Archive for October, 2008

Welcome Heidi , here is your handwriting analysis.

 Heidi is moderately outgoing. Her emotions are stirred by sympathy and heart rendering stories. In fact, she can be kind, friendly, affectionate and considerate of others. She has the ability to put herself into the other person’s shoes.

Heidi will be somewhat moody, with highs and lows. Sometimes she will be happy, the next day she might be sad. She has the unique ability to get along equally well with what psychology calls introverts and extroverts. This is because she is in between. Psychology calls Heidi an ambivert. She understands the needs of both types. Although they get along, she will not tolerate anyone that is too “far out.” She doesn’t sway too far one way or the other.

When convincing her to buy a product or an idea, a heart rendering story could mean a great deal to her. She puts herself in the same situation as the person in the story, yet she will not buy anything that seems overly impractical or illogical. Heidi is an expressive person. She outwardly shows her emotions. She may even show traces of tears when hearing a sad story.

Heidi is a “middle-of-the-roader,” politically as well as logically. She weighs both sides of an issue, sits on the fence, and then will decide when she finally has to. She basically doesn’t relate to any far out ideas and usually won’t go to the extreme on any issue.

 People that write their letters in an average height and average size are moderate in their ability to interact socially. According to the data input, Heidi doesn’t write too large or too small, indicating a balanced ability to be social and interact with others.

 Heidi will be candid and direct when expressing her opinion. She will tell them what she thinks if they ask for it, whether they like it or not. So, if they don’t really want her opinion, don’t ask for it!

 In reference to Heidi’s mental abilities, she has a very investigating and creating mind. She investigates projects rapidly because she is curious about many things. She gets involved in many projects that seem good at the beginning, but she soon must slow down and look at all the angles. She probably gets too many things going at once. When Heidi slows down, then she becomes more creative than before. Since it takes time to be creative, she must slow down to do it. She then decides what projects she has time to finish. Thus she finishes at a slower pace than when she started the project.

She has the best of two kinds of minds. One is the quick investigating mind. The other is the creative mind. Her mind thinks quick and rapidly in the investigative mode. She can learn quicker, investigate more, and think faster. Heidi can then switch into her low gear. When she is in the slower mode, she can be creative, remember longer and stack facts in a logical manner. She is more logical this way and can climb mental mountains with a much better grip.

 Heidi is a practical person whose goals are planned, practical, and down to earth. This is typical of people with normal healthy self-esteem. She needs to visualize the end of a project before she starts. she finds joy in anticipation and planning. Notice that I said she plans everything she is going to do, that doesn’t necessarily mean things go as planned. Heidi basically feels good about herself. She has a positive self-esteem which contributes to her success. She feels she has the ability to achieve anything she sets her mind to. However, she sets her goals using practicality– not too “out of reach”. She has enough self-confidence to leave a bad situation, yet, she will not take great risks, as they relate to her goals. A good esteem is one key to a happy life. Although there is room for improvement in the confidence catagery, her self-perception is better than average.

 Heidi has a healthy imagination and displays a fair amount of trust. She lets new people into her circle of friends. She uses her imagination to understand new ideas, things, and people.

What does your writing say about you??
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I snatched this from one of the sites that I read (incognito)….Thanks, Angela!!  (Oh, and I love your blog.)  🙂

Author Unknown

Two women meet at a playground, where their children are swinging andplaying ball. The women are sitting on a bench watching. Eventually, they begin to talk.

W1: Hi. My name is Maggie. My kids are the three in red shirts—helps me
keep track of them.

W2: (Smiles) I’m Terri. Mine are in the pink and yellow shirts. Do you come
here a lot?

W1: Usually two or three times a week, after we go to the library.

W2: Wow. Where do you find the time?

W1: We home school, so we do it during the day most of the time.

W2: Some of my neighbors home school, but I send my kids to public school.

W1: How do you do it?

W2: It’s not easy. I go to all the PTO meetings and work with the kids every
day after school and stay real involved.

W1: But what about socialization? Aren’t you worried about them being cooped
up all day with kids their own ages, never getting the opportunity for
natural relationships?

W2: Well, yes. But I work hard to balance that. They have some friends
who’re home schooled, and we visit their grandparents almost every month.

W1: Sounds like you’re a very dedicated mom. But don’t you worry about all
the opportunities they’re missing out on? I mean they’re so isolated from
real life—how will they know what the world is like—what people do to
make a living—how to get along with all different kinds of people?

W2: Oh, we discussed that at PTO, and we started a fund to bring real people
into the classrooms. Last month, we had a policeman and a doctor come in to
talk to every class. And next month, we’re having a woman from Japan and a
man from Kenya come to speak.

W1: Oh, we met a man from Japan in the grocery store the other week, and he
got to talking about his childhood in Tokyo. My kids were absolutely
fascinated. We invited him to dinner and got to meet his wife and their
three children.

W2: That’s nice. Hmm. Maybe we should plan some Japanese food for the
lunchroom on Multicultural Day.

W1: Maybe your Japanese guest could eat with the children.

W2: Oh, no. She’s on a very tight schedule. She has two other schools to
visit that day. It’s a system-wide thing we’re doing.

W1: Oh, I’m sorry. Well, maybe you’ll meet someone interesting in the
grocery store sometime and you’ll end up having them over for dinner.

W2: I don’t think so. I never talk to people in the store—certainly not
people who might not even speak my language. What if that Japanese man
hadn’t spoken English?

W1: To tell you the truth, I never had time to think about it. 
Before I even saw him, my six-year-old had asked him what he was going to do
with all the oranges he was buying.

W2: Your child talks to strangers?

W1: I was right there with him. He knows that as long as he’s with me, he
can talk to anyone he wishes.

W2: But you’re developing dangerous habits in him. My children never talk to

W1: Not even when they’re with you?

W2: They’re never with me, except at home after school. So you see why it’s
so important for them to understand that talking to strangers is a big

W1: Yes, I do. But if they were with you, they could get to meet interesting
people and still be safe. They’d get a taste of the real world, in real
settings. They’d also get a real feel for how to tell when a situation is
dangerous or suspicious.

W2: They’ll get that in the third and fifth grades in their health courses.

W1: Well, I can tell you’re a very caring mom. Let me give you my number—if
you ever want to talk, give me call. It was good to meet you.

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I took this cool Art Test and realized almost immediately that in many of the choices presented, I liked two equally.  So, I decided to do two tests.  I think it is pretty accurate, in that I am a good mixture of BOTH!!  🙂

Your result for What Your Taste in Art Says About You Test…

Extroverted, Progressive, and Intelligent

12 Cubist, -12 Islamic, -12 Ukiyo-e, 2 Impressionist, 8 Abstract and -25 Renaissance!

Cubism was a 20th century avant-garde movement, pioneered by Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque. It revolutionized European art and inspired changes in music and literature. The first branch of cubism, known as Analytic Cubism. It was both radical and influential as a short but highly significant art movement between 1908 and 1911 mainly in France. In its second phase, Synthetic Cubism, (using synthetic materials in the art) the movement spread and remained vital until around 1919.

People that chose Cubist paintings as their favorite art form tend to be very individualized people. They are more extroverted and less afraid of speaking their opinions then other people. They tend to be progressive and are very forward thinking. As the cubist painting is like looking into a shattered mirror where you can see different angles of the images, the people that prefer these paintings like looking at all angles of a problem. These people are intelligent and they are the transformers of our generation. They look beyond what is seen into what things could become. They are ready to leave the ideas of the past behind and look at what the future has to offer.

Take What Your Taste in Art Says About You Test at HelloQuizzy


Your result for What Your Taste in Art Says About You Test…

Balanced, Secure, and Realistic.

29 Impressionist, 13 Islamic, 1 Ukiyo-e, -34 Cubist, -33 Abstract and 13 Renaissance!

Impressionism is a movement in French painting, sometimes called optical realism because of its almost scientific interest in the actual visual experience and effect of light and movement on appearance of objects. Impressionist paintings are balanced, use colored shadows, use pure color, broken brushstrokes, thick paint, and scenes from everyday life or nature.

People that like Impressionist paintings may not alway be what is deemed socially acceptable. They tend to move on their own path without always worrying that it may be offensive to others. They value friendships but because they also value honesty tend to have a few really good friends. They do not, however, like people that are rude and do not appreciate the ideas of others. They are secure enough in themselves that they can listen to the ideas of other people without it affecting their own final decisions. The world for them is not black and white but more in shades of grey and muted colors. They like things to be aestically pleasing, not stark and sharp. There are many ways to view things, and the impresssionist personality views the world from many different aspects. They enjoy life and try to keep a realistic viewpoint of things, but are not very open to new experiences. If they are content in their live they will be more than likely pleased to keep things just the way they are.

Take What Your Taste in Art Says About You Test at HelloQuizzy

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“Hold the globe up to a funhouse mirror and you’ll get a sense of what the Atlas of the Real World’s all about: Here, you’ll find a series of global maps, all of which reshape countries according to various demographic rankings.

Take housing prices: On that map, Western Europe is as big as — well — a house, but Africa barely registers. India and China rule the rails (hence their plump presence on the trains map), while the U.S. dominates the skies. Which country is just bursting with mopeds? Greece is the word! China was the richest country 2,000 years ago — and according the projected 2015 map, it’ll be the richest country in the world again soon. And anyone who’s nostalgic for the Cold War can take comfort in the nuclear-weapons map: The U.S. and Russia are as massive as they ever were.” – – VSL


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Michelle at My Blessed Home posted this really great tutorial video “How-To” on Electing the US President.  I am SUPER excited about this, as we are studying how the government works PLUS covering the Presidential Election!!  Thanks, Michelle!!  🙂

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“Alex Ross’s The Rest Is Noise is that rare music book that teaches you how to hear — and feel — in entirely new ways. Now Ross has turned the book’s website into something more than a promotional device: Augmented with 300 audio and video files, it’s become a wonderfully convenient, stand-alone resource for those of us who’d love to learn about classical music by listening but wouldn’t know how or where to begin.

Divided into 3 parts and 15 chapters, the site proceeds chronologically, from Mahler and Strauss to bebop, rock, and modern composers you’ll actually like (we’ve grown especially fond of Argentina’s Osvaldo Golijov). Ross has also posted a dictionary of musical terms (it, too, has illustrative audio files) and an iTunes playlist you can download and listen to as you, for instance, trace the connection between Xenakis’s “Metastasis” (we’d never heard of it either) and the Beatles’ “Revolution #9.” If you want to know how and why the music you hear affects you — or even if you’re looking to impress your next date to a concert — this genius site is just the thing for you.” – – VSL


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“Mark Oliver Everett is a bona fide rock star and the son of a physicist, Hugh Everett III, who was also father to the theory of multiple worlds. The scientist died when the son was 19; for Mark (who flunked out of ninth-grade algebra), Hugh Everett became even more of a mystery than the formulas he left behind. And when Mark set out to understand his father, and his father’s work, he took a camera crew along with him.

The resulting BBC4 documentary — which makes its American debut on PBS next Tuesday — is a tearjerker that doubles as an excellent primer on quantum theory. The science is fascinating. The structure is simple (Mark retraces his father’s career, meeting friends and colleagues and conducting experiments designed to illustrate his father’s ideas). But the story itself becomes more complex, and more compelling, as we learn more about the Everett clan. (“In her suicide note, she wrote that she was going off to meet her father in a parallel universe,” Mark says, recalling his late sister, Liz; Mark also survived his mother, who died of cancer in 1998, and his cousin Jennifer, who was a stewardess on the 9/11 Flight 77.) Mark’s father never received the recognition he desired, kept the world at arm’s length, and died of a heart attack at the age of 51 (Mark discovered the body). “If he’d had the emotional vocabulary, he’d have been very, very pleased with what you did with your music,” a friend of his tells Mark. But if Hugh Everett was right — that every possibility does, in fact, play out in any number of parallel universes — then somewhere out there, he is.” – – VSL

Watch Online at: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/manyworlds/ 

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Ponder for 10/24/2008

A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.
– Anonymous

Friendship is one mind in two bodies.
– Mencius

True friendship is like sound health; the value of it is seldom known until it be lost.
– Charles Caleb Colton

Practically all governments of history have used their exclusive power to issue money to defraud and plunder the people.
– Friedrich von Hayek
Don’t worry about avoiding temptation…As you grow older, it will avoid you.
– Winston Churchill
A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.  
– George Bernard Shaw
Love is friendship caught on fire. 
Even if you fall on your face, you’re still moving forward.  
– Conan O’Brien (Harvard Commencement Address)
There is always someone worse off than yourself.
– Aesop
A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.

– Henry Adams
One should forgive one’s enemies, but not before they are hanged.
– Heintich Heine

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Geography-Pgs. 18 & 19 from Beginning Maps and Globes
History/Social Studies-Read Little Firefly: An Algonquian Legend; N.C. Wyeth’s Pilgrims; pgs. 58-59 and Lesson 2 Review from States and Regions Movies: Pocahontas: Ambassador of the New World and American History for Children: Early Settlers
Math-Math-U-See-Lesson 13 on DVD and pgs. 13A and 13D
Quiz (www.BookAdventure.com)-Little Firefly: An Algonquian Legend; N.C. Wyeth’s Pilgrims
Science-Read Pgs. 34 & 35 from
Discover Science and pgs. 10& 11 from Science in Colonial America; Experiment: Taking Color from Leaves

Geography-Pgs. 20 & 21 from Beginning Maps and Globes
Girl Scout Patch -Movies: Exploring Communities Long Ago; Exploring Communities Alike and Different; Exploring Communities and Geography
History/Social Studies-Read Buffalo Woman; TAA: The Mayflower Adventure; pgs. 60-62 from States and Regions
Math-Math-U-See-Lesson 14 on DVD and pgs. 14A and 14D
Personal/Silent Reading-
MTH: Revolutionary War on Wednesday
Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now!; My Daddy is A Giant; The Birthday Moon; I Can Share with Others;
Quiz (www.BookAdventure.com)-Buffalo Woman; MTH: Revolutionary War on Wednesday; Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now!
Science-Read Pgs. 36 & 37 and Lesson Practice Questions from
Discover Science and pgs. 12-15 from Science in Colonial America; Experiment: Taking Color from Leaves

Homeschool Co-op

Geography-Pgs. 22 & 23 from Beginning Maps and Globes
Girl Scout Patch -Movies: Food Safari: Breakfast
History/Social Studies-Read 1620 ~ The Wanderers from The American Story; Star Boy; Adopted by the Eagles; Her Seven Brothers; and pgs. 63 & 64 from States and Regions. Lesson Review (States and Regions) Movie: Great Indian Leaders and Nations
Math-Math-U-See-Lesson 15 (DVD) and pgs. 15A and 15D
Reading-The Runaway Bunny; Roger on His Own; Mrs. Brice’s Mice; Peter, Good Night
Quiz (www.BookAdventure.com)-
Her Seven Brothers; The Runaway Bunny; Mrs. Brice’s Mice
Science-Read pgs. 38-40 and Experiment on pg. 41 from
Discover Science and pgs. 16-19 from Science in Colonial America

Geography-Pgs. 24 & 25 from Beginning Maps and Globes
Girl Scout Patch -Movies: Food Safari: Breakfast
History/Social Studies-Read 1626 ~ A Manhattan Real Estate Deal from The American Story; Buffalo Music; Brother Eagle, Sister Sky; Movies: Geronimo and the Apache Resistance; The Spirit of Crazy Horse; Seasons of the Navajo
Math-Math-U-See-pgs. 15B and 15E
Reading-Understanding Sam and Asperger Syndrome; All Things Bright and Beautiful; Ferryboat; Being Responsible; Mommies at Work; My Mom; First the Egg; Mog’s Mumps; I Love You As Much….;
Quiz (www.BookAdventure.com)-
Her Seven Brothers; The Runaway Bunny; Mrs. Brice’s Mice
Science-Complete assignments from yesterday

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Math-Math-U-See-Lesson 10 DVD and Worksheets 10A and 10D
– Read Before Columbus; The Double Life of Pocahontas; Buffalo Song; Crazy Horse’s Vision
Science-Read Pg. 17 and Practice pgs. 16, 17 & 23 from Discover Science

Geography-Pgs. 14 & 15 from Beginning Maps and Globes
History/Social Studies-Read Squanto and the First Thanksgiving and pgs. 52-54 from States and Regions
Math-Math-U-See-Lesson 11 on DVD and Worksheets 11A and 11D

Math-Math-U-See-Lesson 12 on DVD and Pgs. 12A & 12D
Why We Have Thanksgiving; Thanks for Thanksgiving; Thankfulness
Science-Chapter 1 Test from Discover Science
Field Trip-Meet and Greet with Children’s Book Author Cheryl Harness

Geography-Pgs. 16 & 17 from Beginning Maps and Globes
History/Social Studies-Read Following Indian Trails; The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush; Movies: Odyssey: Myths and Moundbuilders and Pocahontas Revealed: Nova
Math-Math-U-See-Pgs. 12B and 12E
Reading-Annie and the Wild Animals; If you’re not from the prairie…..
Quiz (www.BookAdventure.com)-
Annie and the Wild Animals; If you’re not from the prairie…..
Science-Pgs. 30 & 31 Identification Charts from
Discover Science

History/Social Studies-Read The Story of Sequoyah; Hiawatha; Native American Look Book and pgs. 54-57 from States and Regions
Math-Math-U-See-Pgs. 12C and 12F

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