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Jun
03
2011

Reading and writing

Cub loves being read to, and is constantly bringing books to us and demanding "Wead book!"

Happy toddler with a book

I can also say "duduk" to him and he will sit down.  All three kids understand "makan" and "bagus" (Tao used to pronounce it "ba-goo-doos" when he was Cub's age :) and that's as far as I've gotten with Malay; my vocabulary is shocking and grammar non-existant.

May
18
2011

The initial homeschool moderator visit

We had our initial visit yesterday, with the next one scheduled for another couple of months.  Everything went pretty much as expected.  The lady was nice, and was happy with all the learning areas except for English and maths, and also wanted to see more "scientific communication".

Turning a flower blue

Tao and Ruan set up an experiment to turn a flower blue, directed by Tao, who had seen a demonstration on some science show on ABC.  They made the blue water with paint and water (as we don't have food colouring).  They then went on to do some other arty crafty thingies while they waited for the colour to be drawn up to the flower.

I had nothing to do with it.

May
20
2010

Basic literacy and numeracy sans formal lessons

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Mar
27
2010

Catchup, Tapfish economics, cartography and Lojban

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[this post got a lot of interesting/amusing comments mostly about people apparently annoyed by my decision to use Lojban as the IAL (international auxiliary language) for AEfter Ragnarok - bit sad to lose them]

Dec
22
2008

Individual learning styles

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Apr
03
2008

Good day

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Oct
02
2007

Unschooly crap

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You can learn a lot from doing not much. As most people know, I do 3d. I seem to know bits of geometry, crap I never would have picked up at school, mainly coz it was in the higher level maths class and I suck at maths.

Currently I'm learning a little bit about Russian history (there's a doco on sometime in the next fortnight that might be helpful) and researching titanium alloys. Why? Roleplaying :P

Who says you need to go to school to get an education.

Mar
01
2007

Hurray for The Wiggles!

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Tao has discovered The Wiggles website. It was my fault, I decided to see if they were going to have any events in Perth anytime soon and he spotted me.

So now he's on "his" (ie Josh's old) laptop playing the various games they have littered about their site. So far he's played an instrument game which is a simple mouse over game, great for teaching tots hand eye coordination with a mouse. Next I put on the numbers game for him (he mouses over a number, it gets big, he clicks on it and one of the Wiggles reads out the number. Think he was trying to learn the numbers so he could play Wake Up Jeff which requires knowing what the numbers 1, 2 and 3 are.

Now he's currently clicking around Captain Feathersword's screen.

I need to get a smaller mouse for him.