Letters and Numbers

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

During J's nap today, M and I did some learning time. We went to IXL Math and worked on identifying types of coins, while we had the quarters, dimes, nickels and pennies in front of us to better visualize the coins. Then we moved on to counting various shapes up to 20. It's such a great math program, segmented by grade level.

Moving on, we printed out some ABC tracing pages and practiced tracing letters with our pencils.

Saving Schools

Monday, July 12, 2010

I finished an outstanding book called, Saving Schools: From Horace Mann to Virtual Learning, by Paul Peterson, Professor at Harvard's Kennedy School. It was a fascinating read and provides further evidence that the only way to secure our children's, and our country's future, is to accelerate the advent of choice, competition and decentralization in public education. Professor Peterson also touches on homeschooling as the ultimate in parental choice. He is the editor of Education Next.

Interestingly, Peterson discusses in the book how Horace Mann, considered the founder of universal public education mainly to "civilize" the poor Irish immigrants to Boston in the early 1800s, homeschooled his own children...