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While tag-surfing, I ran across yannatopia’s blog about Book Sales.  In her blog, she included a link to a site where you can look up the Book Sales in your area. 

Here it is, Book Sale Finder Site

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This week’s Meme at The Heart of the Matter is: Favorite Homeschool Moment.

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I read a couple (from others) before I started writing my Meme….mostly because I could not just come up with one particular moment….and I hoped to read some of the responses and one of them would jog “THE” spectacular moment. Well, what I read was more accurate…..there is just not one that seems to stick out.

There are specific moments where I can, with pride, say that the time I have spent teaching my children was not wasted. (I have fears that I will completely screw them up.)

I like when unexpected things happen – – which I am pretty sure would NOT happen if they were in public school. For example, Boo took one of Shel Silverstein’s poetry books to bed to read in the evenings – – she was not exposed to poetry in PS and now LOVES it!!

Sassy Sissy discusses religion and the holocaust with insight and wisdom, far beyond her years.

I like overhearing (or hearing about) conversations with others where they are so excited about learning – – where the people they are talking to, catch the learning fever.

I LOVE knowing my children SO well. (They are even amazed at how well I know them.) Our relationships are deeper than most parent/child relationships – – we have “that” kind of relationship – – you know, the one where the kids go to the parents with questions/concerns/accomplishments.

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Monday
History-Read “The Black Douglas” from Fifty Famous Stories Retold
Language Arts-Copy Work for “The Covetous Man” from Aesop’s Fables
Literature-Read “The Covetous Man” from Aesop’s Fables; Read No Mirrors in My Nana’s House; Read Chapters 14 and 15 from Shiloh.
Quiz-Took the quiz for Shiloh from www.BookAdventure.com
Math-Miquon Math Worksheet Pgs. E-1 through E-6
Poetry-Read XXXIII – The Swing from A Child’s Garden of Verses

Tuesday
History-Read “Other Wise Men of Gotham” from Fifty Famous Stories Retold
Language Arts-Copy Work for “The One-Eyed Doe” from Aesop’s Fables
Literature-Read “The One-Eyed Doe” from Aesop’s Fables
Math-Miquon Math Worksheet Pgs. D-4, E-7 through E-12
Poetry-Read XXXV – Looking-Glass River and XXXIV – Time to Rise from A Child’s Garden of Verses
Art-Finished the Flag on Canvas project at the Homeschool Group
Music/P.E.-Music in Motion at the Homeschool group
Science-Hand-on Owl lesson with Worksheet at the Homeschool Group

Wednesday
History-Read “The Miller of the Dee” from Fifty Famous Stories Retold
Language Arts-Copy Work for “The Cock and the Fox” from Aesop’s Fables
Literature-Read “The Cock and the Fox” from Aesop’s Fables; Read Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs; Read Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge.
Quiz-Took the quiz for Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge from www.BookAdventure.com
Math-Miquon Math Worksheet Pgs. E-13 through E16 and Boardwork (Elements)
Science-Discuss Scientific Method
Movie-Watched Shiloh

Thursday
History-Read “Sir Philip Sidney” from Fifty Famous Stories Retold
Language Arts-Copy Work for “The Hare and the Tortoise” from Aesop’s Fables
Literature-Read “The Hare and the Tortoise” from Aesop’s Fables; Read Sam and the Lucky Money; Ouch!; Thank You, Mr. Falker and Guji Guji
Math-Miquon Math Worksheet Pgs. E17 through E-25
Poetry-Read XXXVII – From a Railway Carriage and XXXVI – Fairy Bread from A Child’s Garden of Verses
Personal/Silent Reading-Read Camera Book: The Very Strong Man; The Missing Piece and BSK: Frankenstein Doesn’t Slam Hockey Pucks
Quiz-Took the quiz for BSK: Frankenstein Doesn’t Slam Hockey Pucks from www.BookAdventure.com

 

A Sneak Peak into our Week…..

 

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As of February 14, 2008, Book It! (r) has opened it’s enrollment to Homeschoolers!!  YEAH!!  Thank You, Book It!

You can enroll NOW for the 2008/2009 school year.  All the festivities kick off ono October 1, 2008. 

I don’t wanna have to wait until then, in order to reward Boo for all her hard work.  I printed off the “Reading is Yummy” Reproducible, and will use it as our mothly goal form.  If she can read 10 books ON HER OWN TIME, I will take her out for a personal pan pizza each month. 

Anyway, if you are interested, just head on over to their site: Book It! for more details!  ENJOY!!

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First, before everyone gets their panties in a twist…..California is NOT changing their laws – – they are UPHOLDING them – – BIG DIFFERENCE!!! Second, the CHILDREN’S LAWYER (or GAL) was requesting that the CHILDREN go to public school (as it would be in THEIR best interest).  That is the JOB of the Guardian Ad Lithum (GAL), in cases that involve children in courts.Third, the first set of judges stated that they would NOT require homeschooling BECAUSE of the parent’s RIGHT to homeschool.  The CHILDREN’S GAL appealed to the CA Supreme Court…..as a matter of LEGAL ERROR.  (BTW, you can not just appeal at whim.  It must fall within TWO categries…..legal error is one of them.)Fourth, a judge CAN order a child to compulsory public school attendance- – particularly if the child is in the state’s custody.  For example, in the state of Kansas, it is (of course) legal to homeschool; however, my oldest daughter is COURT ORDERED to public school and MUST attend EVERY DAY!  That does NOT make it illegal to homeschool in KS – – it only makes it illegal for HER to homeschool.  (At this time.)  Even with one child COURT ORDERED to attend public school; I am exercising my right to homeschool my youngest child.  

Fifth,  if I understand, the ruling, it states: “It is clear to us that enrollment and attendance in a public full time day school is required by California law for minor children unless,” said the appellate court, “(1) the child is enrolled in a private full-time day school and actually attends that private school, (2) the child is tutored by a person holding a valid state teaching credential for the grade being taught, or (3) one of the other few statutory exemptions to compulsory public school attendance (Ed. Code, § 48220 et seq.) applies to the child.”

The key word above is: unless. And the key phrase is one of the other few statutory exemptions to compulsory public school attendance.

Here is “One of the other few statutory exemptions”:
Qualify as a Private School by filing an annual affidavit with the Superintendent of Public Instruction between October 1 and 15.

If you are interested in all the other statutory exemptions, you can find them HERE and HERE

Perhaps I am stupid….but, I do NOT see where the judge(s) outlawed homeschooling in CA. As a matter of fact, they clearly upheld homeschooling “as one of the few statutory exemptions.”

If you are interested in reading the actual court documents that discusses the barest bones of the CA family and the CA ruling,  click: Court Documents

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Monday
Monday was super-busy. I planned a little in advance (which I normally don’t do….LOL) for Dr. Seuss’s Birthday “celebration” at www.bookadventure.com; where they were giving an extra 50 points for reading a Dr. Seuss book, PLUS double points on all books being tested. (At first, I just thought the double points was for the first book tested – – so, I added a couple more an extra book that was scheduled for Tuesday.)

Brownie Patch-Make Dough Shapes
Geography-Locate country on globe and www.googlemaps.com for postcard being sent out.
History/SS-Read “The White Ship” from Fifty Famous Stories Retold and Dr. Seuss Worksheet.
Language Arts-Copy Work for “The Wolf and the Kid” from Aesop’s Fables and Copy Work for the postcard.
Literature-Read “How the Whale got His Throat” from Just So Stories; “The Wolf and the Kid” from Aesop’s Fables; Brave Irene; Knots on a Counting Rope; Horton Hatches the Egg; and Shiloh Chapters 5 and 6.
Book Quiz-“How the Whale got His Throat” from Just So Stories; Brave Irene; Knots on a Counting Rope and Horton Hatches the Egg.
Math-Properties of 10 (Board Work) and Miquon Pages A-19 to A-24.
Poetry-Read XXIX – The Sun’s Travels from A Child’s Garden of Verses
Science-Read and completed worksheet about Whales.

Tuesday
History/SS-Read “Three Men of Gotham” from Fifty Famous Stories Retold.
Language Arts-Copy Work for “The Young Mouse, the Cock and the Cat” from Aesop’s Fables.
Literature-Read “The Young Mouse, the Cock and the Cat” from Aesop’s Fables
Math-Miquon Pages C-1 to C-4
Poetry-Read XXX – The Lamplighter from A Child’s Garden of Verses
Homeschool Group-Paint on Canvas (Flag); Music/P.E.-Action Songs (at least 45 minutes)

Wednesday
Brownie Patch/Math-Finish requirements for Numbers and Shapes Patch
History/SS-Listened to “King John and the Abbot” from Fifty Famous Stories Retold
Language Arts-Copy Work for “The Vain Jackdaw” from
Aesop’s Fables
Literature-Read/Listened to “The Vain Jackdaw” from Aesop’s Fables; A Bad Case of Stripes; Me and My Cat; Recycle! and Shiloh Chapters 7 to 10
Book Quiz-Leprechauns Don’t Play Basketball and A Bad Case of Stripes
Math-Number Line (Board Work) and Miquon Pages C-5to C-10
Poetry-Read XXXI – My Bed is a Boat from A Child’s Garden of Verses

Thursday
Brownie Patch/Math-Math Fun
History/SS-Read “The Story of Robin Hood” from Fifty Famous Stories Retold
Language Arts-Copy Work for “Belling the Cat” from Aesop’s Fables
Literature-Read “Belling the Cat” from Aesop’s Fables; Somebody Loves You Mr. Hatch and Shiloh Chapters 11-13
Math-Subtraction with Block Proof and Miquon Pages C-111, C-11a and D-1 to D-4
Poetry-Read XXXII – The Moon from A Child’s Garden of Verses

Here is our week in Pictures…..

 

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The Story of Stuff…

I thought this might be interesting for those of you who are studying recycling, consumption, etc. 

THE STORY OF STUFF

Watch this 20 minute presentation of the story of all our STUFF!!  ENJOY!!

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