Category Archives: Homeschooling

It’s just a little bit of Poop.

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The other day my daughter was asking me about playing with some kids down the street. I remember that one of the kids was mean to her. So I used the following story to talk about being around a group with “just ONE” of anything. It worked and she realized that even just a little bit of poop can spoil the whole batch. Next time you have an issue like this give this a try.

A father of some teenage children had the family rule that they could not attend “R” rated movies. His three teens wanted to see a particular popular
movie that was playing at local theaters. It was  rated  “R.” The teens interviewed friends and even some members of their family’s church
to find out what was offensive in the movie. The teens made a list of pros and cons about the movie to use to convince their dad that they should be
allowed to see it.

The con’s were that it contained ONLY 3 swear words, the ONLY violence was a building exploding (and you see that on TV all the time they said), and you
actually did not “see” the couple in the movie having sex it was just implied sex, off camera.

The pros were that it was a popular movie – a blockbuster. Everyone was seeing it. If the teens saw the movie then they would not feel left out when
their friends discussed it. The movie contained a  good story and plot. It had some great adventure and suspense in it. There were some fantastic
special effects in this movie. The movie’s stars  were some of the most talented actors in Hollywood. It probably would be nominated for several
awards. Many of the members of their Christian church had even seen the movie and said it wasn’t “very bad”. Therefore, since there were more pros
than cons the teens said they were asking their father to reconsider his position on just this ONE movie and let them have permission to go see it.

The father looked at the list and thought for a few minutes. He said he could tell his children had spent some time and thought on this request. He
asked if he could have a day to think about before making  his decision. The teens were thrilled thinking; “Now we’ve got him! Our argument is too good!
Dad can’t turn us down!” So, they happily agreed to let him have a day to think about their request.

The next evening the father called in his three teenagers, who were smiling smugly, into the living room. There on the coffee table he had a plate of
brownies. The teens were puzzled. The father told his children he had thought about their request and had decided that if they would eat a brownie
then he would let them go to the movie. But just like the movie, the brownies had pros and cons.

The pros were that they were made with the finest chocolate and other good ingredients. They had the added special effect of yummy walnuts in them. The
brownies were moist and fresh with wonderful chocolate frosting on top. He had made these fantastic brownies using  an award-winning recipe. And best
of all, the brownies had been made lovingly by the hand of their own father.

The brownies only had one con. He had included a little bit of a special ingredient. The brownies also contained just a little bit of dog poop. But
he had mixed the dough well – they probably would not even be able to taste the dog poop and he had baked it at 350 degrees so any bacteria or germs
from the dog poop had probably been destroyed.

Therefore, if any of his children could stand to eat the brownies which included just a “little bit of crap” and not be effected by it, then he knew
they would also be able to see the movie with “just  a little bit of smut” and not be effected.
Of course, none of the teens would eat the brownies and the smug smiles had left their faces. Only Dad was smiling smugly as they left the room.
Now when his teenagers ask permission to do something he is opposed to the father just asks,

“Would you like me to whip up a batch  of my special brownies?”

Making Block type with a Potato -Homeschooling Project-

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Today as Monty Python would say “and now for something completely different”

After a week of activism, blogging and such I decided to teach my daughter how to make block print out of potatoes as a bit of homeschooling work.

To do this you need the following items.

  1. A Potato
  2. Food Coloring
  3. Knife -very sharp
  4. Paper
  5. Small dish or Saucer
  6. Paper towels

After collecting the items follow the below steps.

  1. Cut the potato in half.
  2. Draw on the potato the letter you want to carve out.
  3. Carefully carve out the letter. Make sure to cut deep enough so that it leaves a good impression on the paper
  4. Pour the Food Coloring into your container.
  5. Gently dip the Potato into the Food Coloring
  6. Gently yet firmly press onto sheet of paper.
  7. Blot potato with paper towel.
  8. Repeat as desired.

The following slide show covers the above steps.

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How to make homemade paints.

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A few days ago I wrote about how to make sidewalk chalk. After a bit of testing I wanted something that was more vivid in color. Then my daughter smiled at me after drinking her Kool-aid and as I wiped off her little face I realized the answer was staring me in the face.
Ahh, Koolaid the high sugar power drink for kids! Now we can use it to power our message that we are mobilizing and taking back our government.

Below are three recipes that I tested. * Note I did substitute, Mixade, a less expensive version of Kool-Aid.

  1. Flour based paint
    • Directions: In a large pot add 3 cups of water and 3 tbsp of oil. Bring to a boil and add the following:
    • 2 cups flour
    • 2 packs unsweetened Mixade or Kool-Aid
    • 1/2 cup salt
      This recipe makes a very good consistency and makes really vivid colors!
  2. Cornstarch based Paint
    I then tried a variation on the corn starch that I used for chalk. This time I added more cornstarch and the Mixade instead of food coloring. 

    • Directions: Mix cornstarch and water in a saucepan and stir until mixture thickens.
    • Allow to cool, then add Mixade.
    • This one makes very vivid colors too.
  3. Corn Syrup based Paint
    • This one is simple and has but two ingredients
    • Directions:
    • Pour corn syrup into bowl.
    • Add your favorite color of Mixade
    • For this one you have to have time for it to dry but it paints very nicely almost like traditional paint.
    • Also be aware that this is sticky!

I suggest that you use a small roller with a square bucket for ease of use. Also, if you do use these let me know your results and send photo’s.

How to make Spray Chalk!

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Today my daughter and I decided to show how to make Spray Chalk. It of course has many uses including not just protest sidewalk banners.

Update after testing I recommend doubling the amount of corn starch! The original made a nice spray on porous material but was a bit weak on concrete. Also add more color as you see fit.

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Fukushima Nuclear Boy’s Stinky Poop.

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Today on NPR I heard about the Anime video from Japan that was made to explain what is going on in Fukushima to Kids. It is called “Nuclear Boy’s Stinky Poop.”

Two lessons learned.

1. Poop stinks

2. NPR Matters!