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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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    Sir Francis Bacon, "Essays"

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    Ginger Rogers to Frances Mercer in "Vivacious Lady" (1938)

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    Alice Roosevelt Longworth

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    Jean Hagen as "Lina Lamont" in "Singin' in the Rain" (1952)
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World Science Festival street fair

Even if you’ve been in NYC and haven’t been able to attend any sessions at the World Science Festival, if you happen to find yourself in the neighborhood of Washington Square Park tomorrow between 10 am and 6 pm, head over to the free WSF street fair.  From the email notice I received this morning:

The Washington Square Park area is transformed into a science wonderland when the World Science Festival Youth and Family Street Fair returns to New York City. This year’s extravaganza will feature a non-stop program of interactive exhibits, experiments, games, and shows designed to entertain and inspire. Join us for a full day of free family fun. A sampling of the day’s events include:

– The Math Midway
–  Discovery Labs
–  The CSI Experience™ at the World Science Festival
–  Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory’s Harlem DNA Lab
–  The Bio Bus
–  Central Park Zoo’s Wildlife Adventure
–  Franklin Institute Traveling Scientists
–  NY Hall of Science
–  Math for America
–  Cooper Union’s Formula SAE Racing
–  Philadelphia Zoo on Wheels
–  New York City/ New Jersey FIRST Robotics
–  PBS Kids

Also tomorrow at the WSF, and also free and for families (first come, first served, so arrive early), are the following events:

“Galileo: The Starry Messenger”

“Author’s Corner” for adults and children, with readings, presentations, discussions, activities, book signings, and books for sale; some of the children’s authors in the corner tomorrow will be Deborah Heiligman, author of Charles and Emma: The Darwins’ Leap of Faith; Brian Floca, author of Moonshot; science teacher Mary Stetten Carson, author of Let’s Play Science and the out-of-print The Scientific Kid.

“Surfing the Solar System” with Lucy Hawking, daughter of Stephen and co-author of George’s Secret Key to the Universe

“Move Speak Spin”, an afternoon of mathematical dance

“BioBlitzing the Planet”, with E.O. Wilson (did I mention that this is FREE?)

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