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Irish Twins!

Modelling their new jammies from Hanna Andersson.  I love their stuff but my goodness are they expensive when you consider they actually charge tax and shipping (hey, I'm spoilt!).  They also use some weird metric system for sizing so you almost have to have some of their clothing to make a good guess as to what size to order next time.  Rose is this bitty little thing, but she is wearing size 140 and it barely fits.  According to their size chart, Woodjie is wearing something that would fit a 13-year-old.  He's eight.

Bleach "Miracle" Cure Seller Convicted.

It's amazing that some parents actually make their kids drink bleach in the hopes of curing their autism.  I've seen the pictures of bits of intestine these little children have passed with their fecal matter.  It's horrifying.  So there is some good news released today by the Justice Department that at least one person marketing this crap has been convicted for selling "Miracle Mineral Solution" using false claims:

"The government presented evidence that (Louis Daniel) Smith instructed consumers to combine MMS with citric acid to create chlorine dioxide, add water and drink the resulting mixture.  Chlorine dioxide is a potent agent used to bleach textiles, among other industrial applications.  Chlorine dioxide is a severe respiratory and eye irritant that can cause nausea, diarrhea and dehydration.  Smith provided instructions for use of his product including that nausea, diarrhea and vomiting were all signs that the miracle cure was working."


Virtual Charter Students Learn Less!

A new Stanford study says so!

Yeah, right.

Ok, first off?  You can't measure "learning" by the state test.  And then?  You can't compare some hypothetically average student (made by comparing all state scores into some weird amalgam "average") to a kid in the charter.  You'd need to compare that student to the students in the public school which he'd attend ordinarily.

Also?  I could have a freaking brilliant teen who hates school and is ready to drop out.  Let's pretend hypothetically for a moment that he "learns less" in the charter.  The charter is still in my opinion a wild success if it keeps the child from becoming a hobo without a degree.  My little hobo?  Will have a degree, darnit!

Lies, damn lies and statistics.  Responses on the Joanne Jacobs blog were pretty skeptical as well.  Interestingly, Jay P. Greene has come out with an article showing that virtual schools in Arizona far outperform traditional brick and mortar schoo…

Maybe it Isn't You. Maybe the Questions are Messed-Up.

Wiggledy word problems don't do anything to help children reason and learn.  It isn't even really a math problem. 

So. There are 34 students in a given class.  Twenty of them do track and 18 jump rope.  How many do both?

I'm guessing 18 do both because 14 students don't feel like doing any work at all.

Additional questions in my head:

1.  Why is Tom even introduced?  Is he a gym teacher?  A child?  Who is Tom?

2.  Don't these people know anything?  One oughtn't begin a sentence with a number if it's at all avoidable.

3.  How many of the possible right answers are acceptable to the real teacher grading this assignment?

Royals Fever!

Royals Fans are Losing It for these Knitted *Ugly Christmas Baseball Sweaters* These will SELL OUT Early like they did...Posted by Royals Fans on Friday, October 23, 2015
The pic above is some random ad that appeared on my facebook page. I thought it was... ugly.  I live just outside Kansas City and most people around town are now dressed in... stuff not much different from this.

Jesse James Farm!

The Frost Bible

Clearly, the publisher is trying to milk the hysteria surrounding the Frozen movie.  It's a Bible, folks.  No witches with super-frosty magical powers here!  I haven't run across Elsa and her little snowman friend, or anything even vaguely wintry in this book.  In fact, I don't think it snowed anywhere in the Bible at all.  Lemme know if you find a passage; that would be useful to look at during Christmas time because why not?

So that aside, it is a beautiful Bible for all the scripturally unrelated hype.  And if you have a little girl who likes snowflakes and wintry stuff and might like a Bible for Christmas?  This is your book, right here.

It's the International Children's Bible, a full 1312 pages and a hardcover book at that.  Hefty.  The suggested age range is from seven to ten, but I find it would be suitable for anyone who can read well, perhaps third grade and up.

I think calling it a "children's Bible" is not really a fair description.  It&#…

HUMAN DNA Found in Hot Dogs!

According to a USA Today report, it's in a "very small percentage" of hot dogs.  I'm not sure what that means.  Human DNA could be on my cheeseburger because someone touched the bun to pop it on the burger, or sliced my tomato.  How much DNA are we talking about?  If ground-up Chinese political prisoners turn out to be an integral part of the doggie, of course that's pretty barftastic.  If it's like, five skin cells from the factory worker on the assembly line, I have lots of other stuff to worry about.

Dollarydoos: New Australian Currency!

"Due to global commodity prices plummeting, the Australian economy is struggling. That's why we need something to stimulate the Australian economy and that something is changing the name of the Australian currency to 'Dollarydoos'. This will make millions of people around the world want to get their hands on some Australian currency due to the real life Simpsons reference, driving up the value of the Australian currency." -- Petition on

It's actually gathered over 60,000 signatures!  Is yours next?

Homeschooling Update!

Emperor is plowing through his First Form Latin.  He has a list of 50 commonly used Latin verbs from the teacher at the local high school, and instructions to finish First Form Latin and a good deal of our Second Form Latin before entering high school as a freshman next year.  If he gets the four verb forms she wants finished, and does well on his NLE exam this year, no reason he can't begin a year ahead in Latin II as a full-time public high school student.  But it's a lot of work.  Emperor is taking it very seriously.

Woodjie and Rose have really been working hard on our spelling, but you wouldn't know it.  For some reason, both children are allergic to putting two m's in "hammer" or spelling "people" correctly.  We've been on the same word list for a month but I don't feel ok about moving on until it's mastered, ya know? 

We're also reading Farmer Boy as part of our studies.  Today, the little children got to hear about sheep…

Only Selfish People Would Skip Church.

Because obviously, there can't be another reason.

Articles like this are rathermuch like a thin person writing, "Fat people are just selfish and eat too much!" Well, maybe a good number are and do. But maybe it's a little more complex than that for a large minority of obese folks. People would do well to know more about someone before making a pronouncement like that. 

 I think I'd rather be called selfish than hang out with a blowhard like the writer. That saves me two hours every Sunday and Wednesday I could be doing other things.  I'm thinking cleaning the mould out of the crevices of my shower brings more glory to God, thanks.  :)

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My New Low-Carb Diet

If you have diabetes, pre-diabetes or insulin resistance, not only is what you eat important, but how much and when.  The goal is to get your blood sugar manageable and with as few large spikes as possible throughout the day.  So that means that starving all day and eating a pizza at night with your buddies, even if you are staying under your total daily allowances?  Is a bad, bad idea.  Long-term, you're going to hurt yourself like that.

So.  It's a real lifestyle change because you're eating smaller meals, not the big ol' sit-down, "let's talk for three hours over dinner" type of dining. And you must take a break from your work routine to eat at regular intervals, even if it seems other things around you are far more important or urgent at that moment.  That's way harder than it sounds, and I stay home all day and do "nothing," ok? But smaller meals spaced throughout the day, along with an overall diet low in carbohydrates is going to help…

Don't Eat That.

Whenever I would ask about my doctors and other specialists about my high "normal" fasting blood sugar, I'd get a pat on the head and an, "it's normal, buh-bye!" sort of response.  My new endocrinologist does not play that.  I've now been diagnosed with "insulin resistance" and been prescribed metformin and a low-carb diet.

Which, those are nasty, fish-smelling horse pills, but I'm doing this.

I'm juuuust a smidge in the "normal" range but very close to being diagnosed as a prediabetic.  Of course further up the scale is the diabetic.  You know, where you get to prick your finger and squeeze blood everywhere 88 times a day, give yourself shots like a crazy junkie, and have to listen to ads by Wilford Brimley.  Not where I want to wind up.

Previously, I gained insane amounts of weight on a diet.  Apparently having hypothyroidism and insulin resistance will do that to you.  Now?  I have finally, finally lost 10 pounds.  Looking…

The Beginner's Bible: A Christmas Celebration

When this book came up for review, I snapped it up right away.  I also bought an extra copy because I knew from reviewing this ZonderKidz series in the past that it was going to be a good one, and I wanted to be sure both of my smallest children had their own.  The Christmas Celebration Sticker and Activity Book didn't disappoint.

It's a fun gift you'll want to put into little hands this Christmas season, or for the weeks leading up to Christmas.  I could easily see this sticker book occupying a small child during a Christmas service.  

The same sort of happy, simple pictures your children have come to appreciate in the other activity books is in this one as well.  It features activities such as "helping" the shepherds find the Baby Jesus, find the difference, colouring and place the sticker where it belongs games.  It's 16 pages long and super-glossy.

It's definitely a religious text.  You won't find Christmas trees or Santa or anything like that.  …

Crazytown Chronicles: Bullying is Good for Autistic Children!

It's a perk, even.  It increases your child's "life skills," encourages creative problem solving, helps build healthy relationships... the list just goes on and on! 

"With your help, your child can take a negative force and turn it into a positive experience!" writes Karen Kabaki-Sisto.  Her article proudly states that she's been "helping" her clients for well over 20 years!  Yippee!

Next week, maybe she can discuss how torture is pretty doggone great.  I mean, think of all the lessons in perseverance and good character one can learn from all that.

Go to the Carnival!

Here's one of the longest-standing homeschool blog carnivals on the internet.  This month my buddy A. Hermitt has set up the rides and is running the cotton candy booth, so you'll want to pop on over and check out all the posts!  Meet new people!  Read new ideas!  That sort of thing. 

Do you want one of your posts published in the next carnival?  Directions for submissions are right here.

Men in Women's Bathrooms

What's your thoughts on this? #prop1 #vote
Posted by Majic 102.1 on Friday, October 9, 2015

Actually, I don't have a problem with it.  Do you know how hard it is to have an older autistic child who cannot go into the bathroom with you?  And yet, he's independent to the point where taking him to one of those single-toilet-and-sink "family" restrooms is too much of an invasion of his privacy (and mine, if I need to go).

What I do have a problem with is stalker, rapist-y men hiding out in the women's bathroom, and then pretending they're suddenly having an identity crisis if and when they're confronted.

In my opinion, the whole "let transgender people use the restroom of the gender they identify with" argument isn't even about transgender people.  Because guess what.  Truly transgender people make a pretty big effort to pass and you're probably not going to know.  It's not a lifestyle I agree with, but I'm just saying.

I think…

Outdoor Time!

This is the time of year we take plenty of field trips and spend time out of doors.  Pretty soon, it will be too cold to do so comfortably.

The children have hunted up little bugs and worms in the yard and they're patiently waiting for the leaves to turn.  (It hasn't happened yet!)

We're also making liberal use of the Nerf guns I got for super-cheap on one of those Amazon flash sales.  Loaded up on foam bullets as well.  I keep them all in a large plastic Cheez-Ball container by the front door near the bubbles.  This way when it's time to play, we can grab stuff and go! 

Homeschooling Woodjie.

Woodjie will be nine in about two months and he's autistic.  If he were in public school, he would be in third grade.  I'm showing you some of his best, most neat work.  He really works hard in homeschool.  I accept his best job, certainly, and I do try going over the answers with him and doing corrections.  I always want to encourage him.

It bothers his little sister Rose a bit that she has to do harder work, and more of it.  But I make a great effort to give them assignments that would take about the same amount of time.  Often I will have one child do Reading or English while the other plays Timez Attack or chess on the computer.