Nothing To Say, From Africa

I’m sitting in a hostel lobby in Accra, Ghana, trying to figure out what to say.  It shouldn’t be hard, really. We’re on an extreme field trip of sorts – here to see the Asante king in a parade next week, after having studied the Asante kingdom with our homeschool group last semester. This is [Read More…]

Let Them Eat Pi

Pi day isn’t just for nerds. Kids love to discover pi for themselves. And eating pie isn’t half bad either!
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Days 15 & 20: This Is What Science Looks Like

science, homeschool, inclined planes, simple machines, mucking around, how things work [Read more…]

The Poor Will Be With You Always: A Lenten Reflection

I kept hearing the words of Jesus. “The poor will be with you always.”

What a drag. Because, if you know any poor people, you’ll know that they are annoying. They lie – to you and to themselves. They keep making the same stupid mistakes over and over again. Like buying cigarettes instead of medicine. Or watching season three of The Good Wife instead of getting her taxes done.

Oh wait, that’s me. [Read more…]

Day 14: Just Do SOMETHING

After waiting several seconds for the kids to guess how he had done the card trick, Professor Francis Su, a friend of ours and the President of the Mathematical Association of American, said, “When you don’t know the answer, when you aren’t sure what to do, do SOMETHING.  If you do nothing, you’re never going [Read More…]

Day 13: Celebration

After sharing for a bit, we sat for a moment in silent gratitude for the kingdoms of ancient Africa, for the work of Dr. King and others who gave up their lives for justice and peace, for the parents who make our class possible, and for the kids who worked so hard to make the day possible. And then we ate. [Read more…]

Day 12: Stepping Back In Time: Living History Museums

For many kids, there is a kind of longing evoked by experiencing a time when you could make something beautiful and useful, and understand all of the technology you are using to make it. When you gathered the clay yourself, built many of the tools you used yourself, built the kiln yourself, and shaped, glazed, and fired every piece yourself. It’s a way of appreciating resources and work that is hard to capture today, when so much, even what we think of as raw materials, just show up on the FedEx truck two days after we click a button on the Amazon site. [Read more…]