BeanBean-- I wanted to name him Ender Akiva when I was pregnant with him. I was absolutely *desperate*. I actually cried when I saw him because he looked SO much like an Ender, and my husband was adamantly against it. However, he had no trouble with the nickname "Bean," so Bean it was. He's been BeanBean ever since. (He's also got half a dozen other nicknames, but Bean is the one we use most often.)
BooBah-- Boobah is Hebrew for "doll." She looked like a little pink toy when she was born.
Just absolutely perfect-- she is quite the doll baby!
Bella-- By this point, I'd decided her nickname must begin with a B. While I was pregnant, I thought, "I can call her 'BumbleBee' when she's born!" Then she was born, and she just wasn't a BumbleBee. Bella came out while I was making cutesy noises at her, and it flows nicely with her actual name. It's also (Latin?) for 'beautiful,' and Bella is a beautiful child if I do say so myself.
Seamonkey-- This is the odd one. During the pregnancies, the babies have been "Bellybeans" except for this one. I have no idea why he's a Seamonkey, he just is.
ChibiChibi (10.5) calls him "a parasite" or "a symbiote" and thinks of him as something of a larval goa'uld. (Yes, my entire family is that geeky.
Homeschooling-- I decided that I would homeschool my kids when I was in seventh grade and learned, at a mathCounts competition, that it was possible. Everything I've learned since then has only served to strengthen my resolve, be it about the educational system, my children, or society in general. I take great pride in the fact that my children have no idea what "High School musical" is, beyond a ploy to get you to buy crappy toys at Walmart.
BeanBean is enrolled in a cyber charter school, so from a legal perspective he is not homeschooling-- he's a public charter school student. Practically speaking, he's at home and we're doing the work. The curriculum is very highly structured, which is what works best for him. Bean would never be happy as an unschooler, he really, REALLY prefers to have direction and needs a great deal of external feedback at this point. BooBah is more laid back than her brother, and would probably be a very happy unschooler if she was the older/only child. She's very self-directed and self-motivated, to an extent that her brother can't even begin to fathom. If I can find a cyber charter school which uses the Oak meadow curriculum or something like that, I'll certainly pursue it with BooBah (though right now, she is DEAD SET on "going" to Agora with her brother).
Each kid is different, though, so I'm keeping my mind open. The fact that Agora is working so well for BeanBean right now doesn't mean that it'll work as well for BooBah or Bella or Seamonkey. The reason I chose Agora for Bean was because I thought it would be a good fit *for him*, but he and his sisters are different children and what works for one may not work as well for the others. It goes back to Thing Number One: Homeschooling is, for me, saying, "I'm responsible for seeing that my children's educational needs are met in the best way for them." Bean could never go to a traditional public school, nor could he unschool and remain sane. While I have strong, negative feelings about public school, I can't rule out the possibility that one of my children will eventually want/need to go, and that it will be the best thing for them to do at that time.
Something noone here knows about me. . .
That's difficult. I feel like I'm always dropping crazy clues.
Let's see. . . I'm a terrible housekeeper.
: Is that surprising?
Oh, and if you've never read my blog you won't know that I swear like a sailor in real life. Seriously. It's bad.
I drop more f-bombs than a destroyer. . .
She's the female lead in the Chronicles of Prydain (prih-DAHN), which happened to be the last books I'd finished before the first time I logged in to a talker online. I was actually quite shocked to find the name available here-- it's usually long-since taken.