May 25 2006

FAQ

Tag:TechnoMom @ 2:07

Katie showed this blog to Malika, facil­i­ta­tor of the womyn’s writ­ers group, today. Malika sug­gested that we might want to add an FAQ, for those who aren’t famil­iar with home­school­ing. I’ve decided to start by updat­ing and mov­ing over the infor­ma­tion that was on my technomom.com site, so as to keep all the home­school­ing info in one place. The FAQ stuff will all be in one cat­e­gory, but we’ll also add some to the About page and make more pages to com­pile it all into one place.


May 25 2006

Writing Wednesday

Tag:TechnoMom @ 0:24

Today was the resched­uled date for Katie’s writ­ing group, so off we went to one of our favorite bookstores.

Unfor­tu­nately — due to the resched­ul­ing, I think — Katie was the only “mem­ber” who showed up. The group is just for high school “womyn,” and the only other per­son to attend was the facil­i­ta­tor. As it turns out, other peo­ple (not high school­ers) wan­dered in and out through­out the sched­uled time. I think the girl got a lot of atten­tion, which isn’t a bad thing at all. She missed see­ing her sis­ter writ­ers, though.

I hung out in the front of the store, stitch­ing. I was insanely early for a Stitch ‘n Bitch ses­sion sched­uled there for 7, but I got a good two hours of time in on the Fairy Tale Sam­pler, along with some good conversation.

The offi­cial SnB was the first they’ve hosted. I was a lit­tle uncer­tain about going, as the focus was clearly on knit­ting. I needn’t have wor­ried, as peo­ple were doing a vari­ety of needlework.

Katie wrapped up the lit­tle test piece she was knit­ting, but she ran out of yarn. She picked out her next piece, though, which will require a trip to Nease’s. Oh no! The horrors! ;-)

We got to edu­cate at least four dif­fer­ent peo­ple about home­school­ing, too, which was a bonus. Meet­ing Katie is the best answer there is to the “S ques­tion,” as she’s clearly not lack­ing in social skills. We def­i­nitely left peo­ple with good impressions.

I think I’ll go to their next adult women’s writer’s group, as well. It’s been so long since I’ve writ­ten any­thing but non-fiction that I feel a bit odd, but Katie is a good influence.


May 23 2006

Arguments against homeschooling — too sheltered?

Tag:TechnoMom @ 15:34

I’m not wor­ried about Katie being “too shel­tered,” although that’s one of the “dan­gers of home­school­ing” accord­ing to its oppo­nents. This study is some­thing to remem­ber the next time some­one brings up that old argument.

Peo­ple who have suf­fered life’s hard knocks while grow­ing up tend to be more gullible than those who have been more shel­tered, star­tling new find­ings from the Uni­ver­sity of Leices­ter reveal.

A six-month study in the University’s School of Psy­chol­ogy found that rather than ‘tough­en­ing up’ indi­vid­u­als, adverse expe­ri­ences in child­hood and ado­les­cence meant that these peo­ple were vul­ner­a­ble to being mislead.

The research analysing results from 60 par­tic­i­pants sug­gest that such peo­ple could, for exam­ple, be more open to sug­ges­tion in police inter­ro­ga­tions or to be influ­enced by the media or adver­tis­ing campaigns.

The study found that while some peo­ple may indeed become more ‘hard-nosed’ through adver­sity, the major­ity become less trust­ing of their own judgement.

From Sci­ence Daily via Omni­Brain.


May 23 2006

SciFri: Bionics & Tissue Engineering

Tag:ChatOmbre @ 12:42

I just lis­tened to this epid­sode of a pod­cast that I like a lot; Sci­ence Fri­day: Mak­ing Sci­ence Radioac­tive.

In this episode, sev­eral peo­ple are inter­viewed about things relat­ing to the topic. Here’s some of the things that they discuss:

  • A mile­stone in sci­ence: Blad­ders are grown in labs and then put into chil­dren who were born with blad­ders that didn’t work very well.
  • If and when we’ll be able to grow other body parts such as other organs, or even limbs.
  • How expen­sive this might be.
  • Mechan­i­cal hands, arms, and legs.
  • Mak­ing humans so that they could actu­ally regrow a lost limb, like crea­tures such as starfish are able to do.

It’s very inter­est­ing. Go check it out!


May 21 2006

Good homeschooling day

Tag:Cyn @ 22:16

Kata­rina went out with me and we drove around, tak­ing pic­tures of things.

OK, that sounds vague, but really, Kata­rina enjoys tak­ing pic­tures of things, and these things are highly ran­dom yet they all have cer­tain qualities:

  1. They’re fre­quently old, cracked, rusted, or broken/trashed
  2. They can be cast in some sort of jux­ta­po­si­tional light
  3. They are fre­quently inter­est­ing even when very close up to them

We had a long dis­cus­sion about gen­tri­fi­ca­tion and what that is after tak­ing pic­tures of some places that were being remod­eled and gen­tri­fied in par­tic­u­larly bad parts of town.

We had a lot of dis­cus­sion, as well, about economies, espe­cially the econ­omy of Sec­ond Life, and also the econ­omy of such vir­tual worlds as pre­sented in Cory Doctorow’s short story, Anda’s Game, which was read as part of the Podi­o­book “New Media Voices.”

All in all, it rocked the house.


May 13 2006

Hello, world!

Tag:TechnoMom @ 0:13

Finally! It’s only taken us about 4 months from the deci­sion to use a blog to keep up with what we’re doing in our home­school endeav­ors in a pub­lic way (for ben­e­fit of the rel­a­tives) to actu­ally get the site up!

Hap­pily, we hadn’t men­tioned that inten­tion to said rel­a­tives. So Hi, ya’ll! Looky here!

Unlike our other jour­nals, this is just about things we do specif­i­cally as home­school­ing. Katie, I, and Sam will all be post­ing here from time to time.