• Sigrid Ellis

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    Sigrid Ellis is co-editor of the Hugo-nominated Queers Dig Time Lords and Chicks Dig Comics anthologies. She edits the best-selling Pretty Deadly from Image Comics. She is the flash-fiction editor of Queers Destroy Science Fiction, from Lightspeed Press. She edited the Hugo-nominated Apex Magazine for 2014. She lives with her partner, their two homeschooled children, her partner’s boyfriend, and a host of vertebrate and invertebrate pets in Saint Paul, MN.
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Homeschool, today’s edition

I deeply love the things my kids learn.

Today we reviewed Middle East geography. I gave the kids a blank map of the Middle East and began calling out countries. The kids tried to identify them on the map and color them in. I gave hints. The kids used to have the world map memorized, when we did geography every day. Now it takes a little more prodding. Frankly, I can’t blame them. Turkmenistan still throws me. I mean, I had the world map memorized — in 1985. All these pesky ‘Stans weren’t around then. I am old now, and my brain is congealed, and I have trouble memorizing new things!

We then worked on writing/English/reading/grammar. By which I mean M wrote thank-yous — or, at least, ONE thank you, which was all I had patience for. He then identified questions vs. statements and filled in the correct punctuation in each case. Karla worked on generating rhyming words and writing them on a worksheet.

After that we tackled math. Each kid did single-digit subtraction and two-digit addition (no carrying required.) The kids are getting better at knowing their sums by heart. They still have to think it through, but no longer need manipulatives or fingers to do addition. (They still need the help on the subtraction.)

Then I read a chapter from The Wizard of Oz, read the book Tomten by Astrid Lingren, and read two pages about the element Sulphur. We discussed reactivity, sulfides and oxides, and read chemical equations aloud together.

After that K read a short “spooky” story aloud to M.

That took about two hours. Earlier this morning K practiced piano, and we all spent fifteen minutes reading the BBC website for the day’s news. And, when the kids got up, K had read a book to M. A book about farting, but, well, there you have it. Reading is the gateway to all knowledge, including knowledge about the relative smelliness of elephant farts.