Random but Relevant

By Matthew Lewis

Thoughts, questions and insights from a homeschool grad, father of littles and the all-around “tech guy” here at HSE! Topics may be random at times, but will be relevant to the homeschool lifestyle!

“What If?” Questions

Posted in Random but Relevant by Matthew Lewis on June 04, 2015
Our daughter, Abigail, is about to turn four and is beginning to get interested in the hypothetical. She'll sometimes ask us things like "What if our mouths were on our tummies?" and other similar questions that show her little…Read
God is amazingly kind!

God is amazingly kind!

Posted in Random but Relevant by Matthew Lewis on June 01, 2015
Lisa and I have written before about the bone condition our son, Chandler, inherited. Just to recap, the condition causes (usually) benign tumors to grow on the patient's bones. While not typically life-threatening, this can be painful…Read

Artistry and Creativity

Posted in Random but Relevant by Matthew Lewis on May 22, 2015
Creativity has never come easy to me - at least not artistic creativity. Without the benefit of a kit, or extensive help, I've rarely made anything that was aesthetically-pleasing. It's just not something that comes naturally. More than…Read

Singing

Posted in Random but Relevant by Matthew Lewis on May 18, 2015
Lisa and I have spent considerable effort helping our children appreciate singing. Despite our best efforts, Abigail (just short of four years old now) has only just recently decided to go ahead and sing regularly on her own. The lyrics…Read

The Eruption of Mount Pelee

Posted in Random but Relevant by Matthew Lewis on May 07, 2015
We've all heard of Pompeii and other ancient cities that were buried or destroyed suddenly by volcanic eruptions. It's always been interesting to me to consider how such a thing could happen. Somehow, I was unaware of a similar event in…Read

Is Easy “Excellence” Good Enough?

Posted in Random but Relevant by Matthew Lewis on May 05, 2015
Lisa and I recently attended a meeting of local homeschool leaders. The topic of achievement tests came up, and I was almost immediately swept back about seventeen years in time, to the last achievement tests I took. It may come as a…Read

A Rotten Science Project

Posted in Random but Relevant by Matthew Lewis on April 24, 2015
I mentioned a week or so ago that Lisa and I are starting a garden (again) this year. Most people plant vegetable gardens to enjoy fresh produce. But have you told your kids how much rotted stuff goes into that? "Compost" is a fancy…Read

Learning to Read

Posted in Random but Relevant by Matthew Lewis on April 21, 2015
I've always been astounded by stories of people who taught themselves how to read. I literally have no idea how one would go about doing that, so I have the highest admiration for those who have. Our daughter, Abigail, will turn four in…Read

Starting a Garden

Posted in Random but Relevant by Matthew Lewis on April 16, 2015
Lisa and I have made a few brief forays into gardening, but we kind of gave it up after I accidentally ran over our one decent cucumber with a ridiing lawmower a couple years ago. The house we were living in at the time just had too…Read
Do you do tornado drills?

Do you do tornado drills?

Posted in Random but Relevant by Matthew Lewis on April 10, 2015
I'll say this for public schools: They do a good job with tornado drills (or at least they did when I was in second grade). Every student knew what to do and where to go in the event of severe weather. Granted, a family taking shelter…Read