Learning about the World

Back in the early days of this blog, after the weekend, I’d write about what I did the week before in an unordered list. This pressured me to do interesting things, which was a good thing, and reflect on them. Also a good thing. So this post is an effort to get back into the habit.

  • One of the many wonderful things about homeschooling is that I am constantly learning alongside my daughter. She asks a lot of questions and my answer is often, “I don’t know, let’s find out.” But today we went hiking at the Redwood Regional Park in Oakland, after yesterday’s rainfall. The Pacific Northwest is a fungal wonderland, and the mushrooms were in full bloom, most of them having come up in the last day. I was able to impart a lot of my knowledge of mushrooms to my daughter, identifying Russulas, polypores, slime molds, and the ubiquitous “LBMs” or “little brown mushrooms” as David Arora calls them in his classic of mycology, “Mushrooms Demystified”. We are now making spore prints from all the mushrooms we found.
  • I wrote a brief blog post on LinkedIn called Are you on the wrong road? Turn back!, based on some advice given me years ago by my friend Jim, which I’ve used countless times since. I now have almost as many followers on LinkedIn as I do on Twitter. And great feedback and conversations, which happen rarely, to my sadness, here on caterina.net, like they used to in the old days.
  • After reading about the Al Ain Oasis by ECWC, I became curious about cultivating dates, and browsed about the web a bit, learning. And made a note of it on Findery (of course). An incredible number of dates are produced by each tree! They’re as big as banana bunches! I had no idea.
  • I joined a meetup group called Bay Area Parents for a Commercial-Free Childhood which I had searched for as I was going to start a group like it myself. It’s becoming increasingly difficult to find kids to hang out with that don’t consume a lot of commercial culture. I met the group’s founder Jill and her daughter on Saturday. She tuned my ukulele and even tried to play “Five Foot Two” for me. And alerted me to yet another group that gets together at the Oakside Cafe, the Ukulele Rebellion. I’m looking forward to more art, nature and music. Awesome!
  • Saturday Crafternoon happened, a bunch of friends came over, and we modeled polymer clay, embroidered, and I worked on another rug made of tshirts. I love Saturday Crafternoons.

13 thoughts on “Learning about the World

  1. As I was looking at my bookmarks bar (I know, I know- How 1997…) I had a very simliar thought… Caterina used to have the luxury of sharing more…

    So glad you’re trying to post more.

    Thanks! And thanks for teaching your daughter all of things you are, we need more non-comm, interested, engaged kids. I’m trying to do my part too!

  2. Although commenting on blog posts seems to be dropping off (I see that on my own blogs), I won’t sound the Death of the Blog cry just yet.

    Unlike many other platforms/formats, blog posts are still “there” and searchable and archived – and found. My oldest blogs have legs (or a long tail – choose your appendage) and posts are still found and read and sometimes even commented on.

    Sites like Facebook and Twitter, with all their use and usefulness, still seem quite ephemeral.

  3. This homeschooling thing is always fascinating to me. Here in Italy it’s not a viable way of teaching to our child (or better, you can try to make the ‘final tests’ between each ‘step’ of the instruction programme, covering 5, 3 and then 5 years of class in one single exam.

    But, aside from that, how homeschooling help a child to relate to other peers? Your best and worst people in life often comes out from school experiences. Having the childs at home does not “deprive” them of something important?

    I am just asking, to know better this way of learning (also at the moment I have no childs so it’s pure academic discussion)…

  4. @Koolinus — This is the most frequently asked question about homeschooling, so I wrote up an answer which I posted here: http://qr.ae/1b9Sj among other places. I have some things to add, so maybe I’ll update the post and post it again on Caterina.net. There’s another collection of notes I made from a book called “The Well-Adjusted Child: the social benefits of homeschooling” here: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/71138966

    Thanks for writing!

  5. Saying hi from Argentina. delighted to hear that I´m not alone in the idea of raising children that are “commercial-free” which is very difficult when you have them going to school actually!!! (here is not an option, like in Italy). I´ve just “met” you today when reading your last post in Linkedin: very inspiring. Would love to have your opinion on a particular matter, if possible. -but I understand you have a lot going on…-
    Saludos!!

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