My daughter took the picture above when I was driving her to a doctor appointment last week. We've had some dramatic cloudscapes and even more dramatic rain stories here in Northern California. This week though, we had a respite from the rain and actually were able to go on bike rides to the park and work in the yard. Yay!
Valentine's Day was this week, of course. This year, we kept up the tradition we started a few years ago of staying home, dusting off the china, and making a nice steak dinner for the family.
We've been feeling February blahs big time this week, but we follow the local school schedule and take President's week off. Hopefully a little break helps. My son and I worked hard to get him through his current math unit on percentages so we wouldn't have a ten day break before finishing the unit.
This week I published a roundup of free eBooks from Amazon and I also wrote a review of the Writing and Rhetoric curriculum.
I read this article because I had just finished Tom Sawyer, but it ended up being about how our treatment of literature in education is changing.
This article about Play Deficit Disorder was fascinating. Play is important to the intellectual, emotional, and social development of kid, yet the average kid has less of it than ever before. I also noticed as a homeschool mom, the author's commentary on what a poor job schools are doing at socializing the kids who attend them. Ahem.
I finished A Man Called Ove this week and I highly recommend it to anyone who has a love for grumpy, old, European men. It's a cozy story about live, grief, and community.
Going further down, we find the puritans of every stripe who never hesitate to ban anything that risks corrupting the young or spoiling the state of contentment that seems to sustain the conventional mind. They are a lonely group nowadays, having once sat at Satan’s side, endowed with all the powers one would expect of the Generals of the Prince of Darkness. Never did they imagine the onset of a world in which no one would read long books with big words anymore. In this modern world, where literature is fading into oblivion, banning books is no longer necessary. No one cares to read them anyway. Furthermore, even the most vulgar books are works of angelic art compared to the words and deeds of modern men. Your modern book banner would have to ban tongues, institute a universal dress code and ban the Internet if he wanted to continue to ply his trade the old-fashioned way. Sadly, there is no more culture to protect against the likes of Mark Twain.
--Peter S Rieth, Tom Sawyer: Hero of Middle America?
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