• About Farm School

    "There are obviously two educations. One should teach us how to make a living and the other how to live."
    James Adams, from his essay "To 'Be' or to 'Do': A Note on American Education", 1929

    We're a Canadian family of five, farming, home schooling, and building our own house. I'm nowhere near as regular a blogger as I used to be.

    The kids are 18/Grade 12, 16/Grade 11, and 14/Grade 10.

    Contact me at becky(dot)farmschool(at)gmail(dot)com

  • Notable Quotables

    "If you want a golden rule that will fit everybody, this is it: Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful."
    William Morris, from his lecture "The Beauty of Life"

    "‘Never look at an ugly thing twice. It is fatally easy to get accustomed to corrupting influences."
    English architect CFA Voysey (1857-1941)

    "The world of books is the most remarkable creation of man. Nothing else that he builds ever lasts. Monuments fall, nations perish, civilizations grow old and die out; and, after an era of darkness, new races build others. But in the world of books are volumes that have seen this happen again and again, and yet live on, still young, still as fresh as the day they were written, still telling men’s hearts of the hearts of men centuries dead."
    Clarence Day

    "Anyone who has a library and a garden wants for nothing."

    "Histories make men wise; poets, witty; the mathematics, subtile; natural philosophy, deep; moral, grave; logic and rhetoric, able to contend."
    Sir Francis Bacon, "Essays"

    "The chief aim of education is to show you, after you make a livelihood, how to enjoy living; and you can live longest and best and most rewardingly by attaining and preserving the happiness of learning."
    Gilbert Highet, "The Immortal Profession: The Joys of Teaching and Learning"

    "Good judgment comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgment."
    Walter Wriston

    "I'd like to give you a piece of my mind."
    "Oh, I couldn't take the last piece."
    Ginger Rogers to Frances Mercer in "Vivacious Lady" (1938)

    "No race can prosper till it learns that there is as much dignity in tilling a field as in writing a poem."
    Booker T. Washington

    "Please accept my resignation. I don’t care to belong to any club that will have me as a member."
    Attributed to Groucho Marx in "The Groucho Letters" by Arthur Sheekman

    "If you can't say something good about someone, sit right here by me."
    Alice Roosevelt Longworth

    "If we bring a little joy into your humdrum lives, we feel all our hard work ain't been in vain for nothin'."
    Jean Hagen as "Lina Lamont" in "Singin' in the Rain" (1952)
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The February Carnival of Children’s Literature is up, and Anastasia Suen at Picture Book of the Day is hosting.

I missed last week’s Poetry Friday, which was hosted by Kelly Fineman at Writing and Ruminating.

The February edition of the online children’s literature monthly, The Edge of the Forest, is up, and includes reviews as well as such goodies as an article on Graphic Novels: A Gateway to a New World by Kelly Fineman (including some of the Beowulf titles I mentioned here the other month); a profile of illustrator Sylvia Long (An Egg Is Quiet, A Seed Is Sleepy) by Kris Bordessa; a new column by children’s author Candice Ransom (whose Time Spies series is very popular around here).

Learn to speak a foreign language like a native speaker, without leaving home; article from The New York Times.

Via Papercraft World, Papercraft DNA at this Japanese site. Which goes well with what Cami and the kids are learning over at Full Circle.

Old favorites from the blogroll at nifty new homes:
JoVE at Tricotomania and more
Doc’s Sunrise Rants
Yellow House Homeschool

Via Melissa Wiley at Here in the Bonny Glen, from her Saturday links: A CBS News article on learning to see with a Harvard professor,

It’s all part of [Professor John] Stilgoe’s scheme to instill in his students the power of discovery and deduction – to notice unseen things that tell them what’s really going on.

All you have to do is go outside, move deliberately, and relax. Do not jog. Forget about weight reduction and blood pressure, and look around.

Chris Barton at Bartography, children’s author and homeschool father, has news about a new picture book biography about Vivaldi — I, Vivaldi by Janice Shefelman, illustrated by Tom Shefelman.

Classical School Blog‘s post on Latin Mnemonics, Flashcards, and the National Latin Exam. Thanks to the Eide family for what look like some very useful resources.

Writer and home schooling mother Kris Bordessa (who’s mentioned above for The Edge of the Forest) at Paradise Found mentions some nifty links in a recent post, especially the free historical paper dolls.

Geekdad links:
*Updated planet mnemonics, thanks to a 10-year-old girl
*Chickensaurus skeleton, when you’re ready to move on after the mummified chicken; I remember at the beginning of our home school adventure reading about Make Your Own Dinosaur Out of Chicken Bones by Canadian paleontogist Chris McGowan (a curator at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto); Dr. McGowan has a different version of the book, called T-Rex to Go: Build Your Own from Chicken Bones (ignore the goofy Amazon price and try abebooks instead).

A tasty, handy idea for a busy, still-wintery week: Baking Bite‘s Slow Cook French Dip Sandwich

I’m nowhere near caught up, but at least it’s a start!


One Response

  1. Becky, thanks for keeping the word going around about the Shefelmans’ book. And now’s as good a time as any to bring up Tom Shefelman’s homeschool-friendliness — about a year ago, he gave then-8-year-old-S a guided and quite detailed tour of his architectural office, with a freshly printed blueprint as a souvenir. What a treat!

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