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!

That’s a tough way to learn!

Posted in Random but Relevant by Matthew Lewis on April 25, 2014
Abigail showed great understanding of the spoken word at an exceptionally early age, but she was a late talker. We could tell she wanted to talk. She would try sometimes, and would give us looks and expressions that showed she very much…Read

A really “cool” project!

Posted in Random but Relevant by Matthew Lewis on April 23, 2014
With warmer weather on its way, here's a really fun and interesting project for your budding do-it-yourselfer - a home-made air conditioner!  It could hardly be simpler; watch the video to see how it's done!  

I’m glad this guy wasn’t stuck on a desert island!

Posted in Random but Relevant by Matthew Lewis on April 09, 2014
Messages in bottles are such a part of folklore that there's a sort of inherent charm to them. Practically everyone I knew as a child had tossed a bottle with a note in it into some body of water or another. Times have changed and now…Read

How do we balance on a bike?

Posted in Random but Relevant by Matthew Lewis on March 14, 2014
I've always loved riding a bike (well, ever since I learned how to stop falling off!) But there was one thought that I always found a bit disconcerting: Just how was I able to balance on two wheels? This thought was disturbing enough at…Read
How Wolves Change Rivers

How Wolves Change Rivers

Posted in Random but Relevant by Matthew Lewis on March 05, 2014
Can wolves change rivers? If the video I've linked to below is correct, then yes, they can - at least indirectly. Basically, wolves had been eradicated from Yellowstone for over 70 years. When they were reintroduced in 1994, a series of…Read

Teaching Kids About Money

Posted in Random but Relevant by Matthew Lewis on February 28, 2014
We all know it's important to teach kids about money. After all, it's not the most important thing in life, but it's enough to be a major topic in the Bible, and if Jesus thinks it's that important, then we should probably make sure our…Read
The Problems With Horses

The Problems With Horses

Posted in Random but Relevant by Matthew Lewis on February 13, 2014
Don't get me wrong; horses are great animals. In fact, having seen movies and pictures featuring horses as a primary mode of transportation, I confess to having sometimes had a bit of a nostalgic longing for a bygone era. But it turns…Read

How eyes work - and how they don’t

Posted in Random but Relevant by Matthew Lewis on January 16, 2014
I was researching some medical symptoms the other day (the result of hypochondriac tendencies being given Internet access) and came across the following slideshow: What Eye Problems Look Like The pictures aren't gross, and you can…Read

Who’s related to who?

Posted in Random but Relevant by Matthew Lewis on January 13, 2014
We've all heard that there are only five degrees of separation between any two people on earth, but did you know it's often not too much more than that to get between certain specific people?  Check out Kindred Britain for a really…Read

German court says family can’t leave the country

Posted in Random but Relevant by Matthew Lewis on January 07, 2014
I've been corresponding with a homeschool father in Germany for some time regarding the state of homeschooling in his country.  There is a possibility of publishing a guest blog post by him in the future, but for now I wanted to share a…Read