I don’t want to teach my kids maths, I want my kids to LIVE Maths

Fractal Frost pattern, Wikimedia Commons

This is a post in response to Penelope Trunk’s post on not teaching Maths, as well as the many, many comments on the blog. It made me sad. It made me think. And it reinforced for me the idea that the maths taught in school is – the wrong maths.

It’s a discussion that you will hear whenever you get a group of mathematicians together. The things that inspire, that make you go ‘wow!’ are the things you never see in school.

Imagine for a moment that learning english was taught only through reading ‘Terms and Conditions on Contracts‘. Worthy and useful, perhaps. But you never saw poetry. There was no mention of Shakespere, and the idea of a story or novel was incomprehensible to your teachers. Who would ‘love’ english after 13 years of that? Why would you want to know how to read?
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How We Homeschool – Part 6: Records and Sanity

In our state, there is currently no requirement to report on progress and curriculum, except for acknowledging that students need to cover the “Key Learning Areas”(KLAs)

This does not mean there is no curriculum or record-keeping. Far from it! Every parent wants to make sure they are doing the right thing – and this over-thinking over-analysing┬ámummy is definitely one of them.
Taking on the schooling of my boy is a big thing. And to keep the lurking nag-demons at bay I like to keep records. Lots of records. As many as a busy mum can manage!

But because I am busy I have found a few useful short-cuts that help keep everything ticking over while satisfying my desire for comprehensive record keeping.
Hopefully, some of these might prove useful to others.
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Surprise Gluten-Free Scones

Surprise Scones

This is a recipe that surprised me. I have never been able to make anything like scones since I went gluten-free and no-to-low-dairy. I was trying to make biscuits. Instead, I ended up with these lovely gems. This isn’t quite the original recipe, as I overdid the flavours on the first attempt (too much rose syrup and dessicated coconut – I was trying for biscuits!). These are so light and fluffy it almost feels criminal.
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Creamy Asparagus Pasta

This is a recipe I do with and without dairy, depending on what’s in the cupboard. It’s a lovely simple white sauce base that goes well with most green vegetables (think peas, green beans, broad beans, and asparagus – though not all at once!). This recipe will be the dairy-free version, as there are countless recipes to do it the other way. This recipe very popular with my DH.
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The Hell of “Socialization”

I have been delaying doing a post on “socialization”. I have been at a loss on how to approach talking about it, really. So I thought I’d just tell it how it is.

You see, C has LD‘s that severely affect how he is able to handle social situations. C is an affectionate, loving, quiet and intelligent kid. But get him in a noisy crowd, and suddenly he goofs off, gets very loud or runs away, or spends all his time looking at the ceiling, listening to fans or noisy air conditioners.

We went to the OT yesterday for C’s regular appointment. And they’re quite wonderful. They were able to diagnose C and help with very practical suggestions for helping him cope. They also gave us names for the many behaviours we have observed.
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How We Homeschool – Part 4: Documentaries and Online

Sorry about the long delay in posting – life caught up with us and tsunami’ed all over our schedules. It happens. But without more ado, here’s Part 4.

For homeschooling, our no. 1 resource is the internet. It has completely changed the way learning can be done. Today I will outline some of the amazing resources we use on a regular basis. Of course there are the wonderful websites I’ve written about earlier, but there are also:
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Zucchini, Apple, Banana and Cinnamon Birthday Cake

Zucchini, Apple, Banana and Cinnamon Cake

I decided to go for a change of pace and do a nice cake recipe. Don’t worry – I’ll be back to the homeschooling series next post!!

This is the cake my other half requested for his birthday. As he doesn’t like icing or sweet cakes, this is my version of an almost-savoury cake that’s still dessert-like enough for a birthday. It won’t rise terribly high, but it’s a moist, almost bread-like cake with a crunchy outer shell – delicious!

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