Rigging For Crow’s Nest Academy

On a sailboat, the rigging includes all of the ropes, cables, or chains that support a ship's masts and control the boat's yards and sails. It seems appropriate that the ideas that are shaping the curriculum I'm developing for Crow's Nest Academy should be called its rigging. Here's how they're shaping up at a first glance. Pleasure [...]

By | 2017-08-04T18:29:14+00:00 March 27th, 2017|Learning|0 Comments

Advanced Course in Naming Courses

One of our favorite TV shows is/was Community. If you haven't watched it, please do. Right away. It's hysterical. As I was playing around with curriculum unit ideas for Crow's Nest Academy, I couldn't help thinking of one of my favorite episodes -"Conspiracy Theories and Interior Design." It features a colossal blanket fort complete with a Turkish District, [...]

By | 2017-05-29T14:36:19+00:00 March 27th, 2017|Learning|2 Comments

Founding a Private School in Under Five Minutes

Once we decided to go the homeschooling route, I quickly set about brainstorming curriculum. I was interrupted from my optimistic reveries by Captain Jack. "Sooooo what are the requirements for homeschooling, anyway?" he asked, ever the pragmatist. I had no idea, but I found my answer in lightning fast time. Apparently, there are no federal mandates regarding homeschooling, [...]

By | 2017-05-29T14:34:53+00:00 March 26th, 2017|Learning|0 Comments

Teaching At Sea Among Other Things

"The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education."   :Albert Einstein We're still several months off from even moving aboard the Sea Shanti. While tearing up floorboards and pulling down paneling, Jack discovered that the boat already had about a million residents: termites. Yech. Just one more reason that he's doing the boat repair, and [...]

By | 2017-05-29T14:31:32+00:00 March 23rd, 2017|Learning|0 Comments

The Head

The Salon was removed first to figure out why there was a large, disgusting hole in the floor opening into the bilge. That revealed the biggest termite infestation I've ever seen (and I've lived in New Orleans the last 15 years - native land of the termite). Then I cleared the storage area and chain [...]

By | 2017-05-29T14:24:09+00:00 March 11th, 2017|Maintenance|0 Comments