• Homeschool,  Learning,  Living with Children,  Play,  Self-Directed Learning

    Pine Cone Bird Feeders: 4 easy steps

    We love birds. For years we have been observing them and putting up birdhouses in our backyard to provide shelter. We have also participated in FeederWatch and the Great Backyard Bird Count. If you haven’t heard of either of these, I encourage you to check them out. It is a great way to learn about the many birds living right under your nose and to help scientists track birds. My kids really enjoyed it, but truth be told, I may have come out as the true ‘bird nerd’. This weekend, we revived our neglected bird feeder and decided to also make pine cone feeders. They are super simple and pretty. Be aware, the…

  • Books,  Parenting,  Social Changes,  Teens

    What if kids could test out of school?

    According to the author of “Teen 2.0: Saving our Children and Families from the Torment of Adolescence” that’s exactly what we should be doing. Teens are in limbo. They aren’t given enough rights to be independent, but they are fully capable of handling their lives and in many cases better than those who are actually deemed adults.  The arbitrary age laws can really depress potential. In his book, Robert Epstein, outlines profound, totally unexpected suggestions for our society to consider in order to free our young people and give them the power to reach their full potential. We see delinquent behaviors because kids feel trapped, controlled, and unappreciated. We have dumbed…