Author Archives: Headmistress

Twelfth Night

We watched Kenneth Brannagh’s Twelfth Night Saturday night (thanks to Mama Squirrel at for recommending it). It was a slower in pace than the Trevor Nunn adaptation, and all the action takes place outside, which was odd. But there were some things we liked better. The slower pace made it easier for our young […]

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When Whose-its was, oh, about 19 months old, I heard her call out “Mother,” so I, oddly enough, said, “What?” She said she wasn’t talking to me, she was talking to her sister Jennyanydots, who was being the mother. Then she came over, patted my arm reassuringly, and said gently, “That’s just ‘tending. JennyAnyDots just […]

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Educating for a full life

— We wish to place before the child open doors to many avenues of instruction and delight, in each one of which he should find quickening thoughts. We cannot expect a school to be manned by a dozen master-minds, and even if it were, and the scholar were taught by each in turn, it would […]

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Homeschooling for the birds

Great Backyard Bird Count–Friday, February 18, through Monday, February 21 Greetings from Audubon and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology,Just a reminder that the Great Backyard Bird Count begins this Friday and continues through Monday. We hope you’ll count birds at your favorite locations on any or all of the count days and enter your tallies […]

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How to fit the NY skyline in a 1200 sq ft house

The organized soul has one book beside the bed. The glutton sleepswith the New York Skyline lurching an inch from the bed. ~ Charlotte Gray

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