The Names of Birds

Yesterday Renee and I were hanging out upstairs when we heard a kabonk. It’s rather amazing how quickly our brains can decipher the meaning of a particular sound, in this case the kabonk was immediately deciphered as the sound a bird’s body makes when it decides to fly headlong into a window.  This interpretation was affirmed by the sight of our little black cat hurriedly slinking toward the same window.  We dashed outside but were a little too late, so we chased the sweet feline around and within seconds (thanks to Renee’s opportune slap on the kitty’s back) we had retrieved a small olive-green bird with a splash of yellow and brilliant orange upon its cap.

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Gearing up for another Homeschool Year

I’ve been thinking about what it means to do something every single day. Our piano teacher encourages her students to practice every day. She told us how a famous pianist remarked that if he skipped a day, he could tell a difference in his piano playing. If he skipped two days, his family could tell a difference. And if he skipped three days, the whole world could tell.

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