Archive for June, 2010

who got my 3 year old hooked on Taylor Swift?

June 27th, 2010

Kids these days. When asked to identify the lady on the Barbie dress Sylvie was wearing (Barbie, duh), Sylvie confidently insisted it was Hannah Montana. Okay. I get it. That girl is on more underwear and tshirts for the under 6 set today than Barbie. It doesn’t matter that there is no Barbie or Hannah […]

doug, my love for you is like…

June 18th, 2010

the square root of two written as a decimal.

if you escape the ice floe, the hot lava is certain death

June 18th, 2010

If only to be a fly on the wall when these things get introduced on the preschool playground. If the dangers my children are avoiding in their play are any indication, the preschool playground is a heady science convention. Gone are the days of cowboys and indians. My children, instead, spend hours working together to […]

northern california tide pools

June 18th, 2010

We’ve been suffering through heatwave after heatwave out here in the northwest driving us to the ocean for relief from the sweltering 75 degree heat. A few weekends ago, this brought us to the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve, just north of Half Moon Bay in Moss Beach. At low tide, the tide pools are vast and […]

literacy or bust

June 18th, 2010

I’ve written before about the struggles with raising a little boy and having high academic standards. The greatest struggle is that early academic excellence is measured in literacy and handwriting, while little boys would be the star students were it instead science and math. My own pupil listens with rapt attention to technical explanations of […]

life’s questions without easy answers

June 18th, 2010

Will and I have deep conversations. Yesterday he asked me what would happen if a meteoroid ran into the sun. “It would burn up in its approach because the sun is super hot.” Okay, what would happen if a meteoroid as big as the sun hit the sun? Huh. So this is where the questions […]