Nicole Alderman

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Five acres, two little ones, one awesome husband, 12 ducks (give or take), and a bunch of fruit trees and garden beds. In her spare time, Nicole likes to knit, paint, draw, teach kids, make fairies & dragons, philosophize, and read fantasy. She doesn't HAVE spare time, but does like to fantasize about it!
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Catie George wrote:What about building boats? Each kid could choose what they want to make - a canoe, a sailboat, a row boat, a "sailing ship",  one of those little boats which you propel with an elastic band twisted around a piece of wood to make a paddle boat, etc - and talk about who was using that type of boat at the time, what is on their boat, and where they are from/where they are going, and what groups they are encountering.

Maybe make a manifest, or a captain's log book, or an explorer's diary... Their boats could carry their things from the era that you make?

Edit - oops, just saw you already did boats. Hmm...  

If I hadn't already done a bunch of navigation stuff last year (we made mariner's quadrants, did dead reckoning, and made clay boats), I could totally have done all of those this year. But, alas!

I am wondering about making putt-putt/pop-pop boats. I'm not sure if it'll be too dangerous for little kids, with all the sharp metal edges and all.

2 hours ago

Nancy Reading wrote:how about the Age_of_Enlightenment - progress in science and engineering (not all forwards) most of the same date range and less fraught perhaps than age of discovery

What about "Age of Exploration"? People are exploring new ideas, new places, new ways of living.

It's such a hard period, because it's fraught with so much yuckiness. There was a huge feeling of "We're enlightened and you're not." And, a lot of "discovering" of things that other's had actually already discovered. There was a lot of exploitation and slavery...and I get a bit depressed thinking about it.

It doesn't help that the history book we're using (Story of the World, Early Modern Times), spends most of it's time talking about how one country was taking over another country, or this ruler was doing this, that or the other thing. For some reason, it really focuses on the reformation, with a lot of negative talk about the Catholic church. It's weird.

I'd much rather focus on what inventions were happening, or what the common person was doing and learning. Especially since it's a homeschool co-op, with parents having so many different religious and political views, I really want to stay out of "Cider Press" talk in the classroom, as much as possible. I'm just not sure how to when studying this era of history.  

history of balloon flights
Could they make a hot air balloon (first flight 1783)? is that too dangerous for little ones? Oh here! : you can make it fly with a hair drier or pop corn popper. Maybe you could do individual ones that don't fly and one big one to play with flying.

Oooh, that's an interesting idea. I was thinking about covering ships, but hot air balloons (and trains!) would be great things to cover as well! There were a lot of interesting advances in technology that I hadn't really thought about (I was thinking mostly the Colonial/Revolutionary times), and hadn't gotten my brain to the later bits of the era yet!

For the medieval class last year, I focused on: Boats, books, and buildings. Maybe this year could be: Transportation, Technology, and ..... (Not sure what the other T-word would be. Tastes? Traditions? Transformation? Something else? Maybe something about the advances in communication, such as the post office, letters, printing presses, newspapers, etc)

Hmmm, we could also make ice cream! Everyone could take turns churning it, and then we all share it at the end of class! (I might need two different ice cream makers so there's one with dairy-free ice cream).

I also want to make tin can lanterns, beeswax candles, horn books, and maybe compasses. When was soap invented? (Looks like there were forms of it back to 2800 BC, and soap was being made in the medieval times, but it really kicked into action in the 1600s, and the invention of soda ash was 1791)Soap making is likely too dangerous if we make soap like they used to. I think it'd be super cool if they got to make their own soap, though! Sally Pointer has a video on making soap balls, I wonder if we could do some of that...
20 hours ago
Last year, I taught Medieval history at my kids' homeschool co-op. This year, I'm teaching the era from the Renaissance to 1849 (apparently, this is called the "premodern period." But, that name is LAME and vague. Anyone have any good names for this period of time?). Last year, we had the big project of making wattle and daub houses. This project was a big hit, and the kids learned a lot.

Some of the wattle and daub houses they made

But, what sort of multi-week project could I do for this new period of history? I was thinking that since the era has a lot of travel (and includes the Golden Age of Piracy!), that making a chest could be a cool project. And they could put inside the chest the other things we make that people of the time period would have, like horn books, feather quills, etc.

My only issue is, they don't really have access to a woodshop, and I'd really like to make the chests out of wood. Does anyone have any ideas of ways to have kids build wooden chests?

Or maybe you have an idea for a different project that would teach the skills of this era?

23 hours ago
I'm glad Paul and the team have done their server research so well over the years.

Right now, hospitals (and airports, and media outlets, and banks, and ATM machines, and many servers) are down thanks to a Microsoft outage.

From Australians have been hit by a worldwide tech outage. Here's what we know:

In Australia, all NSW government departments, including police and fire and rescue have been affected. Triple-0 was still working.

Several companies appear to be impacted, including banking, media, and airline networks across the country.

Customers have reported having ATM server issues at Woolworths, and other retailers.

Quantas flight check-ins have reportedly been affected.

ABC, SBS and Sky computer systems crashed this afternoon, interrupting programming.

On its X, Microsoft said it was investigating the incident, which appears to be affecting Microsoft 365 apps and services worldwide.

Microsoft said early on Friday its cloud services outage in the Central US region was resolved after it led to the grounding and cancellation of several flights.

I am so thankful that we're still up and running when so many other things are down. There's a lot of resiliency in our system, and there will soon be even more thanks to everyone who's helping buy this bigger, better server!

We're less than $900 from a new server!

r ranson wrote:This thread is the 260600th thread made on permies.

Next year will be the 20th anniversary of the first permies post.

That's a lot of history . A lot of permaculture.

And it's full of easily-found resources and knowledge. A lot of forums and social media is really hard to search, especially if you're not member. I struggle to find old pictures and post on facebook, despite being on there. I can barely access Instagram and have no idea how to search it since I'm not a member.

But, permies is searchable by google and our own search engine. Almost every week, I do some sort of search to find an old thread or post that had the knowledge I was looking for, and I can easily find it here on permies.

I was part of other forums in the past, and read and learned a lot, and shared things I'd learned on those forum. Now those forums and that knowledge is gone. But, permies is still here, keeping knowledge perennial. It's a beautiful thing!
I don't know if I've ever seen event ticket sell this fast. I really think this indicates how much many people have needed a family-friendly permaculture event!

Good work, Paul & the team!
I would say, though, that I get every email from the dailyish, weeklyish, monthlyish, "threads you might have missed," "so-and-so replied to your post," etc. Hotmail/microsoft/outlook does not have any issues with

The only issue is with emails from, say, "" or "" I don't know why the latter is such a problem, but I don't know if it's a big enough issue to rid permies of all microsoft/outlook email addresses.

I made a protonmail account, but, despite my best efforts, I never remember to check it. All my other emails go to my microsoft email address and my work email, so those are what I manage to check.