Distress Calls

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Ozzy forgot to grab the keys on his way to take out the garbage, and the goblins got stuck in the garage. I went out on the landing to see what was taking so long, and found him standing at the rail, waving a white paper flag. Bonus points for creativity.

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The Goblins’ First Dinner

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The goblins have been dying to learn to cook, and last night they made their very first meal. They used the Julia Child cookbook I inherited from a very dear family friend who passed away last year to learn to roast a chicken and broil tomatoes. I helped only with moving the chicken in and out of the oven; the rest was all them. Today, they’ll learn to make bone broth with the leftovers.

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Fourth Grade

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A note on grade levels: The goblins tend to work ahead of their age-defined grade levels (the ones they would be in if they were in school), and in fact, as of this writing, Oscar is actually about to begin his official third grade year, and Sofie her second. For the purposes of recommending curriculum, however, I’ve grouped the curricula we used by skill level.

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Third Grade

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A note on grade levels: The goblins tend to work ahead of their age-defined grade levels (the ones they would be in if they were in school), and both were finished with these materials before their actual third grade years (as of this writing Oscar actually begins third grade, and Sofie second, this week). For the purposes of recommending curriculum, however, I’ve grouped the curricula we used by skill level.

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Navigating Gender Roles in Literature

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We’re fairly liberal with regard to what the goblins are allowed to read, so when Ozzy asked recently about reading some of the original Conan books by Robert E. Howard, I was mostly inclined to agree to it. My only hesitation, just a little one, was that one of the main components of any such story is the swooning, helpless (or bewitching) damsel in distress (or adversary (or possibly both)). I think The Oz has a fairly solid grounding in respect for women and all that, but he’s still a seven year-old child. So I’ve decided he can read them after we talk about the following points:
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Week in Review–February 4, 2012

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We’re now at the end of the fourth week of the winter quarter at the university and have settled into the new routine, though I’ve now added a new job to my list: I’m student teaching math to fifth-graders from extremely low-income and otherwise unfortunate/tragic family backgrounds. It’s a very different experience from homeschooling, obviously, but the pedagogical tools and the variety of mathematical approaches I’ve learned from homeschooling have been absolutely invaluable. I’ve worked with two small groups of students, one at the just-below-average skill point and one well-below-average, and covered different topics with each.

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