Homeschooling Tip of the Day

Mrs. G. and her family are currently working their way through this HBO mini-series and, reader, they are all hooked. Do you now how hard it is to find something that everyone in the family is clamoring to watch?

Anyway, rent it, it's incredible. Tonight, the G's start part IV.


Homeschooling Tip of the Day

Do you know about this little gem of a classic? You should.



This is where you come when you want a slice of Mancake with your coffee...

Speaking of passion, Mrs. G. is pretty sure she had way too much of this guy's poetry on her fridge door when she was dating Mr. G.

She walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that's best of dark and bright
Meet in her aspect and her eyes:
Thus mellow'd to that tender light
Which heaven to gaudy day denies.
One shade the more, one ray the less,

Had half impair'd the nameless grace
Which waves in every raven tress,
Or softly lightens o'er her face;
Where thoughts serenely sweet express
How pure, how dear their dwelling place.
And on that cheek, and o'er that brow,

So soft, so calm, yet eloquent,
The smiles that win, the tints that glow,
But tell of days in goodness spent,
A mind at peace with all below,
A heart whose love is innocent!

Lord George Gordon Byron, 1788-1824


Homeschooling Tip of the Day


Mrs. G. mentioned yesterday that her family does a lot of kitchen schooling. How about a lesson today on the best peach cobbler on the planet? You can cover math (measuring & fractions), art (color and texture), symbolism, metaphors, geography and good eating.

Good Peach Cobbler
6 large peaches, cut into thin wedges
1/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon cornstarch
For biscuit topping
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 stick cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1/4 cup boiling water

Preheat oven to 425°F.

Toss peaches with sugar, lemon juice, and cornstarch in a 2-qt. nonreactive baking dish and bake in middle of oven 10 minutes.

Make topping while peaches bake:Stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Blend in butter with your fingertips or a pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse meal. Stir in water until just combined.

Remove peaches from oven and drop spoonfuls of topping over them. Bake in middle of oven until topping is golden, about 25 minutes. (Topping will spread as it bakes.)

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Homeschooling Tip of the Day

Both Mrs. G's kids really liked the True Book geography series. Mrs. G. bought them all and has packed then up to save for her grandchildren or change-0f-life baby. She never wants to part with them.

These books are full of good information, but not too overwhelming like many geography books for children can be. The pages aren't too busy...

and the pictures are gorgeous.

Mrs. G's kids would read one every couple of weeks, and they would subsidize and enrich the information by studying maps or watching a related movie or documentary. They never passed up an opportunity to cook at least dish from each country's cuisine. The G's did a lot of schooling in the kitchen. Actually, they still do.


Homeschooling Tip of the Day

Mrs. G's son decided he wanted a straight forward curriculum this year. Unlike Mrs. G's daughter, he likes everything laid out in black and white-he's not much into surprises or spontaneity. He's going to give this one a shot. Mrs. G. will let you know how it goes.
She bought the 8th grade curriculum for $175 on Ebay.


Homeschooling Tip of the Day

Mrs. G. begins teaching nine literature and writing classes September 2nd. She is reading this book for her grades 9-11 Great Books class. She finished it last night, and she isn't exaggerating when she tells you it blew her away.


Homeschooling Tip of the Day

Mrs. G. is looking forward to building this Eames House of Cards with her son. On those days they feel worn out and brain dead, games and puzzles are just the ticket.