Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!!! However, if you aren’t celebrating anything this December, then I hope you enjoy the break from school and work. I know that I’m really looking forward to it.

Even though Santa doesn't visit our house, my kids love the idea of him and his reindeer. Or, in this case, rein-dogs. Made by C, age 6.

Even though ‘Santa’ doesn’t visit our house, my kids love his reindeer-pulled sleigh.  Made by C, age 6.

I will be taking a blogging hiatus for the next two weeks to enjoy this time with my family. I have lots of cookies to bake and a pile of books to read.  We’re looking forward to delving deeply into some self-directed projects – mine and the kids. We’ve tinkered with some Arduino in the last few weeks and made some really cool LED art projects, but we haven’t had as much time to work on robotics and programming.  We are all really excited to switch our focus from traditional “academic” work to lots of hands-on projects – electronic and not so much.

In the queue are some books to start and finish – The Gift of Failure by Jessica Lahey, Creativity by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and The Future of the Catholic Church with Pope Francis. With the homeschooling break for my kids, I will have a chance to delve deeply into my Coursera course on web development, and crack open the two new books on Lego Mindstorms that just came in.  I’m looking forward to all of it and hope that you and your family enjoy the time together.