Archive for the 'Education' Category

Building With Stories and Tools

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

Introducing the Cat Walker, designed and created by Claire. It was engineered to exercise a cat while transporting other beings. (In this case, it’s Benjamin Cranklin the Cat hauling two Katinka the Dolphin Ballerinas.) She made this using her GoldieBlox toys. The field of engineering consists roughly of 13 % women and 87% men. A […]

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Some Things Dinosaur

Monday, January 13th, 2014

Claire’s class sends home book biweekly. Students are to read it and make a project to show and tell to the class. This week was Bones, Bones, Dinosaur Bones by Byron Barton. She wanted to make fossils, and so we dug up some toys, mixed salt dough, and made some. Dinosaurs are a beloved topic […]

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Writing Tip

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

I get stuck in vocabulary ruts, and sometimes I need visual reminders of how to escape. I found this tip helpful and plan to keep it handy: 45 Ways to Avoid Using the Word Very

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Thursday, August 15th, 2013

Some more thoughts from my last post — a little progress report. I met with the director of volunteers at the Hospice of the Valley. I came away with an internal tension. One one end, I feel the calling to work the the dying and the grieving. On the other is the rest of my […]

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Day In Day Out

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

I wish my blog were famous and had millions of readers so this video could reach many, many people. If the video doesn’t show/play then click to watch it here. I’ve not read any of David Foster Wallace’s books, but hearing this speech I can’t help but wish he was still alive.

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How Much Would You Pay for the Universe?

Friday, October 19th, 2012

If embedding isn’t working, view it here. I worry he is right. Don’t let him be right in this.

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Saturday, August 11th, 2012

“A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it.” -John Steinbeck Been on the road and in the air a bunch this summer. School starts for Claire on August 20. Kindergarten, all day, everyday. A big journey ahead!

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Spell Me

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

Haven’t provided a photo of my dear girl in awhile. As I cooked dinner (homemade corned beef hash), she played spelling with magnets. She wrote “Stella Bella the Cat” but didn’t have enough letters; “D” substituted for “THE” and the “J” had to stand in for letter “L” — cute!

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Zen Life Kit

Monday, January 30th, 2012

Below is the description of the Harper Family’s donation to the Wilson preschool fundraiser. More information about this is coming, including other prizes and ticket availability. I’m just sharing this in case you’d like to buy tickets when available ($1.00 each). Zen Life Kit Thereā€™s a lot of talk about Zen these days, but not […]

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Tell Me About Despair, Yours

Friday, January 27th, 2012

As Claire gets older and encounters the world, I find myself thinking that I need an exorcism of my past. That sounds drastic, yes? Claire displays an intensity and sensitivity that I recognize. I observe how she interacts with kids at school, and I feel painful echoes. I want so much not to project my […]

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The Hundred Languages of Children

Friday, January 27th, 2012

The child is made of one hundred. The child has a hundred languages, a hundred hands, a hundred thoughts, a hundred ways of thinking, of playing, of speaking. A hundred, always a hundred, ways of listening, of marveling, of loving, a hundred joys for singing and understanding, a hundred worlds to discover, a hundred worlds […]

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On Nature

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

We live in a world where volcanoes have feet and personalities, mold grows in families and the members have names, and the Crab Nebula — where Claire wants to go — is also named Lily and is very friendly. Did you know that there are blue volcanoes that produce blue lava, and that blue lava […]

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Extemporaneous Singing

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

I overheard Claire singing a made-up tune while she was looking at the Olivia book while on the potty. I took notes. Sometimes it even rhymes! The stanza breaks are mine based on when I heard her pause. My Sunshine Girl is not only a scientist, but also a lyricist and composer! I can hardly […]

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The Queendom of Teeny-Tiny

Monday, August 8th, 2011

In the past couple of months, Claire has fallen in love with teeny tiny toys. Miniature dolls — Lalaloopsy, Strawberry Shortcake, Squinkies (OMG Squinkies!!!), and miniature accessories are the rage. For example, I came across this flower fairy tea party set up on the sofa in Daddy’s spot this afternoon. Here is Claire playing: This […]

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More Summer Fun

Monday, August 8th, 2011

We’ve been busy climbing and splashing and creating! Claire had a total of three weeks of swimming lessons. She is still shy about getting her face in the water and going under water, but she had a blast with her teachers. She very specifically insisted on lady teachers “because they are more gentle.” (She had […]

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