What do the following have in common? 11 six- to eight-year-olds, Gladiator helmets, double chocolate cupcakes, and clay weapons They were all part of Zach’s 8th birthday WEAPONRY party today. We went back to the MFA with our resident cool guy artist.  He showed us blades from Africa, Samurai swords from Japan, Gladiator helmets from [Read More...]

True Believer

I wrote yesterday about the boys’ inability to keep secrets.  Their inability to keep anything to themselves means that I am VERY careful about what I say in front of them.  I don’t debrief the party with Jeff on the way home in the car.  I don’t have important phone conversations if they are within [Read More...]


Today is my birthday.  When I came down the stairs this morning, Zach was excited to give me my card and gift. (Ezra had gotten tired of waiting for me and was upstairs putting ridiculous amounts of wax in his hair because it was sticking up too much for his taste.) Zach thrust his card [Read More...]

A title-less post

I like writing when I have a theme of some kind, and I haven’t been inspired lately.  It’s hard to come up with five ideas per week.  I know that I don’t like the entry when I can’t think of a title – it means that I haven’t really written about anything.  So today, I’m [Read More...]

Faking It

“Your parents faked their way through it. You fake your way through it.  And you just hope they don’t turn out to be serial killers.” The source of this proverb?  Modern Family on ABC.  I may lose credibility with many of you by admitting that I love this show and that nearly ever week it [Read More...]


Last year, Zachary and Ezra were at the Amigos, a bilingual school where their teachers spoke only Spanish one week and only English the next.  It’s a remarkable school in many ways, and I wanted to keep up their Spanish this year so that they could back next year if we don’t keep homeschooling We [Read More...]


“I know what they’re going to do.  Again!” Zach, Ezra, and I were taking a break from school yesterday so that Zach could have his third bowl of cereal in two hours. I can’t tell if he is going through a growth spurt or just wants to limit the time we have for school.  In [Read More...]

A Quiz

Here’s a little quiz for the day.  (I know.  I said no testing.  But that’s for the boys, not the grown ups.) What do the following have in common: The Opium Wars, Kublai Khan, Marco Polo, silk production, The Boxer Rebellion, and the explanation of why the lights come on when you flip the switch. [Read More...]


Leaving behind the testing controversy, I write today about Reform #2: Management, not Discipline. My friend Kia, an education professor at Wheelock, recently said to the Sunday School teachers at our church, “If you’re thinking about discipline, it’s usually because you haven’t done a good job with management.  You’re not managing your classroom well, especially [Read More...]

Thoughts on testing…

The title would more aptly be A Lot of Thoughts on Testing.  Can’t help it.  The discussion over the past two days really has me thinking. In general, I think the primary reason for testing is to provide feedback.  How well is the student learning what you want him to learn?  How well is the [Read More...]