#100HappyDays Day 19

No, I didn’t skip a day. There’s a reason I waited to post yesterday’s “happy”.

So, yesterday evening, I posted this on Facebook:

How to give yourself a heart attack in 3 easy steps:
1. Put the kettle on the stove.
2. Go downstairs.
3. Remember kettle 15 minutes later.

The good news is, I’m a dork, and after running upstairs, I discovered that I had the burner set on low, so the water was nowhere near boiling.

About 15 minutes after *that*, I went back upstairs to see this:

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Yep, I’d turned on the wrong burner. I couldn’t tell the first time I went to check because it was on low, and had cycled off while I was up there.

So my “happy” for yesterday is that I managed to get through the whole day without burning the house down. (I had to wait for the day to be over to be sure I could say that.)

Literary Addicts Weekly Meme – Do You Stop Reading When Tired or at Chapter Breaks?




The theme of this week is –

Do you stop reading when tired or at chapter breaks?

Join our group HERE to find out next week’s theme!

And the answer is: yes. LOL

I try very hard to stop at chapter breaks, just because I can’t stand to stop in the middle of a scene. But if I’m falling asleep, then I just have to stop where I am. I also read whenever I get a few minutes here and there, so sometimes I have to stop mid-scene just so I can get other things done. I don’t like it, though. *pout*

Homeschooling and the Internet

Kinderbach Review
Tell someone you’re a homeschooler, and the typical picture in their head is the kids sitting around the kitchen table with books, pencils, and papers strewn everywhere. There is probably still some of that around (though not in this house), but more and more, the kids are sitting in front of computers or using tablets.

My kids love books. It’s not uncommon for us to walk out of the library with 40-50 books, at least half of which are non-fiction. We live five minutes from the library, so this isn’t a once a month trip we’re talking about. But they also love their computers. I can’t say much as I spend at least half my day on the computer. Even before Facebook came on the scene.

For 4 1/2 years, we used an online virtual school for homeschooling. There were actual books involved as well, but most lessons were on the computer. We would still be using that if I hadn’t had serious issues with the policies of the school. Now we use Google and various computer-based learning programs that we get to try through The Old Schoolhouse Review Crew.

Currently, we’re still using IXL.com¬†(math) and Reading Kingdom¬†from last year’s reviews and Mango Languages, which I will feature in a review in a couple of weeks. We’re about to start Supercharged Science again, which we reviewed last year, and were fortunate enough to be chosen again for this year. As you can see, from just a few examples, pretty much any subject can be covered online.

Even if you don’t like formal curriculum or programs, the internet holds a wealth of information. Use wikipedia at your own risk, but sites like¬†www.nationalgeographic.com¬†and .gov and .edu sites are generally (relatively) reliable sources of information. Kahn Academy is a great free resource for learning math without a curriculum. If you have high school students (or even a bored adult sitting around…),¬†Coursera will help you find free courses from universities around the country.

Books are fabulous, and we certainly haven’t abandoned them, but computers can give you instant feedback and interaction that you can’t get from books. If the internet disappeared tomorrow, we would definitely miss more than email.

See what other homeschoolers have to say about technology in their homeschool. (Live 2/26)