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Comment on Getting Your Family to Eat More Vegetables by Helen

Tue, 28 Jan 2014 21:58:48 +0000

I love the idea of roasting all of vegetables for the week at time. I'm going to do this. I read French Kids Eat Everything in December and thought it was amazing. I had been stuck in a cooking rut but the book inspired me to cook a more varied menu. I also implemented the no snacking thing for the kids which has been really wonderful.

Comment on 5 Ways to Stay Healthy in Cold Weather by amanda

Thu, 09 Jan 2014 23:41:56 +0000

Brandy, I add the berries (and usually apples and more pumpkin pie-type of spices) into the slowcooker when I add the rice and liquid. That way the berries are soft in the morning. My kids far prefer them that way. In terms of dried fruit, it is more easily assimilated when rehydrated, especially for Vata types. They are considered drying and Spleen tonifying (due to the sweetness) in small amounts. They are Spleen compromising in large amounts.

Comment on 5 Ways to Stay Healthy in Cold Weather by Brandy

Thu, 09 Jan 2014 22:24:05 +0000

Great tips! Thanks! For the congee, when would one add the berries (or other fruit)? When the rice and liquid are placed in the slow cooker, or in the morning, when it is ready? And, how do dried fruits fit into the mix. Would they be better/worse/similar to cooked fruits, in a warming sense, or best avoided for other reasons?

Comment on Glorious summer! by amanda

Thu, 10 Oct 2013 01:25:36 +0000

We bought ours from Amazon. The text link should take you right there. My kids are still playing with it nearly every day. They absolutely love it.

Comment on Glorious summer! by Heather

Wed, 09 Oct 2013 21:31:27 +0000

Where did you find the bird bingo game? We would love to get one of those. We have Bug Bingo and it gets a lot of use :)

Comment on Glorious summer! by Lori

Sun, 23 Jun 2013 22:34:33 +0000

your summer already looks beautiful! :) can’t wait to see what the kids produce — maybe you’ll want to share some things on our kid-diirected project blog PBH Kids :) thank you so much for the kind words re: the pbh book & my site — and yay about being in the class! :D

Comment on Growing my craft by Suzanne

Mon, 08 Apr 2013 17:17:11 +0000

The colors are just INCREDIBLE!

Comment on The End of Sex by Lisa

Tue, 26 Feb 2013 18:01:41 +0000

As someone who's been teaching college students since the mid-90s, I haven't seen the culture shift much at all. Unsurprisingly, there is a sizable contingent of students who continue to drink and party heavily, which tends to lead to poor choices. This is particularly true at large state schools and any school where the parent has the money to foot the bill (and thus, the student doesn't feel a whole lot of responsibility when it comes to say, passing classes or graduating right away). However, compare that to what we saw in the 1960s and '70s ("Love the One You're With," anyone?), or the '80s, or the '90s and it seems there has been a pretty regular pattern involving young people, alcohol and drugs and casual sex. There has also been a regular pattern of students who come to college seeking a degree and a mate. They come to class, study hard, often work part- or full-time jobs and aren't drinking heavily or sleeping around. I'm surprised the author wasn't able to find these students, but perhaps it would have meant she would have had to go to the library where students were studying rather than the parties where they weren't? (In fairness, I haven't read the book but I find her conclusions to be vastly removed from my own experiences as a university professor or for that matter, as a university student.) I greatly question her sample size. Why are there no private Protestant institutions included? Catholics and evangelicals are only part of the religious spectrum. Also, are community colleges included? Or universities with commuter campuses? The problem might lie in the assumption that there is one dominant culture that students need to "opt-out" of, when in fact there have also always been a number of cultures in high school and college. Yes, there are the jocks, the nerds, the ones who are just keeping their heads down and getting their degree so they can live their life, the frat boys and sorority sisters, and the ones who just want to party. As a proud member of the nerds, I never felt like I was opting-out of anything. Yes, I knew where the parties were, both as an undergrad and in grad school. I had no interest in parties (or sororities) and for that matter no time owing to a continuous overload of classes and part-time jobs. Neither did my friends. And that's the crux of it: when all your friends are the kind who are more focused on their work and whose "light" reading consists of scholarly books in the subject they are interested in (think Hermione in the Harry Potter series), hook-up culture and party culture and jock culture don't exist. You don't know anyone there and you have no interest. I'm not saying it doesn't exist, but merely pointing out that it's something that's existed for a long time and is not much more pervasive than it was 50 years ago. The opportunity to drink and party one's way through college is reserved for those whose parents can afford to pay for 5 or 6 years, not for those students who have to hold down jobs and keep their grades up so they won't lose their financial aid--and that is the reality that more college students than not find themselves in these days.

Comment on Socialization by Lisa

Fri, 30 Nov 2012 23:33:12 +0000

I read this a year or 2 ago and appreciated it. You all prlabboy will too.Probably every homeschooling parent has heard, But what about their socialization? at some point. It's really a silly question when you think about it, and I think the following story puts socialization is the proper light. I found this on another woman's blog, but the author is unknown.Two women meet at a playground where their children are swinging and playing ball. The women are sitting on a bench watching and eventually begin to talk.Woman #1: Hi, my name's Maggie. Those are my three kids in the red shirts it helps me keep track of them.Woman #2: I'm Patty. Mine are in pink and yellow. Do you come here alot?W#1: Usually two or three times in a week, after we go to the library.W#2: Wow! Where do you find the time?W#1: We homeschool, so we do it during our day most of the time.W#2: Some of my neighbours homeschool, but my kids go to public school.W#1: How do you do it?W#2: It isn't easy. I go to alot of PTA meetings and work with the kids everyday after school and stay really involved.W#1: Don't you worry about socialization? Aren't you worried about them being cooped up all the time with kids their own age? What if they never get the opportunity for natural relationships?W#2: Well, I work hard to balance that. They have some friends who are homeschooled and we try to visit their grandparents once a month.W#1: Sounds like you are a very dedicated mom. But don't you worry about the opportunities they're missing out on? I mean they're so isolated from real life. How will they learn what the real world is like what people do to make a living how to get along with all different kinds of people?W#2: Oh, we discussed that at the PTA, and we started a fund to bring real people into the classrooms. Last month, we had a policeman and a doctor come in to talk to every class. And next month, we're having a woman from Japan and man from Kenya come to speak.W#1: Oh, we met a man from Japan in the grocery store the other week, and he got to talking about his childhood in Tokyo. My kids were absolutely fascinated. We invited him to dinner and got to meet his wife and their three children.W#2: That's nice. Hmmm. maybe we should plan some Japanese food for the lunchroom on Multicultural Day.W#1: Maybe your Japanese guest could eat with the children?W#2: Oh, no. She's on a very tight schedule. She has two other schools to visit that day. It's a system wide thing we're doing.W#1: Oh, well maybe you'll meet someone at the grocery store sometime and be able to invite them to dinner.W#2: I don't think that is likely. I don't talk to people in the grocery store certainly not people who might not speak my language. What if that Japanese man you met hadn't spoken English?W#1: Well, I never had time to think about. Before I even saw him, my 6 year old had already asked him what he was going to do with all the oranges he was buying.W#2: You let your children talk to strangers?W#1: I was right there with him. He knows that as long as he is with me, he may speak to anyone he wishes.W#2: But you're developing dangerous habits with him. My children never talk to strangers.W#1: Even if you're there with them?W#2: They're never with me. Except at home after school. So you see why it's so important for them to understand that talking to strangers is a no-no.W#1: Well, yes. But if they are with you, they could get to meet interesting people and still be safe. They'd get a taste of the real world, in real settings. They'd also get a real feel for how to tell when a situation is dangerous or suspicious.W#2: They'll get all that in the third and fifth grades of their health courses.W#1: Well, I can tell you're a very caring mo[...]

Comment on A month into our new school year and loving it by Heather Baskall

Fri, 05 Oct 2012 18:26:44 +0000

We are (loosely) doing Learning Adventures unit study this year. Also adding in Saxon Math, handwriting, maps and geography, biology (for my oldest), piano, typing, and knitting. They also attend an enrichment program (Options) where they have cooking, theater, robotics, and other classes. You sound like you have a great year ahead of you guys! Hunter still talks about Matt :)