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One of the Many (Many!) Reasons I Homeschool

I'm all for a "fun" day here and there but she's right - these entire weeks of having to dress certain ways on certain days are getting ridiculous.  I sure don't miss some of the silly "fun" things one has to do as a public school parent.  Or rather that one is often pressured to do.  Moms and dads just have enough to do making sure homework is done and the kid shows up on time tomorrow, ok?

I do wish schools would self-limit to one "silly" dress-up day per month.  Because it would be a shame to see it all go.  But a whole week of something different to wear (often necessitating a purchase) is a bit much.  And then too, I remember when my children were in elementary school that there were SEVERAL weeks like this as well as "bring in spare gloves on Monday, extra change on Tuesday" and so on little fundraisers.

New Lolly Flavours!

So pretty much every week, we ferry our elderly neighbour about to do some shopping and so on.  She will take me and the little children out to lunch after.  They adore her and call her Oma, which is German for "grandmother."  She grew up in Nazi Germany and can tell stories.  Already, Woodjie has learnt that playing with guns is not a fun thing.  Playing with guns and explosions and bombs and things means that children do not eat.  Oma stuffs the children with sweets and chocolate muffins when we go out to eat, perhaps because she did not get enough when she was a little girl.

One thing Oma does is to swipe handfuls of lollies every time she goes to the bank.  She keeps them in ziploc bags and hands them to me every now and then.  I think growing up very desperate must have an effect on the mind as one ages.  I remember my own grandmother, who lived through the Depression, swiping sugar packets from every restaurant she would visit.  Then she would get them all out on her v…

The Goblin Crown Book Review

The Goblin Crown, first in a series of books by Star Trek: The Next Generation scriptwriter Robert Hewitt Wolfe, begins with the typical "new boy at school" story and quickly spins into a medieval adventure populated by goblins, giant bats, and strange prophecies in a land of war.

Kurt, Billy and Lexi are just regular teens from our world and time who stumble into the middle of the conflict between humans and goblins just as the eye of the prophetic crown begins to glow, heralding the arrival of the Goblin King.  We're introduced to Hop, the friendly but pragmatic veteran.  He believes the prophecies and gambles on leading an insurrection to dethrone General Sawtooth and grab the crown for its rightful king!

Spoiler alert:  when prophecies don't work out as we'd thought, do we still believe?  Do we re-examine the prophecies, consider they may be fulfilled later or differently than we imagine, or do we give up entirely?  This story explores what happens to Hop and…

Why I Used to Send Pop-Tarts to School

I was sitting in the local elementary school office while Woodjie went to speech.

A mom came in to drop off her child's school snack and pay a computer damage fee. Instead of speaking of what a nice lady she is or anything like that after she left, school staff just snickered about the small bag of Chee-tos she brought being a "healthy snack."

Well, let me tell you something.  Packing a "healthy snack" of fruit or veg is easy enough when you've just shopped, but toward the end of the week, not so much.  It's true that there are prepacked baggies of produce that last a fair while, but these are not economical at all.

Parents also need to be sure it's a food that will pack well and not be damaged by snacktime.  So that usually means prepackaged foods.  You can't pack things like curry and rice and not expect a huge mess to come home or for  your child to "accidentally" throw away a very expensive re-useable container.

So often, kids pack th…

The Beginner's Bible, King James Version (KJV)

The Beginner's Bible (KJV) is touted as a child's first "real Bible" and marketed for ages 6-10.  It has pleasant illustrations throughout very similar to the cover you see here.  But aside from the introductory paragraphs added to each book, this is the same King James Version you remember with the words of Christ in red.

What I love about it is that it has large print, but is still quite compact.  It has a hard cover and the illustrations are spaced throughout the book instead of in one clumpy section.  Don't you just hate when books do that? 

I'd have to say that personally, this would be an excellent Bible for all ages as aside from a few illustrations which don't detract from the text at all, it's just the KJV.  In fact, I'm keeping this Bible for myself and my personal study time.  I'm getting to the age where the large print is very helpful, but most large-print Bibles are these huge and unwieldy texts with so many (often biased) notes.…

My "Old Lady Moment"

A certain teen has just lost his internet and game system privileges until he can pull his grades up.  I'm quite unfair about things, he tells me.  Do I even know what it's like to live without the internet?  Do I even know how hard things are?  

There is nothing to DO.  Every day, this teen has "nothing" to do.

Well, I told him, you could bring up your grades maybe?  That's something to do...

*kid eyerolls*

Also?  I sorta have an idea of what life was like without the internet.  We played games or talked on the telephone.  We did this thing called "visiting friends' houses" and another odd thing called "going to the mall."  We used the record player and listened to music.  Sometimes we even wrote notes to one another, complete with doodles.


I must sound like my grandmother did to me when I was younger.  My Grandma Max would tell me about having to pick up bits of broken glass and rags by the roadside so that the family could eat every day…