Category Archives: Science

Space is big

We have been studying astronomy this semester. A lot of what we have been looking at has been inside the solar system. Brief descriptions of the planets, the nature of eclipses, seasons, moon phases, that style of thing. One thing … Continue reading

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Herbalist

In a previous career, I spent several years and extreme amounts of effort studying and practicing as a herbalist. I enjoyed herbalism immensely, and if it payed the bills, I would probably still be doing it. With this background in … Continue reading

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Tree of life

Over the last few weeks, we have been classifying things in our science lessons. We have been doing quite a lot of collecting things, and then breaking them into groups. We have classified rocks, plants, and random stuff we have … Continue reading

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Flying fox

It is summer here at the moment, and in northern NSW, we have all just had to endure another heatwave. With another three months of this weather to go, I am just not sure how many more of these summers … Continue reading

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The immensity of time

We have been looking a fair bit at the history of early people lately. We took a bit of a stab at early cultures in and around the fertile crescent, but it was not a great success. I decided to … Continue reading

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The catapult

After a week of heavy rains, he had cabin fever. The day lurched along in a not very productive fashion, and then stopped. Lessons were clearly over. I acquiesced, and we settled in to play with Lego. Inspired by a … Continue reading

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Playing with fire

Shortly before we started homeschooling, I asked my boy what sort of things he would like to learn about. First on the list was lighting a match. It seems that all kids have a fascination with fire. According to our … Continue reading

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Lembas bread

The Lord of the Rings features pretty large at our house. We have watched the movies countless times, and have just finished reading the graphic novel version of The Hobbit again. My eldest boy draws lots of Orthanc like towers … Continue reading

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Up the creek

My wife is planning a career change, and as part of this, she is studying to get her next degree online. She has set up a small room as a study, and often works from there. One of the things … Continue reading

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It’s not part of the syllabus

I found myself having a barely restrained argument earlier in the year. A retired school teacher was standing in my kitchen, and we had just gotten onto the subject of cuisinaire rods. I had just been showing off the new … Continue reading

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