Scaffolding is Atmosphere
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Scaffolding is Atmosphere

As I’ve written this series and thought about it over the last year, I came to see how Scaffolding is just Mason’s tools of Atmosphere, Discipline, and Life. I started out planning to write just the first four or so posts, but as I actually wrote them I kept bumping up against atmosphere – how…

Scaffolding as Atmosphere, Discipline, and Life
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Scaffolding as Atmosphere, Discipline, and Life

When we think about lesson planning and curricular development, we can easily become overwhelmed by the vast amount of resources and approaches to any given lesson or study. But by using scaffolding in planning both the short- and long-term, we can make a plan that is reasonable and approachable without being overwhelmed. What is scaffolding?…

Our Weekly Amble: July 25-29, 2016
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Our Weekly Amble: July 25-29, 2016

We had a good week of school this week, but that’s likely because it was rather light as the school work goes. We’ve now finished Week 8 of AmblesideOnline Year 5. This week was the second of two weeks of swim lessons for the children. M-girl and N-boy both finished the “Fish” level and R-girl…

Wednesdays with Words: Zucchini and Larkspur
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Wednesdays with Words: Zucchini and Larkspur

I read Cindy Rollins’ new book, Mere Motherhood: Morning Times, Nursery Rhymes, & My Journey Toward Sanctification on Sunday and wrote my review on Monday. I’m still thinking about the Zucchini and Larkspur quote. It may have stood out for me because when I was nine, my favorite book was The Password to Larkspur Lane – a…