Nurturing a love of learning

Nurturing a Love of Learning and the Art of Curiosity

The Gerg has never attended a brick and mortar school and we don’t regret the decision to homeschool. This site provides insight into our journey and will hopefully inspire others to forgo the institutional idea of school and create opportunities for learning in an organic setting.

ELA Journal Entry 1

Assignment: “Copy [the quote] that resonates with you and write your thoughts about it. How does it make you feel? What do you think it means?” The quote I chose: “If you do not tell the truth about yourself, you cannot tell it about other people.” -Virginia Woolf This quote resonates with me because I […]

O5: Encountering Evil- Student Response

All questions are from Oyster Academy. Do you think that optimism or pessimism is a more useful emotion/perspective in the world? How would Wiesel respond to this question? I believe Wiesel would say that neither was more useful and that, though optimism might’ve helped people stay a little stronger, almost every Jew in the Holocaust […]

O4: Encountering Evil – Student Response

All questions from Oyster Academy. Why does Wiesel use quotation marks around the word “normal” on page 11? What impact does this punctuation have on the reader’s understanding of the passage? Wiesel uses quotation marks around “normal” to show that things weren’t actually normal. Things were changing, Relatives were driven out of their homes, which […]

O3: Encountering Evil – Student Response

All questions are from Oyster Academy. Knowing what happened to the Jews during the Holocaust, how does reading today’s text impact you as a reader? With my knowledge of what happened to the Jews during the Holocaust, reading today’s text (pg. 3-11) is unsettling and sad. At first, it was peaceful, but when Moishe and […]

O2: Encountering Evil- Student Response

All questions from Oyster Academy. Question 1: Why is it so important to remember the specific details of people’s experiences? It’s important to remember details of people’s experiences because you learn certain events that happened to the victims that no one else may know about, or even be told in a normal lesson about said […]

O1-Encountering Evil: Discussion Questions

All questions are from O1: Encountering Evil. Question: Why does studying the Holocaust matter? What can studying the Holocaust teach us? Studying the Holocaust matters because we must learn about the mistakes humans have made in the past. Learning about the gruesome incidents that happened in the past can help us understand what the victims […]

Seeking Justice: Lesson 6 – Discussion Questions

All questions are from Oyster Academy-Seeking Justice: Lesson 6. Question 1: “In what ways is the scene where Jem retrieves his pants similar and different in the film (30:50–32:16) than in the text (pages 62–64)?” To Kill a Mockingbird as a movie and as a book are surprisingly different, but still hold similarities. One of […]

Seeking Justice: Lesson 5, Discussion Questions

Questions from Oyster Academy. Question 1: How does today’s reading develop your understanding of gender roles and expectations in this text? Provide specific examples from the text. Today’s reading helped me understand that women are expected to do housework, like Jem says on page 78, “Not like a lady sewed ’em…” It also helped me […]

Seeking Justice Lesson 3: Discussion Question

Discussion Questions from Oyster Academy-Seeking Justice: Lesson 3. Question: How do today’s chapters develop your understanding of class differences in Maycomb? The poorer aren’t as respected as everyone else. The Cunninghams are very poor and Scout was very disrespectful, as clearly shown when talking with Calpurnia, “He ain’t company, Cal, he’s just a Cunningham-” (33) […]

Seeking Justice Lesson 2: Discussion Questions

Questions from Oyster Academy-Seeking Justice: Lesson 2. Question 1: What can we infer about Scout’s character based on this first chapter? Provide specific examples from the text. She’s smart, having been able to read since she was a baby, “Scout yonder’s been readin’ ever since she was born, and she ain’t even started to school […]

Seeking Justice Lesson 1: Discussion Questions

Questions from Oyster Academy-Seeking Justice: Lesson 1. Question 1: What was the relationship between gender and the perpetuation of Jim Crow? During the Jim Crow laws, it was always inappropriate for a black man to interact with a white girl or woman in a casual way, strengthening the assumption that black men will harm white […]

Image showing orange and blue illustrations of books. Above them are the words 8th Grade Curriculum 2019 - 2020

8th Grade Curriculum 2019 – 2020

We’ve ramped things up over the last two years with a more vigorous curriculum. Despite my desire to not replicate school at home, my child is at their best when they have a schedule and enough work to keep them busy. Gerg panics when left to their own devices and would choose to stay in […]

Sixth-Grade Recap

We’ve had a pretty busy sixth-grade year of homeschooling and it’s not over yet. In fact, won’t be done with sixth-grade until mid-October. However, we are starting a few 7th Grade activities, so I wanted to recap the year. “The only true law is that which leads to freedom,” Jonathan said. “There is no other.” […]

6th Grade Curriculum 2017 - 2018

6th Grade Curriculum 2017 – 2018

Yikes! This is way overdue, but we’ve had so much going on this year. I went back to work full-time for Automattic Inc., the company behind WordPress.com, Jetpack, WooCommerce and more. As expected, my contract with GameTruck was not renewed when they decided to go with an agency for their social media needs. For the […]

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