes With the main structure of the dome up, we worked into the evening on Sunday to put the hoop door in. Some of the struts had to be removed and then replaced with the … Continue reading Putting Up the Dome: Part Five

Putting Up the Dome: Part Four

Ben Franklin came up with some awesome ideas, but daylight savings is not one of them. With the time change kicking in, Mauricio arrives home right as the darkness does. Eager to get the show on the road, or rather, the dome on the platform, and with the weekend and rain on the way, he … Continue reading Putting Up the Dome: Part Four

Putting Up the Dome: Part Three

With the foundation completed, we were ready to lay down the flooring. The plans call for simply laying plywood, but we wanted the floor to be more finished and thought the plywood would have too many gaps to let drafts in. We debated whether to put down insulation first, as we hear it can get … Continue reading Putting Up the Dome: Part Three

Homeschool: Are We Doing the Right Thing?

I think all homeschoolers ask that question at one time or another. Sometimes, in my case, several times a day, as I wing my way through this great experiment on my kids, so inadequately called homeschooling. Then bam! Five-year-old Cece nonchalantly slips in some juicy vocab: "Giovanni, please don't utter another word." Or seven-year-old Giovanni … Continue reading Homeschool: Are We Doing the Right Thing?