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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

A Tip for Tuesday - Teaching at the Table

Ours is not a homeschooling family.

I'm not that brave, but my hat is off to all those that are.

That being said, I do try to make sure the little buggers are learning a few things now and then. Even when they're NOT in school. You've all seen the video, right?

Yeah. Not on my watch. Such as....

To that end, I've got maps, and I'm not afraid to use 'em.

We currently have a giant US map on our dinner table, covered in clear plastic, so we can wipe the spagehetti sauce off of Seattle and the milk off of Milwaukee.

Every now and then, I take the US map out and replace it with a world map.

Sometimes we play I Spy games with the maps
I spy a large country bordered by Russia and China....

or quiz each other on capitals. My oldest and my youngest, in particular, are kind of geography nerds and they like challenging each other in this way.

I'm hoping the others pick it up by osmosis or something.

So. Maps. They're what's for dinner.


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In case you didn't know it, I'm like the queen of blog-hoppin' lately. It's kind of like square dancing but without the dated outfits, smelly gym, and elderly caller.

Here's the schedule I keep:
Monday: Homestead Revival's Barn Hop
Tuesday: Heavenly Homemaker's Gratituesday
and Wrinkled Mommy's Tuesday Archive Link-Up
Wednesday: My Life and Kids Finding the Funny
Thursday: A Rural Journal's Rural Thursday Blog Hop
Friday: Deborah Jean's Dandelion House's Farmgirl Friday
Saturday: Camera Critter's Life With Dogs Pet Blogger Hop and Country Momma Cooks Saturday Link-Up

Since today is Tuesday, that means I'm linking my post "Escaped" with Wrinkled Mommy's Tuesday Archive Link-Up, and "That's My Girl" with Heavenly Homemaker's Gratituesday. Come join the fun!


  1. OH i love me some MAPS! When I was about 4-5 my older brother challenged me to pay attention to the roads and towns near our home... it worked! I have been a geography nut ever since. My daughters -- not so much. But oh they all know i love to sit and study a great map. Do you have Google Earth? OHMYGAWSHHHHH! That things is tremendous!!!!!

  2. Hoooray for you helping to map out your children's futures. (hehehhe)

  3. @Renae: Maybe it will skip a generation and you can turn your granchildren into geography geeks! And you're right, Google Earth is aMAZing!
    @Mary: As bad puns go, that one was awesome! Thanks for stopping in!

  4. oh my! That poor girl. I wonder if she will ever live that down. I sort of feel sorry for her. lol
    Great idea about the map. Good for you for making it fun. ( I'm not a homeschooler either)



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