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Friday, October 31, 2008

Why Do We Celebrate Halloween?

Halloween, sometimes called All Hollows Eve, Night of the Dead, and other creepy names. But why do we really celebrate Halloween? Why, did we start Halloween? Some cultures do you use Halloween, as a celebration of the dark side. For the most part Halloween is a fun celebration, to dress up and be someone else for a night.

Halloween started many years ago, in other countries. These other countries celebrated the end of Summer, and the season of the Sun. They prepared for season of cold, and long nights. October 31st was the day they chose to hold their festival, sometimes referred to as the Fall Festival, or Harvest.

When settlers came to America, they brought their holiday customs with them. Many of the settlers came from different countries. Of course all the customs have been joined and we have our own Halloween celebration. The most important symbol of Halloween is the Pumpkin.

The early settlers used to cut out other fruits and vegetables, and decorate them. The people of Ireland cut out and decorated Turnips. They hollowed out the Turnip, and put a candle on the inside. When the Irish came to America they used big, round, orange Pumpkins, and now we have our famous Jack-O-Lantern.

Years ago, in other countries, the poor would beg for food. They were called soulers, and people would give them soul cakes. The beggers would then promise that would remember the dead.

Here, today in America children dress in silly, funny, and scary costumes and go Trick Or Treating. The receive candy, and small trinkets in their basket or pumpkin of choice.

Halloween has become a huge profit maker for American businesses, and according to early polls people have spent more money on Halloween this year, than any other year. Some companies base their whole company on Halloween, and are actually closed the rest of the year. You can find almost any costume imaginable, now today. From celebrities, to super heros, prncesses, politicians, what ever you could think of. It has become one night of fun, a night to get away from the stress of the real world, and live in a fantasy. To be someone else for one night, isn't that something everyone wants?

Please remember your Halloween safety rules:

Young children should always be accompanied by an adult
Wear a light on your suit, or carry a flash light
Walk on walkways, not the street if possible
Go slow, kids run out in the street without thinking
Never eat any candy, before it has been thoroughly inspected by an adult
Have fun, isnt that the most important one





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Thursday, October 30, 2008

Thanksgiving Dinner, No Serious Posts Today



I am taking a break from serious topics, and there certainly are plenty, and taking a lighter note today. Tomorrow is test day, so I have no Lesson Plans to post. It is freezing here again, in N Florida, and my hands are frozen, so I am typing with mittens on. Actually, I seem to type fast with them on LOL.

I am one of those strange people that plans 30-45 days ahead, for big events or meals. This probably stems from all the years of getting paid every two weeks, and having to plan or have no money to buy what you need, when it is time to make the big meal. My mom was here last Friday, so we went over the menu. We decided we wanted to try a few different recipes, and foods than our traditional Thanksgiving menu.

Turkey, of course, made with maple syrup butter. This will be our second time doing this kind, and it is delicious. I highly recommend it.
Bisquits with gravy- my mother hates store bought bisquits, I hate making them from scratch. So we compromised and she will make the bisquits and I will make the gravy.
Mashed potatoes- pretty much a given
Sweet Potatoe Casserole- this is a new addition to our menu, so I am looking forward to this.
Coleslaw- Cabbage salad whatever you call it. I am making it different this year. Cabbage, carrots, chopped cooked bacon, ranch dressing, possibly onions and red peppers. Does that not sound great. This will be another new try for us.
Cholcolate pie, instead of apple pie. Everyone loves chocolate and apple is just getting old
Some kind of Truffle my mom is making, I am sure it will be awesome.
Rolls with butter
Green beans with onions- Instead of the traditional green bake, we are going to do a all year favorite. Fresh green beans, sauteed with onions in butter, and extra virgin olive oil, with just a splash of red wine vinaigrette.
Stuffing, of course.
That is it, unless we decide to add more things. That is plenty for 5 people, and one dog. Have you started to plan your menu yet?

Our Ocean field trip, which was scheduled for earlier in Sept, has been rescheduled for next Friday. Hopefully it will warm back up, or I might have to order a snowsuit to wear. We hope to find some cool shells, to use in various arts and crafts projects. My mom will be going with us, as my husband has to work, and she knows the way to the specific part of the Gulf she likes to go to. We will have a picnic lunch, and just enjoy the beauty of the Ocean.

Yesterday, I posted we were finally making the Paper Mache Pumpkins, yeah ok. It was a big mess, and a big pain. They were white balloons, and we just ended up painting them orange, and then painting funny faces on them.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

And The Winner Of The October Contest Is:

The winner of the 10 dollars cash, and free 90 day text link, is Cy. I used random.org and the number chosen was 37, that was the number assigned to Cy. I had 39 total entries, so it took me a bit of time to give a number to each entry, before them into their integrer. It was fast, and easy after that. Thank you to all who entered. I will be contacting Cy, to let her know of her winning.

I am working on the November contest now. I know what the prize is, just working out the details. It will probably be between both blogs, with the one prize. Due to the expense of the prize, and the cost to ship it, I am combining them together. So stay tuned for that.

Lesson Plans for 10/30/08:

Writing: Write a spooky Halloween poem
Reading: Chapter 1 of Pirates Past Noon
Health: Nutrition
Math: Add 3 numbers, multiplication, division
Language Arts: Phonics Review, word references
Vocabulary: Lesson 9, write each vocab word and definition, 2x each
Spelling: Lesson 9, put each spelling word in alphabetical order
PE- 30 minutes
Spanish- food and utensils

Have a great day, everyone.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Five Warning Signs That You May Be Laid Off




I found these, warning signs, in my local Sunday newspaper. Whether or not they are accurate, they are certainly interesting. My husband, and I decided last week, for me to cut back two nights a week, at my job, as signs were indeed pointing to me being cut anyway. As I am only per diem, and they have cut everyones overtime, and hours, I felt it was only soon to be my turn. I have seniority, and is probably the only reason it did not happen sooner. We figured we could easier plan for the money loss, ahead rather than just having it dumped on us all of a sudden. So here are the 5 warning signs:

1- Others are losing their jobs. Here in Florida, I do not see where jobs are ever stable, unless you are fortunate enough to get a state job. I have blogged about this before, but with the economy in Florida as terrible as it is, more jobs are being lost every day.

2- Hiring Freeze- I work in the medical industry, so a hiring freeze, is not really pertinent, but they can cut back their staffing to the bare minimum that is legal, and yes they have done that as have most medical facilities.

3- Training budgets cut, projects slow down- Ha that is laughable, this company does not offer such luxuries, but I do know Construction is basically at a stand still in Florida, and companies are cutting their benefits left and right.

4- Office gossip- I am not quite sure how this is a warning sign, as there is always gossip, at least as long as I have been in the work force.

5- Company is missing targets- The company I work for only has one target, to make money and spend the least amount of money. I am pretty sure they have met this target. However there are a lot of companies that have not. They are hurting for sales, especially in construction, auto industry, retail, and dining out.

They do say, that if you think you will be laid off, it might not be a bad idea to try to work out something with your company. Maybe an incentive package, that could hold you over why you look for another job. Plus going back to school, and getting a trade in some of the areas that are not hurting right now. Personally I am not sure what those industries are, so I can not help there.

There is only 24 hrs to get in the contest to win the 10 dollars, and free 90 text link. I have had tons of entries, way more than I expected, and have decided to use Random.org to draw the winner. It would take me forever to write up, and tear tiny pieces of paper, for the number of entries I got. Thank you, and good luck to all of you that entered.

Lesson Plans for 10/29/08:

One note, my husband seems to have thrown out the balloons for the paper mache pumpkins, so they will be done later this week.

Writing: Write about the adventures of a Scarecrow
Reading: Write book report for Mummies in the Morning
Social Studies: Halloween themed unit, Idaho
Math: Money, division, multiplication
Language Arts: Phonics review, verbs past and present
Spelling: Lesson 9 write each word, and circle the consonants
Vocabulary: Lesson 9, think of a Synonym for each vocabulary word
Spanish- Food and utensils

Monday, October 27, 2008

Great Gift Idea For Any Child On Your List, Personalized For Free



Do your children use a clipboard, during school hours? If yes, than I have a great gift idea for you, plus you will get 10% off the purchase price, use code offer10 in the note to seller when cashing out. So what is this great gift idea. a personalized clipboard, in the design of your choice. They are personalized, with your childs name for free, and you can pick the pattern of your choice. I am having mine custom made in the Florida Gators, the team my son loves. They start at only 11 dollars, plus shipping and handling, and don't forget you can get 10% off by using the code offer10 in the notes to seller, when cashing out. She did not have the theme I was looking for listed, but an easy ask the seller, I found out she could order the supplies to make it. These are great for any child, that uses a clipboard in school, homeschoolers, even nurses or doctors who use clipboards every single day. To view her Etsy store go to http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5489387

Lesson Plans for 10/28/08:

Writing: What things can you do to prevent fires
Reading: Read chapter 10 of Mummies in the Morning
Math: Add 3 numbers, place values, multiplication
Language Arts: Phonics review, word references
Vocabulary: Lesson 9 use each vocabulary word in a sentence
Spelling: Lesson 9 write each spelling word and circle the vowels
PE: 30 minutes
Science: Weather
Spanish: Food and utensils

If you have not discovered School Express yet, you should go to their website, and sign up for their free newsletter. Each week they will send you a free Themed Unit Study to print, and use as you need it.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Do You Have An Extra 5 Million Dollars Lying Around?



I do not. So I have informed my husband, that I expect him to work 3 jobs, 7 days a week, from now until he can buy me this Diamond Miracle Bra by Victorias Secret. It is only 5 million dollars, and I do after all deserve it. I love sarcasm, dont you? I know every year, Victoria Secrets, comes out with one of these so called miracle, luxury bras. So lets just investigate it.

1- It is stunningly beautiful, that is exactly what I look for in a bra.
2- The straps are so unsturdy if you bend over, I am sure they would snap. Again, another luxury item I look for in a bra, straps that stay on.
3- For an average woman, which most of us are I assume, the cup wouldnt even cover your nipple. Once again something considered a luxury when I purchase a bra.
4- The price is a real deal, considering it has 1500 carats of genuine gemstones on it. Hmm I think a Diamond ring, set in Platinum, would be sturdier.
5- I suppose I could use it as a Christmas tree ornament. Hmm and I thought 34.99 on JTV, for Agate slice ornaments was expensive. I better stick with the latter.

I can not imagine in this economy, people out of work, losing money left and right, suffering, losing their homes, wondering how they will even put food on the table, would be comforted to know that someone will actually purchase this lovely bra. To see the bra, in all its glory you can visit Victoria Secret, or just google Diamond Bra, you will be amazed how many choices actually come up.

Lesson Plans for 10/27/08:

Writing: Write a Pizza recipe
Reading: Read Chapter 9 of Mummies in the Morning
Math: Fact families, money, multiplication
Language Arts: Phonics review, dictionary skills
Vocabulary: Lesson 9- look up the definition for each word
Spelling: Lesson 9- Write each spelling word, two times each
Music: I can play Piano- 30 min
Art- Paper Mache Pumpkins, these are easy and the directions are listed in the archives
Spanish: Chapter 2

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Local Hospital Shands AGH To Close 2009



A local Gainesville Hospital, Shands AGH, will be closing their doors in November 2009. You can see the video, with explanation here


Shands AGH, is one of 3 Hospitals in the Gainesville area. They very often are the hospital of choice, for the uninsured, or poor people to go. With the closing of this hospital, patients will now have to go to the big Shands at UF, or North Florida Regional, both of which have not been favorable to the uninsured, or poor. Shands AGH, gave the reason of loosing too much money for closing. However, they are opening a brand new Cancer Hospital, right next to Shands UF, and of course they need to staff it. Most of the workers, at Shands AGH, will be transferred to the Cancer Hospital, which is opening November 09, the same time AGH is closing. I do not see how this will be a good thing, for the uninsured, or the poor, to find care. It will be interesting, that is for sure.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Ways I Make Extra Money Online

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When I had my second child, I decided to work less outside the home, and more inside the home. First my pregnancy was extremely difficult, she was a fussy baby, and day care for two children was extremely expensive. We were still in NY, and planning to move to Florida. I initially went to the 11-7 shift, at my Hospital job, and started researching work from home. Let me say, most of them are no good, pyramid or ponzi schemes, and you will work your butt off, for little or no money. I must have joined every PTC, and PTR program on the planet, and left most of them as well. If they offer a free upgrade, with free advertising they can be useful, if they actually get any clickers to their site. That mostly refers to PTR programs. I no longer belong to any PTR programs, as they are a waste of time, and earn only the site owner revenue. These are the PTC programs, that I still belong to, and my evaluation of each.
Isabel Marcos: I am close to payout here, and other members say they pay quickly, and on time. I will see.
Pay2surf.net: I have made my payout of 40 dollars, requested it, and have been waiting almost 60 days for them to pay me. If it goes much longer, I will leave that site, and claim them a useless scam site.
That is it, I have left all other programs, because they do not pay within their terms, and I refuse to wait more than 45 days to be paid. Whoever came up with such a thing anyways. If I went to my nursing job, and they told me we are not going to pay you for 45 days, but we would still like you to work, I would say yeah ok see you later. These PTC sites currently owe me money, and have owed me for at least 90 days if not more:
Daddy Bux, Advercash, Bux.to, VIP Bux, there are several other programs that I have left before payout because their site does not offer any reasonable number of clicks to even reach payout, or their sites are littered with spyware, and viruses. Buxto has owed me money for almost 6 months now.

Now to the programs, and things that actually do work.

If you are a freelance writer, which I am not, there are tons of jobs for you. I initially started this blog, to improve my writing skills, in hopes of someday getting a freelance writing job. I have not tried for any new ones, but it is in my future goals.

Just Answers: If you have a skill such as in the medical field, pet expert, teacher, automotive field, etc then this website would work for you. I have made over 600 dollars there, and it has been a life saver when we needed extra money. They have very strict rules, and guidelines, so be sure to review them before beginning.

Cha Cha: Cha Cha is a text service network. Customers text in their questions, and Guides answer their questions, and send it back to their phone. It is hugely popular, and constantly growing. There are 3 current positions available, Guides, Translators, and Expiditors. I am currently an Expiditor, and I work a couple of hours a day, and make approximately 6 dollars a day. Not a lot of money, but if I worked more, I could make more, and it works out to about 150 dollars per month. Enough to buy my jewelry supplies, xmas gifts, or pay bills. They offer a pay me now service where you can get paid right on a debit card, it is a wonderful service. They are not easy to get in with, and I had to wait almost 5 months from my initial application to get accepted. It is not a hard job, though it can get extremely busy.

Mylot: Mylot is a forum type website. You get paid to post and respond to topics. I have been there well over a year, and they always pay on time, and via paypal. Their minimum payout is 10 dollars.

Clixsense: This is a PTC program, and just about the only one that actually pays when they are supposed to, on time, and never with problems. I have been there almost 2 years, and they pay via check.

Blogging: I have two blogs, this blog and a jewelry blog. They both have Adsense. I have made 18 dollars, from Adsense, since April of this year. I have no idea if that is good or not, but it seems OK to me. I initially did not start blogging, to earn money, but after reading several topics on the issue it seems to be working pretty good. I use Social Spark for paid posts, and have made 75 dollars from that. I only do one or two paid posts a month, as some I do not feel qualified to post about. I can not do Pay per post, because they do not accept Blogspot blogs. That is ok, because too many paid posts will bring down your Google page rank.

Project Wonderful: Project Wonderful, is a program to sell advertising space on your blog. The rates are pretty inexpensive, so advertisers like it. I have been there since May, and have made almost 7 dollars. Their payout is 10 dollars.

I am trying to sell advertising links, on my own. I offer them for 3 dollars for 30 days, payable via Paypal. I have not had any takers yet.

For those who are skilled enough in writing, About.com offers a wonderful program for you. I did not qualify, but I hope to advance my skills enough, and will reapply next year. They offer a wonderful compensation program, for you to update and maintain a topic oriented page.

My husband works for West At Home, and has been there for at least two years. It is basically Customer Service, and the wage is decent. Their rules are strict, and you must meet their computer requirements. Right now he only does, the required amount, per month, to remain active.

Tomorrow is a test day, so I have no lesson plans to post.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Frugal Tip Save Money On Pictures

I have been called cheap, at times in my life. I prefer frugal, but cheap is probably closer to the truth. My children are 8 and 4, and for the past 8 years we have been visiting Walmart, Pennies, or other photo studios for Holiday pictures. This on average has cost, anywhere from 150 dollars to a whopping 300 dollars. Ouch that would really hurt my budget, this year. So I decided to take my own pictures. I think I did a good job, for someone who is not a photographer. We then use Snapfish photo service, to make prints, 8x10 photos, and 7x5 photos to send to family and friends this holiday season. We did this for our yearly digital photo printing, and it cost a whole 45 dollars. I would say that is a substantial savings. I am sure there are other online photo services, we just happen to use Snapfish. If you have a digital camera, give it a try, and save yourself some money, this Holiday season.





I will be making the pumpkin shaped cake today. The recipe is in my archives, and I will let you know how it comes out.

DJ's Report Card for the 1st Quarter:

Language Arts: 94
Reading: Excellent
Reading Comp: 96
Writing: Satisfactory, and Improving
Math: 90
Science: 97
Health: 100
Social Studies: 89
Spanish: Satisfactory
Art: Excellent

Lesson Plans for 10/23/08:

Health: Soaperman, keeping clean and healthy
Writing: Write a list of safety rules for Trick or Treating
Language Arts: Phonics review, guide words
Reading: Read chapter 8 of Mummies in the Morning
Spanish: Parts of the body
PE: 30 minutes
Vocabulary: Lesson 8- write each definition 2 times each
Spelling: Lesson 8- Put your spelling words in alphabetical order
Math: Division, multiplication, addition, and subtraction

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

500,000 Frozen Embryos What Should Be Done With Them



There an estimated 500,000 embryos frozen across the United States. These are from people who used in vitro fertilization, to become pregnant. If you are pro life, then you most likely believe that life begins at conception. Whether that conception, happens naturally in the womb, or artificially in a petri dish, the embryo is still life. When couples, sign up for in vitro fertilization, many of the embryos never get used, and are frozen and stored, for possible later use. They are very often, never used, and now the dilemma for many people, and states, is what to do with these embryos. People are paying up to hundreds dollars a year, to store their embryos, and they are theirs. So what to do with them, if the couple separates, or abandons the embryos? I think this is one more indicator, of people who invent this wonderful technology, but never completely think out the consequences before initiating the technology. I can see where this is going to be a big issue for pro choice, and pro life groups, not to mention the people that are the owners of these embryos. What a mess, and now we as a country, must come up with some way to deal with this problem. This will not be easy, and I can see it dragging on for years and years. It is not technically abortion, because the embryos were never implanted. But many Americans do believe, that the embryos are alive, and deserve to be treated as such. Even though they are frozen, and not technically alive, they would be if thawed, and allowed to be implanted. So what do you think of this issue, and what do you think should be done about it? I honestly do not know. I can see where it should be the owners right to decide what to do with them, yet I can see the other side, that it could be viewed as killing the embryo. I do not see any easy solution, to this topic.

Lesson Plans for 10/22/08:

Social Studies: Hawaii, Hip Hip Holidays, Christmas virtual field trip at

Writing: Tell about ways you help at home

Language Arts: Phonics review, comparing

Reading: Read chapter 7 of Mummies in the morning

Spanish: Parts of the body

Vocabulary: Lesson 8 use each vocabulary word in a sentence

Spelling: Lesson 8 write each spelling word and circle the consonants

Math: Division, addition, and subtraction

Word Search: Trivia

Art: Draw Gary the snail

Monday, October 20, 2008

Michelle Obama To Speak In Gainesville Florida



Michelle Obama will be speaking, at the Hippodrome State Theater, in downtown Gainesville, on Wednesday Oct 22nd, at 2:30 PM. Whether you agree with her husband Barack Obama, on policy issues, this would be a great oppurtunity for homeschoolers to provide a free and interesting field trip. I am sure it would be great for public schools, as well, but they might not have enough time to get a field trip together. I see so much potential, for young learners to learn about being a candidates wife, what if she becomes first lady, what does she think about the campaigns, etc. My children are only 4 and 8, so this is not something, they would have an interest in, but for older children, it would be great. It is free to the public, and guests can start arriving at 1 PM. The Hippodrome is located at the point where SE 1st Street, dead ends into 2nd Place.

Lesson Plans for 10/21/08:

Writing: Use your 5 senses to wriet about Autumn
Reading: Read chapter 6 of Mummies in the Morning
Vocabulary: Lesson 8- look up the definition to each word
Spelling: Lesson 8- Write each spelling word two times each, and circle the vowels
Math: Division, multiplication, addition, and subtraction
PE: 30 minutes
Language Arts: Phonics Review, Comparing
Science: Weather, oceans field trip at
Word Search: Author trivia
Spanish: Parts of the body

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Barnes and Nobles, Halloween Ebook,

There is no school tomorrow, so I have no lesson plan to post. I hope everyone is having a marvelous Sunday.

This weeks, School Express newsletter features a Halloween Fun Ebook. Every week, they send a new Themed unit for free right to your email address. Next week, will be a Unit Study on Air Pollution. They offer a Themed Unit Study subscription, as well, that can be your whole Curriculum for the year. To sign up for their free newsletter, go to http://www.schoolexpress.com and sign up.

Barnes and Nobles, has renewed their educator discount cards. As a Homeschooler you are eligible, to receive one of these discount cards, free of charge. You do have to prove that you homeschool, and there are several ways you can do that. The card entitles you to discounts, on books purchased at their stores. I do not personally have one of these, and just learned about it, but I will definately be looking into getting one. We all know, how expensive books can be, and every little bit can help.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Linens And Things Going Out Of Business Sale




Linens and Things, has filed for Bankruptcy, and closing a 120 stores, most of which are in California. If you live near a Linens and Things store, everything must go, and you could get some great deals, on name brand products. We do have one here, but it is not real close to us. I will check out their website though, and see if they have anything I might want. Read the full article, about their Chapter 11 filing here http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/05/02/linens-n-things-files-for_n_99867.html

Friday, October 17, 2008

I Started A Book Give Away Club, Make A Paper Mache Pumpkin





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I am honestly tired of talking about Politics. I will be glad when it is over. I have started a free give away book clug. If you are anything like me, you have tons of books, magazines, and other reading material just lying around your house. I have started the club, it is up and running, and it is free. You just post your book, you are offering, and wait for someone to say they want it. Simple, right? You can join using the button provided, in this post, or the button posted above. As a homeschooler, and jewelry maker, I am always looking for new and interesting books. Once you are done with the book, you can either re post it, or keep it if you really love it. Join today, and lets start reading.

As you are all aware, Halloween is right around the corner. Next week in Arts and Crafts, we are going to try making Paper Mache Pumpkins. The directions are simple, and the supply list is just as easy. If you want to try your hand at Paper Mache, go here http://www.kidsturncentral.com/holidays/crafts/hcrafta.htm

For anyone who may be interested, I am going to offer a Layaway service, for all items on my jewelry blog, and Etsy store. Christmas will be here soon. Click my widget, to go to my Etsy store. My jewelry blog is http://www.melissasjewelryandgems.blogspot.com/ Email me for details, if you are interested.


Thursday, October 16, 2008

McCain is to Bush, as Obama is to Pelosi!




First of all let me say, I am an Independant, and a swing voter. The swing has stopped swinging, and I am voting for McCain. I watched the debate last night, and it was much better than the last one. I would like to make some points.

1- First I want to talk about these so called Polls, that have Obama winning. They only ask like a thousand people, who they are voting for. There are millions of registered voters in this country, so I do not see how those polls are anywhere near what is truth.

2- I am so tired of hearing that a vote for McCain is a vote for Bush. Obama has based his whole campaign on this, and might just win by saying such crap that just is not true. McCain, and Bush are very different, in a lot of ways. McCain has stood up to Bush, when he disagreed with his policies. Can you say the same for Obama, against his fellow Liberal cronies, in the Senate? I think not. If McCain is like voting for Bush, then a vote for Obama is the same as a vote for Pelosi or even worse Harry Reid. Ultra Liberals, with ultra Liberal views. Bigger government, more socialism programs, increased taxes, more spending, come on is this really what we want?

3- Both candidate Economical plan sucks, plain and simple. I do not like either of them. Obama, wants Socialist type programs, where you take from the wealthy to give to the poor. This is not a fairy tale. Yes we already have a progressive tax bracket, where the more you make the more taxes you pay. However Obama, will strictly increase taxes on anyone making more than 200,000 dollars, gross per year. So that is increases on the tax bracket you may already be in, and might I add if you make jsut 42,000 dollars per year Gross income, Obama will put you in the middle class tax bracket. For all of you that make that, do you feel like you are middle class? I think not. If Companies are forced to pay higher taxes, they will lay off workers, possibly send business over seas, and make our economy even worse. McCain will push for off shore drilling, and nuclear energy plants which by his own accounts will bring 1 million new jobs to this country, and help us be energy independant. That is what we need, jobs, and jobs with good wages, and benefits. Not minimum wage jobs, that never lets anyone get ahead. Obama, and McCain both were in favor of the bail out plan, not just McCain. Why does nobody realize that, they both wanted it, despite Americans saying no. Obama just keeps slamming McCain for it. Why, he wanted it too. McCain correctly stated last night, if you listened, that he was upset with Paulsen, and Bernanke for not taking the money as they promised and buying up bad mortgages which was the original plan. But instead infusing money into banks, thereby owning the banks. He has said that he disagreed with this, and he does not have any more control over Paulson, than Obama does.

3- Health care, another hot topic for Americans. Obama wants to socialize health care. Did you listen very carefully to what he said? He said Americans with no insurance, would be able to buy into the same insurance he and McCain are afforded as public officials. Really, prove it, because that is flat not true. Obama and McCain enjoy excellent health benefits, as public officials, what Obama speaks of for the uninsured is equivalent to Medicaid. Medicaid, you will not be able to choose the Dr you want, because most doctors wont take it. Medicaid will get you long waits to see a specialist, medication that is the cheapest and might not be the most effective. Medicaid will get you monitored by the government to be sure you are doing what they want you to do for prevention. I am all for prevention, education, and health care for everyone, but telling me the who, what and why, does not work for me. Plus if you listened very carefully, Obama states that all businesses will have to offer a medical plan to their employees. Either the government run program, or another policy. If they do not they will be penalized. He said small businesses will be excluded, but would not state a cut off as to who would qualify under a small business. Again this could lead to lay offs, and businesses going over seas. In my opinion, the only way to make health care affordable is to force them to bring down their costs for both insurance, and services rendered. Non insured people are charged 3 times as much for a service, than someone who has insurance. Why, because they are gouging you. They make tons of money off the uninsured. Unless you live in a state, where they can not come after you for medical expenses, you could have your wages garnished, legal judgements, savings lost, or just be refused for care. McCain has said, in his plan, he will push for laws to lower costs rendered for health care. Plus he will give 5,000 dollars as a tax credit, to every american, whether you are insured or not, to cover out of pocket health expenses. Plus make it so Amercians can take their health insurance with them, from state to state. This will open up competition, and help to lower costs.

4- A womans right to choose, ie Roe vs Wade. McCain is pro life, but states that there are some exceptions to that rule. Obama is pro choice, and is pushing for a law to make it so anyone can have an abortion at any time, for any reason, with no stipulations. I personally am pro choice. I believe a woman has a right to decide whether she chooses to carry a child or not. There should be stipulations, with that however.

5- The mediator specifically asked about the nastiness of the campaigns. McCain correctly pointed out that their campaigns have gotten ugly, but that he had reputiated all untrue comments made about Obama. Such as when a woman, at one of rallies, stated Obama was an Arab and she didnt trust him. McCain immediately said no, he is not he is a kind and good man. Obama in return basically just made fun of McCain, like he was being over sensitive. Oh you mean like Obamas campaign calling McCain a racist because of something some whacko yelled out at one of his rallies. He did not answer the question, asked by the mediator which was are you sorry for the ugly turn the campaigns have taken. That makes McCain the bigger man in my book.

That is how I see the debate. What did you take from it. I think we as Americans need to carefully read, and listen to what each candidate says. Dont listen to others, decide for yourself. Be informed, be knowledgeable, and then make a choice.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Need Some Stress Relief? Comfortis For Dogs, Freebie Of The Day



Love my blog, be sure to sign up to follow my blog. It is all about the animals today. Need some stress relief, like to watch funny animals, then watch this very funny video. Be sure to watch the cat with the soap.



Do you have a dog? Then you have probably experienced fleas, ticks, and other nuisance pests on your dog. Did you know fleas, and ticks get resistant to treatments, such as Frontline? Did you know one female flea, can lay up to hundreds of eggs herself? Did you know fleas, can jump up to 100 feet away from your pet? Our dog is just over one year old, he has never had fleas, until about a week ago. We used the standard flea collar, flea bath, and Fronline, and it worked great for 1 yr. Then boom we have an infestation, yuck it was awful. We had to bomb, wash and spray everything with flea spray, shampoo all the rugs, it is almost as bad as if your child gets head lice. And still a flea lives, so what is a pet owner to do. Enter Comfortis. What is Comfortis, it is a neat and easy to give pill that you give to your pet once a month. If a flea bites your pet, it will die within 30 minutes, thereby ending the vicious cycle of them laying eggs, and on and on it goes. The pill is affordable, about 15 dollars, is beef flavored so your dog will chew it up no problem, and your local Vet should have it in stock. I can not tell you how great this medication is. It worked fast, and lasts up to 30 days. If you have a pet, you really need to know about Comfortis. By the way this is not a paid post. I am tired of talking about the economy and politics, and thought I would lighten it up a bit.

Here is todays Homeschool Freebie of the day: Getting Yourself Organized (ebook)

Great collection of articles, strategies and tips on organizing
your household, your living space, your kids and your schedule. To claim this great free ebook, go to www.HomeschoolFreebieOfTheDay.com

Lesson Plans for 10/16/08:

Note I forgot to add Science: weather to todays lesson plan

Writing: Safety tips
Reading: Read chapter 5 of Mummies in the morning
Math: Division, multiplication, addition, and subtraction
Spelling: Put the spelling words in alphabetical order
Vocabulary: Think of a synonym for each vocabulary word
Language Arts: Phonics review
PE: 30 minutes
Health: Dental hygiene review
Spanish: parts of the body, write each spanish word and the english equivalent

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

McCain and Obama, Where Do They Stand On Healthcare?




Do you have Health Insurance? Are you one of the 47 million Americans, that have no insurance? As a Nurse, health care is something very close to my heart. I have been uninsured for many years, and know the stress and impact that can have on someones life. I know how ridiculously expensive Health Care has become. I have seen gouging, unkind acts, greed, and just plain cruelty in the Health Care Industry. So where do the candidates stand on Health Care? View the videos, and hear what they have to say. They both say health care costs, must come down. However I notice two very distinct differences between the two. McCain gives clear, and concise ways to bring costs down, Obama does not. McCain states that his plan will not raise taxes, nor be added to the already huge deficit. Obamas plan will most definately increase taxes, or as he has stated recently will be added to the already Trillions of dollars deficit. McCain will give, every single family in America, a tax refund, to help cover out of pocket expenses, or to help pay for their health insurance plan. Obama wants to mandate every single Business, both big and small, to offer and help pay for health insurance to their employees. This will only make it more difficult for small businesses to succeed, and prosper. This will cause more job loss, and even send more companies over seas where such requirements are not imposed. View the videos, and then you decide, who you want to be President. Time is running out, and so many people are undecided. Dont listen to the rhetoric and garbage, on the Campaign trails. See and learn where the candidates really stand, then make a knowledgeable decision that is best for you and your family.





My lesson plans for 10/15/08:

Writing: Write about a place you would like to go with friends
Reading: Read chapter 4 of Mummies in the Morning
Math: Division, Multiplication, Addition, and Subtraction
Spelling: Lesson 7- write each spelling word and circle the consonants
Vocabulary: Lesson 7- use each vocabulary word in a sentence
Language Arts: Phonics Review, fact and opinion
Social Studies: Georgia, Christopher Columbus
Spanish: Parts of the body
Art: Draw Patrick

Monday, October 13, 2008

Go Pink For October, Halloween Unit Study, Columbus Day For Homeschoolers




Happy Monday, everyone. I have been busy using my day off, shampooing rugs, and storing away toys that my children are not currently playing with. Now I am tired, and going to blog for a bit.

As you can see, my blog has gone pink. October is Breast Cancer awareness month. I am a little late, but better late than never. Turn your blog pink, and show your support for Breast Cancer Awareness. Mine will remain pink, until Novemeber 1st.

Love my blog, dont forget to join my reader, it will get you one entry, into the 10 dollar giveaway, and free advertising contest.

As stated in the rules at the top of my blog, if you submit a Fall related picture, you will be entered into the contest. My husband is real good, at deleting pictures off of my computer, so I had to go take one. The pictures are of my children, in their Halloween costumes, they will be wearing this year.

Speaking of Halloween, want a free Themed Unit Study, for free, on Halloween? Then go to http://www.schoolexpress.com/ and sign up for their free newsletter, and they will send you a new one every Sunday. They also have a whole curriculum based on just Unit Studies, it is not free, but the price is very reasonable. If you sign up, and it is too late, for you to get the Halloween Unit, I can email it to you.

Today is Columbus Day, and I am sure a lot of you are off. If you need some help finding a good lesson for your Homeschool, about Christopher Colombus, then I have some links for you. If you just want to learn more about Columbus Day, these are great for everyone. Here they are:

http://www.biography.com/columbus/ This one is a short video by Biography.com and is well done.

http://www.history.com/minisite.do We will be watching both of these on Wednesday of this week, as part of our Social Studies class.

Tomorrow 10/14/08 is a Half Day, here at Melissas Homeschool, and here is our lesson plan:

Writing: Imagine you have a potion, that makes people tell the truth
Reading: Chapter 3 Mummies in the Morning
Math: Division, Multiplication, Addition and Subtraction
Spelling: Lesson 7 write each spelling word 2 times eahc, and circle the Vowels
Vocabulary: Lesson 7, look up the definition to each vocabulary word
Art: If time permits, draw a Haunted House if time runs out, will do on another day

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Contest Updates, Dudley Farms Where History Is Aliv



Here are the contest updates. You still have until the 29th to get your entries in. It is easy, and the rules are at the top of this blog. You can win 10 dollars, and a 90 day advertising text link. Here are the entries as they stand, right now:

betchai: 9 entries
Kim: 1 entry
kiki: 2 entries
House home garden: 1 entry
the fitness diva: 2 entries
CY: 2 entries
kgraham: 1 entry

There is no school tomorrow, so I have no lesson plans to post. I would like to share a great field trip idea, with everyone. http://www.friendsofdudleyfarm.org/ Dudley Farms, is a real, working historical farm. Step back in time, and history, and learn how people lived, and survived in the older days. The Fall, and Winter, are especially fun, because they have all kinds of special things going on for Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. It is affordable to get in, and for Homeschoolers, or any child, it is a wonderful learning experience. They are located just outside of Gainesville, in Newburry, Florida.

I love arts and crafts, and this time of year, there are tons to choose from. If you like to do arts, and crafts, check out this website http://www.kidsturncentral.com/holidays/crafts/hcrafta.htm and learn to make Paper Mache Pumpkins. This week in arts, and crafts, we will be drawing a Haunted House, and making Pumpkins to hang on the tree outside. I picked up simple Pumpkin Bags for 88 cents at Walmart, we are going to fill them with leaves, and hang them from the trees. It doesn't get any more affordable, or easy than that.

Have a great Sunday, everyone.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Election 08 Observations, Socialism, Pumpkin Cake, First 30 Days Of School



I have a lot to talk about today. Friday and Saturday, are always extra busy. I hardly ever get to post on Saturday, so I jam a bunch in on Friday. My first topic is about politics. Of course it is on my mind, because it is getting close now. If you check my poll, it is pretty even, who people are voting for. I am an Independant, and moderate conservative. I am leaning towards McCain. However for McCain to win, he needs to get more aggressive. They say he has a temper, and can be aggressive. Really, because all I have seen is a man who looks like a puppet on a string. He needs to light some fire, and get a little fired up. Show some spunk, he is looking pretty boring. As for Obama, I simply can not see myself voting for him. There are too many things I dont like. At first he looked promising to me, now I have to say no. First I dont know how he can claim he will not raise taxes, when Universal Health Care has to be paid for somehow. I think health care for everyone is a marvelous idea, but you have to say how you will pay for it. He never clearly answers any questions, not ever. He just very charismatically goes around the question, and gives some fancy eloquent type speech. No clear answers, just more questions. I do not like the fact that he has ties to Bill Ayers, a Domestic Terrorist, or ACORN who is being investigated for voter fraud. I do not like the fact that he is so ultra Liberal, that he seems more of a Socialist.

That leads me to my next topic, Socialism. My understanding of Socialism, is that the government runs everything, and the people all live as one class, with everyone having the same. That sounds great, right? However, is that actually feasible? How do you manage this without war, corruption, and keeping a Democratic Nation. I do not believe it is possible.

Now on to some more topics about Homeschool. I have evaluated our first 30 days of school, and all is going well. DJ, started Division this week, and has picked it up pretty easily. I was very nervous about this, because as I stated previously knowing how to divide, and teaching division are not the same thing. His biggest challenge remains Grammar and Writing. Mostly in the area, of remembering all the Grammar principles, and sloppy writing. He is lax, in using punctuation, and capitals, but is improving every day, and improved immensely from last year. His strong topics remain, Reading, and Science, where is nearly perfect. He reads at a
5th grade level, and Science is always 100 percent. Caitlin is doing preschool activities, and progressing nicely. Her biggest issue is Phonics, mainly because she has no interest. I do not, at this age, push it hard, but let her learn at her own pace.

Contest updates will be added on Sunday. Be sure to get your entries in, to win 10 dollars, and free advertising.

Below is a cute, and easy Pumpkin cake you can make, to share with friends and family. I hope everyone has a splendid weekend. Please remember I welcome all comments, and thoughts. Dont be shy I dont bite.




Thursday, October 9, 2008

New Jersey Law Requires Flu Vaccine For Young Children



The state of New Jersey, has passed a law requiring, children be vaccinated with the Flu Vaccine. If your child needs to go to preschool, school, or even day care, you will be required to give them the Flu shot, in New Jersey. I know there is a lot of controversy over vaccines, in general. Some people feel, the Mercury, in older Vaccines caused such illnesses as Autism, Asthma, Developmental Disabilities, ADD, etc. While all reports say Mercury is no longer in current vaccines, the controversy still exists. Most studies, also show that Mercury could have never caused these conditions. However, there are parents who are still reluctant to get standard vaccines, such as MMR, HIB, Prevnar, etc. How do I feel about this? My children, both have had the basic standard vaccines, such as Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Polio, and Chicken Pox. The Chicken Pox I did not want, but was made to believe it was mandatory, which at the time was not. My children have not received Prevnar, nor will my daughter get Gardisil, and definately not the Flu shot. The Flu is not a deadly disease, it is treatable. Not only that the vaccine, is not accurate. They never know for sure, which strain will actually be the strain that makes people sick. Sometimes you just have to let your body deal with illness, naturally, not by man made resources. If your body is never exposed to an illness, it will never learn to respond naturally to one. Children under the age of 6 months, should not receive the Flu vaccine. Pregnant women, or anyone who is allergic to eggs, should not receive the Flu vaccine. Be sure you are aware of these things, before you accept a Flu vaccine. I would never tell someone not to vaccinate their child, it is your choice, and that is my main argument here. No state should have the authority, to tell you that you have to have a Flu vaccine. The major illnesses, are a different thing in my opinion, because they are severely deadly, should you catch one of them. One more note, people who are already immuno suppressed, are recommended to get the Flu vaccine. The reasoning, is because they already have a decreased ability to respond to infection, and the vaccine may help them to not get the Flu, which for them may cause severe illness, or even death. Be knowledgeable, know what you are being given, and then make a decision, based on what is best for you.

Tomorrow, is test day, so I have no lesson plan to post. Tomorrow I will be adding contest updates, review of our first 30 days of school, and a cute pumpkin cake that is easy to make.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Illinois Sheriff Puts A Hold On Evictions, New SIDS Prevention



A Cook County Sheriff, has ordered Deputies, to stop enforcing evictions of families who rent homes. Why would he do this do you ask? Families who are renting homes, from homeowners that have defaulted on their mortgages, are being evicted from their homes. Starting today, that will be put on hold. The Sheriff feels, these renters, are innocent victims, of the mortgage failures. So what do you think about this? Do you think it is fair for them to stay there, as long as they continue to pay their rent? Who does the rent go to, if the owner has defaulted on the loan? I would think the rent, would go to the bank than now owns the defaulted mortgage. I dont really understand why they would be evicted to begin with. If they are paying their rent on time, why would there be a need to be evicted, no matter who owns the home. You would think the bank, would welcome the extra income. Now if they were not paying the rent, or were in default on their rent, then I could see pursuing an eviction.

SIDS, was in the news again today. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, is something that parents, are always concerned with, especially with an infant child. Today it was reported, through a new study, that having a fan in the room reduced SIDS occurences, by up to 72%. That is a huge number, and seems like such a simple thing to do to help reduce the risk of SIDS. The theory is that the fan helps to circulate the air, and keep air from stagnating. Of course you do not want to blow the fan, directly on the infant, which could lead to the child getting too cold. My children, have always slept with a fan in their room, mostly to drown out noises, but if I had another I would make sure they had one too.

Lesson Plans for 10/9/08:

Reading: Read Chapter 2 of Mummies in the morning
Health: Toothpaste Ads
Math: Division, multiplication
Language Arts: Phonics Review, drawing conclusions
PE: 30 minutes
Writing: You are invited to a party, but they only eat Asparagus, think of two polite excuses not to attend
Spelling: Review lessons 1-5
Vocabulary: Review lessons 1-5
Word Search: Once upon a time

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Kentucky School Wants To Eliminate C As A Passing Grade



A small school district, in Henry County Kentucky, wants to eliminate the grade C, as a passing grade. That would mean students, in middle and high school, would need to get an 80 or better to pass. They have already eliminated the grade D, as a passing grade, that was done 4 yrs ago. According to the school district, standardized test scores increased at least 13%, after eliminating the D grade. Other states, such as Florida, and Maryland have reportedly also tried to do away with the grade D, as a passing grade. However their results were much different. They experienced more, and more kids failing, and had to abandon the project. So what do you think. Do you think eliminating the C, as a passing grade, and requiring all children to receive an 80 or better, fair and even attainable? I personally do not think that it is fair, and will only cause more stress on teachers and students to meet goals that are simply unattainable. I do not see anything wrong, with dropping the D, however, and making a C the minimum requirement for a passing grade.

I would like to share some of the things we do to help when learning Spelling, and Vocabulary words. These can be used for Homeschooling, or children in public school, that need a little help in learning.

Spelling: Day one- write each spelling word three times each
Day two- write each spelling word, and circle the vowels
Day three- write each spelling word and circle the consonants
Day four- put each spelling word in alphabetical order
Here are some others that are useful as well: word searches, make flash cards for each word, write the word and a synonym or antonym, for each, draw a picture and hide the words in the picture, make a cartoon using the words.

Vocabulary: Day one: use a standard dictionary to look up the definition of each word. Write it on a piece of paper.
Day two: write a sentence, using each vocabulary word in a different sentence.
Day three: Try to think of a synonym for each vocabulary word.
Day four: write each vocabulary word, and the defintion two times each.

We spell the words out loud every day, and the definitions every day. I pick our vocabulary words, right from the spelling list each week. We have 15 spelling words, in a lesson, I choose 10 of those to be vocabulary words. You can see how this all plays back to each word, and through repetition, the words will be learnt. If on the Friday test, a word is misspelled it is added, to the next weeks lesson.

Lesson Plans for 10/08/08

Writing: Book report for the book The Knight at Dawn
Reading: Read chapter 1 of Mummies in the Morning
Social Studies: Voting, and about Florida
Math: Division basics, multiplication
Language Arts: Phonics review, drawing conclusions
Spelling: Lesson 6 review
Vocabulary: Lessson 6 review
Word Search: Fruity tooty
Continue working on Amphibians themed unit study

Monday, October 6, 2008

Netflix, Lessons, White House Rescue Plan



Last week, was a rough week, in my little blogging world. Here on Melissas Homeschool, my Entrecard, was delete and then reinstated but not without losing all my credits, and advertisors. Then on my jewelry blog, my template would not work properly. None of my side links would show up, even though they were there when I tried to fix it, but wouldnt show live. I hope this week will not be so messy.

I am not tooting Netflix's horn, but I do love their service. We have had them for several years, and they help so much with Homeschooling. They have so many different learning options, if you look and use your imagination. My children, of course, get their favorite movies to view as well. You can supplement, Science, History, Foreign Language, Phonics, Math, Reading, tons of different options. Check it out, and supplement your Homeschool activities.

Now I can not leave, without making a statement about the so called Rescue Plan, that was passed last Friday. Already, today the Dow has fallen another 350 points, and Congress is already talking about more rescue plans being needed. They said initially it would take about 45 days to get the plan doing its job, now they are saying 6 months to a year. Really, hmm interesting how that was left out. So lets see, states like California, Florida, and many others are almost bankrupt, and dont know if they will make payroll, they might need some Federal money. 401k's lost a ton of money, again today, despite Congress saying this would not happen if only they passed the Rescue Bill. Gas prices may come down, because the greedy Opec people are afraid, we might not be able to afford 3.89 for gas, much longer. McDonalds, made more money last month, because their food is actually cheaper than buying groceries for some people. Bars are raking in a ton of money, from all the people who are stressed, burdened, and looking for some comfort. Please be sure and thank your Senators, and Representatives for rescuing us.

Here are the lesson plans for 10/7/08:

Reading: Read chapter 10 of The Knight Before Dawn
Writing: Why are Firefighters important
Language Arts: Phonics review, referencing
Math: Multiplication, addition, subtraction
Science: Plants and animals of the sea- Sharks
Spelling: Review of lessons 1-5
Vocabulary: Review of lessons 1-5
PE: 30 minutes
Word Search: Veggies
on 10/6 we forgot to do art class, so it will be done on 10/7
Continue with Amphibians unit study


Dont forget you can get free themed unit studies, at http://www.schoolexpress.com/


Sunday, October 5, 2008

Brilliante Blog Award, Thank You













This is my second award, for this blog. Thank you to Kiki over at Kikis Corner. http://www.kikiscorneronline.com/ Be sure to stop by, and check out her very cool blog. The rules are, you have to post the picture of the award, link back to the giver, and then nominate 7 blogs, that you think are Brilliante Blogs. After you have posted their links on your blog, you visit the nominees blog, and leave them a comment that they have received an award from you. These are my choices, to receive the Brilliante Weblog award:

http://california.today.com/ Betchai always has beautiful pictures, and information on Hiking.
http://uslearningathome.blogspot.com/
http://memoirsofachaoticmommy.blogspot.com/
http://www.thriftymommaramblings.com/
http://the-goodlife.blogspot.com/
http://sonowhat.blogspot.com/
http://househomegarden.blogspot.com/

Please be sure to visit each of these great blogs, and show them some love. I try very hard to pick from a variety, of the blogs I visit every day. That way hopefully everyone gets some bloggy loving.


Enough fun, know back to business. Here are our lesson plans for 10/6/08:

Writing: You are a reporter, and aliens have just landed on Earth
Spelling: Lesson 6- review of lessons 1-5
Vocabulary: Lesson 6- review of lessons 1-5
Math: Multiplication, addition, subtraction
Language Arts: Phonics review, following directions
Reading: Read chapter 9 of The Knight At Dawn
Music- 30 minutes
Arts and crafts: Learn to draw Mr Krabs, video below
Word Search: On your feet


Save Green, Go Green, Win A 2009 Civic Hybrid




This is an absolutely cool contest, being offered by Charter. Want to save money on Television, High Speed, and Telephone services. Check out their great offers, and enter to win the contest to win a 2009 Civic Hybrid car Charter

If you are worried about emissions, given off by gas powered vehicles, then this is the car for you. Hybrid vehicles are becoming more and more popular, due to high gas prices, and environmental concerns, that are causing Global Warming. This cool car has the following features: 45 MPG highway driving, fabric interior, USB Audio Interface, 110-hp, 8 valve, SOHC i-VTEC® 4-cylider engine, continuosly variable transmission, MP3 input jack. Sounds cool right? Be sure to click the link to view the contest rules https://connect.charter.com/hybrid/rules.html

Enjoy Charter services, and help out the Environment too, how much better can it be? All you have to do, is click the link, purchase any Charter service, or register on their site, and you will be entered in the contest to win the very cool, and economically smart 2009 Civic Hybrid. Potential winners must live in an area, where Charter services, are available. The 2009 Honda Civic Hybrid, has a retail value of 24,000 dollars. What a nice Christmas gift, this would be, for anyone on your list, and think of all the gas you will save, and you get to save the Environment too. Good luck, to anyone that joins, and please if you win, share your experience.

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Saturday, October 4, 2008

Unschooling Is It Creating Uneducated Children




I saw a report, on the evening news, about Unschooling. Unschooling, is a form of Homeschooling, where basically the child picks the Curriculum based on their current interests. Of course both sides had an opinion, both for and against Unschooling. The major concer being, that Unschooling is actually teaching uneducated children, but people who use Unschooling say their children are independant, free thinkers.

I do not actually know anyone who Unschools their children, so I am kind of curious. One of the issues I had with public school, was that almost everything was traditional learning, and elective clases such as Art, was never really Art class, Music class consisted of just listening to music, and not much more. I was really disappointed with both of these things. I do follow a traditional form of learning, in my home. We do make our own Curriculum, but I used a basic quide, to what each child should learn in that grade. I also do arts and crafts, and a music class. Now I am not a music teacher, so I purchased an I can play piano, and software, that teaches them to play piano. Unschooling is interesting, in that the child decides what they want to learn. So say for examply the child has an interest in Drums, their whole day is spent learning to play the drums, or at least that is my understanding of how it works. So I have just a couple of thoughts. How does the child learn Grammar, History, Math or other basic learning skills. I really dont know many children that would say boy I really want to learn about nouns and verbs today. Or oh boy, I really want to learn how to multiply today. While I can see how Unschooling would be wonderful, for creative and critical learning, I dont quite understand how the children learn basic educational skills, that they may need later in life. Or am I misunderstanding, and the basics are taught, but somehow creatively mixed in with the main interest at hand. For example I could see, how spelling could be taught by spelling words that have to do with music, and drum playing. Reading, by reading books, on playing the drums, or music related. Math by creating clever math sheets that use the main interest as the topic. Writing, and Grammar, by writing stories related to music and drum playing, and using correct Grammar to do it. So I could definately see how they could comingle together. Do you Unschool, do you know anyone who does, how does it work? I look forward to hearing, from some of you who do Unschool.


Friday, October 3, 2008

Gilchrist County Friends, Art Classes, Obama and McCain Views On Homeschooling




I have a lot to blog about today. I could post all of these as individual posts, but I always have more to say lol.

First, I would like to just mention a yahoo group I just started. It is called Gilchrist County Friends, and it is not just a homeschool group. If you live in the Gilchrist County area, and have children under the age of 12, that need some extra friends, then come on and join. I am new to this, and it has just started, to sign up go to http://groups.yahoo.com/group/gilchristcountyfriends/ I am hoping to get at least 5 or 6 children, interested in the group. I will be making a button to put on this blog, to advertise it.


Second I would like to share with everyone, a great Art class, that is offered for a minimal fee to Homeschool children. Here are the details for the class

Title:

Art Classes for Homeschool Families

Date:

Monday October 6, 2008
Time:

10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Repeats:

This event repeats every week until Tuesday June 2, 2009.
Next reminder:

The next reminder for this event will be sent in 2 days, 1 minute.
Location:

Gainesville, Florida
Notes:

Discover and Create With the Visual Language of Art” Come discover the wonder of art and artists throughout time. Explore where artists get ideas and how they make them personally meaningful. Create artwork from your own imagination using the visual language of art: line, shape, color, balance, symmetry, etc. Learn to investigate artworks; looking carefully, describing and relating them to what you already know so that you can make informed judgments about the works. Projects include drawing, painting, collage, printmaking, sculpture, hand building with clay, and more! New this year is a reflective writing component for each lesson recorded in a personal sketchbook/journal.Mondays beginning August 25th Ages 4-7 (10-11am) and Ages 7-older (11:30-12:30) All classes are $10/student or $15/2 students and include sketchbook, supplies and an informational handout about the media, process, and artist studied. Email or call for location, class descriptions, and to answer any questions!Jane Gravoisflcreate@yahoo.com 352-595-3071

Third, is a topic that should concern all Homeschoolers. Where does each Presidential candidate, stand on Homeschooling. This information, was shared at one of the Homeschool groups I belong to. One Homeschooling mom, called Obamas local campaign offices to try to get his specific views on Homeschooling. Not only did they not know, but they told her to buy his book, to see if the information, was in the book. They gave lots of indicators for what he wants to do for Public education, but could not give a view on Homeschooling. A second Homeschooling parent, provided this information from Obamas book: On page 344 of The Audacity of Hope, he writes: “none of these policies need
discourage families from deciding to keep a parent at home…For some
families, that may mean doing without certain material comforts. For others it may
mean home schooling….Whatever the case may be, such decisions should be honored

Now I am not certain what he was referencing there, but it was not Homeschooling directly. So there is still no clear, and concise point of view from Obama as to how he feels about Homeschooling. I find this very disturbing, his ambivalence, and vagueness, when getting to the point of any questions.

McCains views on Homeschooling are very clear, he supports Homeschooling, as does Sarah Palin. Sarah Palin, has a daughter that has been doing virtual schooling, for some time. This is an exerpt from a fellow Homeschoolers email sent to me, stating information about McCain's view on Homeschooling: McCain has said in several speeches, forums and interviews he believes homeschooling works. He believes it's a family's decision.

Of course as a Mom, who Homeschools her children, I find this to be of much importance, when choosing who I will vote for. I will have to hear more definitive responses from Obama, to even consider that he is for Homeschooling.


Thursday, October 2, 2008

Thank You To My Top Droppers, Apology, Contest Update




Yesterday, I was able to drop my cards on my jewelry blog, when I switched over to drop on my Homeschool blog, it said my account was deleted. I went to my email to see why, and learned that due to ads I had playing, in the background, that was why my account was deleted. I use pay per play, those were the ads in the background, I had no idea this was against Entrecard's terms, as they did not have enough decency to contact me first, just poof deleted my account. I lost all my advertisers that had purchased ads, I hope they gave you back your credits, and I apologize to all of you. I also lost all my credits, and my ranking went back to 1. So my advertising is cheap again, so be sure to purchase at the great rate. I really do appreciate the oppurtunity Entrecard has given me, in building my traffic, I really think their customer service policy is lacking however. I deleted the pay per play links, it wasnt making enough money to worry about it, and my blog was reinstated. So I apologize to anyone who lost their slot, but hopefully did not lose their credits. If you have any ads or music, playing in the background of your blog, you better remove it, or they will delete you. I see where some others were deleted today, I wonder what rule they broke. Of course all this could have been avoided if I had read the whole TOS, when I signed up. Live and learn, that is what I say.

These are my top 10 Entrecard droppers, for September, click the links, and pay them each a visit. You dont have Entrecard, shame on you, be sure to go to http://www.entrecard.com/ and sign up, just be sure to read the TOS, before.

http://www.entertain-me.tv/

http://thefitnessdiva.blogspot.com/

http://www.fishhookandmore.com/

http://www.is8enough.com/

http://ocgolfcourse.com/

http://www.iwalku2.com/

Wonderful Pic Collection, should have been here, but her blog has been deleted. Hopefully she will be reinstated, and I can add her blog address.

http://carlsonclanadventure.blogspot.com/

http://new-orleans-food.com/

http://www.austincounsel.com/

Want to see your site featured here, just drop your card everyday on my blog, and the top 10 droppers will be posted, at the beginning of next month. These are all great blogs be sure to check them out.

Like many Entrecard users, I use credits to purchase advertising on other blogs. The two sites that earned me the most click backs are:

http://sandiegobackroads.today.com/ with 193 clicks to my blog, Wow Put your card on her site, and watch the views come in

http://memoirsofachaoticmommy.blogspot.com/ with 93 views from her blog, to mine. She homeschools, like me, and I am a frequent visitor to her site, check it out for yourself.

Now for some contest updates. No one wants to win 10 dollars cash, or free advertising link? I thought this would be more popular. So far betchai has two entries, on this blog and my jewelry blog. To enter is simple, fair, and anyone can do it. Be sure to enter, dont miss out on free cash. At my jewelry blog http://melissasjewelryandgemstoneblog.blogspot.com/ is another contest and you get to win free jewelry.

Tomorrow is test day, so I have no lesson plans to post. Tomorrow I will be adding some interesting information, on homeschooling and politics, be sure to check back. Dont want to have to worry about forgetting to check back, just sign up to follow my blog, you will see updates automatically.


Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Entrecard Deleted, Lesson Plans, Volcano Cake, Firetruck Treats




I was supposed to do my top Entrecard droppers, for September, but I got an email this morning saying this blog was deleted. Why, because I had something playing in the background. I removed it, and requested that they reinstate my blog. They have not yet, when and if they do, I will post my top droppers.

Dont forget to enter the contest for October, rules are posted at the top, or see the original post. It is a cool contest, and anyone with a valid Paypal account can enter. So far I have one entry, hopefully with more to come. You win cash, and free advertising, so spread the word, to get your entries in.

Lesson Plans for 10/2/08

Writing: What are your favorite clothes
Health: Dental Care, my pearly whites
Math: Multiplication, addition, subtraction, money
Language Arts: Phonics Review, main ideas
PE: 30 minute, this may be deferred, due to my children both having colds right now
Spelling Lesson 5: Put your spelling words in alphabetical order
Vocabulary Lesson 5: Write each vocab word, and definition 2 times each

These are two kid friendly snack recipes. You can print them and use them as you wish. The Firetruck treat, is simple, and could be used for group parties, daycare, whatevr. I hope you enjoy them.





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