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    "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

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Surfacing, briefly

It’s been a busy week or so around here, which is why blogging has been sparse.  I even missed Poetry Friday.  But the upstairs bathroom is done (I’ll post a photo of the grouted palm tree, which is lovely), and Tom has been getting ready to start the new windows project in the master bedroom, which means moving most of the bedroom into the living room, since the wall with the windows — which is right by the bed — is going to be bumped out a bit.

Adding to the general busy-ness and excitement, the boys were in the Missoula Children’s Theater intense/intensive one-week production of The Pied Piper, which meant two-hour rehearsals every day for Davy (a rat) and four-hour rehearsals for Daniel (a town child); if you want to know more about Missoula’s program, see if you can find the new documentary, The Little Red Truck.  And Laura had her 4H district public speaking, which went well (the speech better than impromptu, which gives her something to work on for next year); oh, and she somehow left districts with a job offer for next weekend, assisting a local caterer who is impressed by her cheerful enthusiasm and willingness to work hard.  We left home at noon yesterday, not to return until 9:30 pm, and on Tuesday we made two trips in 12 hours to the little city down the highway for grout (because the first tub was dried out and hard).  Things could have been even crazier this week had Laura decided to do both 4H districts and The Pied Piper, but fortunately one of the things she’s learning, in addition to oratory, is limits.

We’ve managed to fit some schooling around the edges, mostly arithmetic (plus multiplication quizzes, and also spelling bees, in the truck on the way to Home Depot) and continuing readings and discussions about Henry David Thoreau, or just plain Henry, as Davy calls him; that Thoreau has somehow turned into a children’s picture book cottage industry is a marvel.  I’ll probably have a post on this, with a list of books and also a bit of our conversations and how the kids made connections from Thoreau to slavery (which we are reading about again and more deeply before heading toward our study of the Civil War); our own remodeling and Dad’s carpentry business; money, shopping, living frugally, and keeping up with the Joneses; and tomorrow’s provincial election, the Alberta oil sands, and the pillaging nature.  And the connections between the connections (living frugally and remodeling, living frugally vs. pillaging nature, slavery to keeping up with the Joneses).

I don’t think that I’m back to blogging regularly, and make no promises for Poetry Friday this week, but I’m not underneath a snowdrift either…

2 Responses

  1. Funny we were talking about the tar sands just yesterday. I think we talked about carbon tax and joked that Alberta will be next but they’ll invest it all in the tar sands. :-)

    Also, apparently, we have invested more in the tar sands than in the whole of the manufacturing sector in this country. Shocking.

  2. Missoula Children’s Theatre!! I played the Cat (sidekick of the Fox) in their production of Pinocchio in Denver in, gosh, 1986 I think it would have been? Oh, what great memories. The next year I was a counselor at their two-week theater camp in Missoula. Fun fun fun.

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