Archive for May, 2008

Apparently, I made the contest too ‘hard’ – – so I will revise it. 

If you wanna win this book, just leave a link to your site in the comments section.  The contest will run until June 6th and I will announce a winner by June 8th.

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 At lunch this afternoon, Sassy Sissy says to Boo, “You were such a cute baby. **pause** What happened?”

Without missing a beat, Boo tilts her head, and says, “You know, I have wondered the very same thing, myself.”

KA-PLOW!! She’s been shut down!

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Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to
hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence.
– Albert Einstein

Laws are often made by fools, and even more often by men who fail in equity because they hate equality: but always by men, vain authorities who
can resolve nothing.
– Michel de Montaigne

The clock of life is wound but once, and no man has the power to tell just when the hands will stop. At late or early hour now is the only time you own.
Live, love, toil with a will, Place no faith in time. For the clock may soon be still….”
– Easy ” Eddy O’Hare (murdered by Al Capone)

Truth is the most valuable thing we have, so let us economize it.
– Mark Twain

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live
With all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner
Sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.  
– Foster C. McClellan
Many risks fail because they were not taken in time. Too many risks
Are postponed until unnecessarily elaborate preparations are made.
This does not mean that one should say, ‘Damn the torpedoes, full
Speed ahead!’ That is foolish and self-destructive… But don’t sit
Back waiting for the perfect moment. It almost never comes.  
– David Viscott
Criticize the act, not the person.  
– Mary Kay Ash
A man with outward courage dares to die. A man with inward courage
Dares to live.  
– Lao-Tzu

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The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
– Winston Churchill

It’s the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief  becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.
– Claude M. Bristol

If you don’t go after what you want, never have it, If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step forward, always in the same place.
– Nora Roberts

Democracy is two wolves and a lamb deciding what to have for dinner. Liberty is a well-armed Lamb.
– Benjamin Franklin

Uncertainty and mystery are energies of life. Don’t let them scare you unduly, for they keep boredom at bay and spark creativity.
– R. I. Fitzhenry

Man is the only animal that laughs and weeps; for he is the only animal that is struck with the difference between what things are and what they might of been.
– William Hazlitt

No such thing as a man willing to be honest, that would be like a blind man willing to see.
– F. Scott Fitzgerald

What happens is not as important as how you react to what happens.
– Thaddeus Golas
I was afraid that by observing objects with my eyes and trying to comprehend them with each of my other senses I might blind my soul altogether.
– Socrates

To be persuasive, we must be believable.
To be believable, we must be credible.
To be credible, we must be truthful.
– Hellmut Walters

You have to hatch ideas and then hitch them.
– Ray D. Everson

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.
– Abraham Lincoln

Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Consider how much more you often suffer from your anger and grief, than from those very things for which you are angry and grieved.
– Marcus Antonius

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“Teleportation and traveling at hyperspeed would be fabulous, but even when we were children, such science-fiction staples struck us as probably, well, impossible. Still, we always imagined that someday we really could have the galactic maps that pop up at the touch of a button in shows like Star Trek. And now, thanks to the Website WikiSky, we can realize our dreams of zooming in on Betelgeuse in glorious detail just by pointing our cursor and commanding, “Make it so!”

Using images compiled from ultra-high-powered telescopes, WikiSky presents an ever-growing visual map of the universe, one that users can update and modify just as they can the more earth-centric Wikipedia. Maybe you’ll appreciate the detailed information, but if you’re like us, you’ll spend most of your time simply gaping at the site’s highlights (helpfully indicated to one side of the home page), such as a magnificent nebula that’s been aptly dubbed the Eye of God.

The Web can’t transport you to deep space (yet!), but staring at close-ups of the sublime Horsehead Nebula is the next-best thing.” – – VSL

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Well, in the last month, I have attended each Chiropractic appointment as scheduled – – which, has kept us “off-track” a little. I have a little more than a month to go.
Also, my oldest, Sassy Sissy, was “found” again – – she was missing for 7 weeks (this time) – – at least she called almost daily – – so I did not have to worry that she was dead. (A couple years ago, when she was missing for 9 weeks, that was not the case – – I had NO idea where she was….). Anyway, her return has also kept us busy with appointments and such. So, even though having her here has upped our appointment schedule, it has also helped with some of the studies – – she is a big help with Boo. (Since I home schooled Sassy a while back, she has a pretty good grasp on “how” we do our thing.)
Bubba was done with public school at the end of May 16
th. I attended his IEP on Monday the 19th, and was sorry to hear that although he was “passing” – – he PURPOSFULLY would not turn in work – – even telling the IEP teacher that he did it just to irritate me. Lovely, huh? This is why I can’t homeschool the boy-child – – it would be bedlam. UUGGHH!! He doesn’t know it yet – – but, he will be spending some time elsewhere this summer – – it has just gotten completely out of control. (The biggest part of the problem is not something that he can really “control” – – and since I am cognizant of this fact, I haven’t throttled him……)
Anyway, there are the update for now – – I will try to get better about them after my Chiropractor appointments are over. I am becoming aware that I tend to deal best with one thing at a time – – I use to think I was a mean-multi-tasker – – but, now…..eh – – it’s all about just completing one thing at a time…


Week of May 5 through May 9, 2008

History – Read “The Barmecide Feast” from Fifty Famous Stories Retold
Language Arts/Literature – Read/Copywork for “The Boy and the Frog” and “The Hare and the Hound” from Aesop’s Fables
Math – Watched “Multiplication Rocks” and Flash Cards (Addition, Subtraction and Multiplication)
P.E. – Riding Bikes, Walking, Trampoline

Week of May 12 through May 16, 2008

Art – Scholastic: Let’s Find Out: What is Pink?;
History –
Read “The Endless Tale” and “The Blind Men and the Elephant” from Fifty Famous Stories Retold
Language Arts/Literature – Read/Copywork “The Ape and the Dolphin” and “The Goat and the Lion” from Aesop’s Fables
Math – Flash Cards (Addition, Subtraction and Multiplication)

Science – Scholastic: Let’s Find Out: Groundhogs!; Scholastic: Let’s Find Out: Toothpaste!
P.E. – Riding Bikes, Walking, Trampoline; Scholastic: Let’s Find Out: Exercise Like Animals!

Week of May 19 through 23, 2008

History – Read “Maximilian and the Goose Boy,” “Whittington and His Cat” and “The Inchcape Rock” from Fifty Famous Stories Retold
Language Arts/Literature – Read/Copywork “The Ploughman and Fortune,” “The Peacock and the Crane,” “The Cats and the Mice” and “The Fox and the Ass” from Aesop’s Fables; Reading Rainbow: If You Give A Mouse A Cookie; Reading Rainbow: The Bionic Bunny Show
Math – Flash Cards (Addition, Subtraction and Multiplication)

Science – Scholastic: Let’s Find Out: Groundhogs!; Scholastic: Let’s Find Out: Toothpaste!
P.E. – Riding Bikes, Walking, Trampoline


Books Read:

Blueberries for Sal
My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother
Kitten’s First Full Moon
Make Way For Ducklings
The Man Who Walked Between the Towers
Joseph Had a Little Overcoat
A Kiss For Little Bear
Little Bear’s Visit
Everything on a Waffle
The Snowy Day
I Took My Frog to the Library
Amelia Bedelia
Junie B. Jones: First Grader: Jingle Bells, Batman
Piper Reed: Navy Brat
Soupy Saturdays with The Pain & The Great One
Ramona Quimby, Age 8
A Hen, A Chick and A String Guitar
The Relatives Came
Doing the Animal Bop
Prilla and the Butterfly Lie
A Masterpiece for Bess
Officer Buckle and Gloria
Mirette on the High Wire
Grandfather’s Journey
Skippyjon Jones and the Big Bones
Imogene’s Antlers
The Ugly Caterpillar
Caps for Sale
Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story from China
Song and Dance Man

Hey, Al
Junie B. Jones: Is a Beauty Shop Guy
The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything
There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly
If You Give A Mouse A Cookie
The Bionic Bunny Show
Owl Moon
Skippyjon Jones In The Dog-House
Curious George
The Glorious Flight

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This week CurrClick is offering the LBC Nature Journal.  I was really excited when I saw “36-Week guide” until I downloaded it – – now I am SUPER glad that I got this for free – – not worth the almost $20. 
For those of you who are fans of the Charlotte Mason Method – – this will probably be right up your alley – – so go snag it now, for FREE…..

From the site: ”

It’s all in one place! A guide to nature journaling and a template for creating your own journal. This 90-page book follows Charlotte Mason’s guidelines, has a 36-week nature journal template, includes tips, suggestions, a bird, tree and mammal observation list and food for thought on the many ways nature study enriches your child’s life. Contains:
Introduction to Nature Study
Finding Delight in Nature Study
Charlotte Mason on Nature Study and “Nature-Diaries”
Better Nature Journaling
Dry Brush Technique for Nature Journals
Instructions for Nature Journal
36-week Nature Journal Template
Bird List
Tree list
Mammal List”


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Tina at JETIHOJA Academy had this great little quiz….of course I had to see what kind of shoe **I** was…..Thanks Tina!


You Are Bare Feet

You are a true free spirit, and you can’t be tied down.

Even wearing shoes can be a little too constraining for you at times!You are very comfortable in your own skin.

You are one of the most real people around. You don’t have anything to hide.

Open and accepting, you are willing to discuss or entertain almost any topic.

You are a very tolerant person. You are accepting and not judgmental.

You should live: Somewhere warm

You should work: At your own business, where you can set the rules

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You will never ‘find’ time for anything. If you want time you must make it.
– Anonymous
An ethical sympathy in an artist is an unpardonable mannerism of style.
– Oscar Wilde

Moral indignation is jealousy with a halo.
-H.G. Wells

Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.
– Theodor Geisel

Every now and then go away, have a little relaxation, for when you come back to your work your judgment will be surer. Go some distance away because then the work appears smaller and more of it can be taken in at a glance and a lack of harmony and proportion is more readily seen.
– Leonardo Da Vinci
It is not the size of a man but the size of his heart that matters.
– Evander Holyfield
Don’t go through life, grow through life.
– Eric Butterworth
One must learn how to lose before learning how to play.
– Mexican Proverb
In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.  
– Albert Schweitzer
Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
There’s no point in burying a hatchet if you’re going to put up a marker on the site.  
– Sydney J. Harris
Those who are lifting the world upward and onward are those who encourage more than criticize.  
– Elizabeth Harrison
The man who follows the crowd will usually get no further than the crowd. The man who walks alone is likely to find himself in places no one has ever been.
– Alan Ashley-Pitt

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Boo has done a LOT of reading (and consequently) a LOT of test taking at Book Adventure. The first prize that she chose was six months of Highlights.

The second prize she chose was an educational {computer} CD called “What’s the Secret (Volume 1)” from Whitney Worldwide Inc. (Shown Below)

The third prize she chose was an autographed book called “The Barefoot Fisherman” by Paul Amdahl. (Shown Below)

We received the CD today (although it was ordered a while back). There was a nice surprise inside. They included an order form for volumes 2 and 3 at $20 off EACH CD. I was struggling to find another prize to use, as she has already done the “cool” ones on the site. I told her that I would use the same amount of points that she “paid” for the first CD.


I would be really interested in some of the parent motivated ideas……

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