Tuesday, October 30, 2012

The Internet is Back

No, we did not beg the company to let us have it, but I think the power outage in other areas have something to do with it. I woke up my children this morning, like any other morning they go straight to their computers after using the bathroom.

My eight years old informed me right away that he has internet. Whoa! What! I did not ask the company to turn it back on. Hah! We are getting free internet today. Thank you very much cable company. We really appreciate it.

So, I let the children play this morning until the company turns it back off. Then we can start their lessons today. I already printed everything they needed to do today. Even if the power goes off for some odd reason, they can still do their work today. We don't have specific time to finish it, as long as they do it before bedtime.

Yes, I am using this free internet updating my blogs.

Friday, October 12, 2012

No More Internet

Our internet company is fed up on going overage our bandwidth usage. We are already using two cable modem with 250GB each. So, our total for a month is 500GB. What can I say, say goodbye to your 150 dollars a month from us. No lost in our part. It only means, we can use that time spent online doing productive from October 16. Yes, we only have a few days left. Yes, goodbye cyber world and hello real world...

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Checking @ the Old School

I haven't removed my email address from the old school forum I used for my children for years. My curious mind got me reading about the first few weeks of school. The complaining, lack of communications, lesson materials missing, computers/monitors/printers/inks late deliveries, welcome live lessons, and lastly so much testing.

I am so glad that I pulled my children out of it. We have so much time now, and we are able to do so much out of classes. It's not always a book lessons. I can say that we do more out of the books lessons than in the books, which they enjoy very much. I can never put them back in that kind of environment.

Thanks to DH for pushing me so hard on doing our own home learning. He always got my back with learning matter.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Our Third Week @ Home Learning

I think our schedule is pretty much set by now. I am helping them with LA, LIT, Reading, and Math five days a week. Science, History, Art, & Music are simply a filler when we don't have time to sit and do the four things I mentioned first. Science is also included when we go outside in the garden and camping, along with geography.

My 2nd oldest love our setting now than last year. He gets plenty of rest in between lessons. I have not done anything about the Constitutions and man made statutes, policies, regulations, and so forth. I think I will have more time doing a plan about it in winter. I also enjoy helping my children with our own curriculum. Each child that I reported have their own portfolio to pick from when PDE ask for work samples. 

As long as they don't knock on my door, I am a happy camper.

Friday, August 24, 2012

The Original American Foreign Policy (someone asked me to remove this post, & my answer is why)

By Ron Paul

It is very interesting that someone wanted this post removed. Are they hiding something? Are they trying to hide this post from the private people who wants the truth? My freedom of speech is being violated, don't you think? I think it is.

I have written about the critical need for Congress to reassert its authority over foreign policy and the American people to recognize that the Constitution makes no distinction between domestic and foreign matters. Policy is policy, and must be made by the legislature and not executive.

But what policy is best? How should we deal with the rest of the world in a way that best advances proper national interest, while not threatening our free-doms at home?

I believe our founding fathers had it right when they argued for peace and commerce between nations, and against entangling political and military alliances - in other words, non-interventionism.

Non-interventionism is not isolationism. Non-intervention simply means America does not interfere militarily, financially, or covertly in the internal affairs of other nations. It does not mean that we isolate ourselves. On the contrary, our founders advocated open trade, travel, communication, and diplomacy with other nations.

Thomas Jefferson summed up the non-interventionist foreign policy position pecfectly in his 1801 inaugural address: "Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations - entangling alliances with none." Washington similarly urged that we must, "Act for ourselves and not for others," by forming an "American character wholly free of foreign attachments."

Yet how many times have we all heard these wise words without taking them to heart? How many claim to admire Jefferson ans Washington, but conveniently ignore both when it comes to American foreign policy? Since so many apparently now believe Washington and Jefferson were wrong on the critical matter of foreign policy, they should at least have the intellectual honesty to admit it.

Of course we frequently hear the offensive cliche that, "time have changed" and thus we cannot follow quaint admonitions from the 1700s. The obvious question, then, is what other principles from our founding era should we discard for convenience? Should we give up the First Amendment because times have changed and free speech causes too much offense in our modern society? Should we give up the Second Amendment and trust that today's government is benign and not to be feared by its citizens? How about the rest of Bill of Rights?

It's hypocritical and childish to dismiss certain founding principle simply because a convenient rationale is needed to justify interventionist policies today. The principles enshrined in the Constitution do not change. If anything, today's more complex world cries out for the moral clarity provided by a non-interventionist foreign policy.

It is time for Americans to rethink the interventionist foreign policy that is accepted without question in Washington. It is time to understand the obvious harm that results from our being dragged time and time again into intractable and endless Middle East conflicts, whether in Iraq, Iran, Syria, Lebanon, or Palestine. It is definitely time to ask ourselves whether further American lives and tax dollars should be lost trying to remake the Middle East in our image.

If you have any questions about the above post please visit here. Or to educate yourself about our government.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Signature Receipt is Back

I felt better when I got the signature required receipt in the mail from my local school district. Now I knew that they got my affidavit to teach my children at home.

I'm also a little brave after listening to workshops about what to tell the PDE if they start knocking on my door.

DH and I have to work hard to get our social security numbers revoke, all six of us. We can lawfully do it, but we need to do it legally because we acquired them legally. This is going to be a pain in the behind.

I will also let my drivers' license expired. Meaning I will not renew it when it expired. This is my right as sovereign person who is trying to be private.

Off the grid here we come.

This will be one of my children lessons as soon as we get started. Learning and comprehending the statutes and regulations of this country. Along with the Constitution, how important is the Bill of Rights, and who are the public and private citizens of this country. Don't forget Home Economics and learning some sort of Trade.

Furthermore, a new addition is coming up in the air. Who knows when, but if my children and I are doing well on our own studies, yes it would be doable. We need to try it out first before making a big decision.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Yes! Summer Vacation

I am static that the time is finally here. I got so much things lined up and hopefully I can do all of them. First off; I need to send or drop off the affidavit to educate at home at my local school superintendent.

I already have Math (pre-algebra) book for my soon six grader. On science book, Language art/Literature combination, I'm still a little confuse. History book is expensive, the first part of History of US is fine in price, but the second part is way out there.

I hate going on vacation but still working...ugh!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Seven Days

Yes, you heard it right. Seven days and we are out of the government school system. No more due dates, no more portfolio to turn in, no more testing. Just plain old real life learning and some pre-algebra, writing, history and many science, geometry, & physics.

I will be packing and returning materials, as well as pc's and printers. After that, I have to write a letter to intent to teach my children on my own. It will be sent to my local public school. To let them know that I am taking over.

I was told that, every April, the local public school will sent me an applications for my children to take the standardize testing, but not to worry. All I have to do is send them a note telling that I don't want my children participating on any type of testing. Like I said before in my previous posts, the testing is not for the students. The testing are for the local public school teachers, going to the Department of Education. The PDE wanted to know if the teachers are teaching the children anything, and for some kind of funding for the public schools.

Since I am not a certified teacher, they cannot fire me and I don not need funding from them. They don't have any say, if I say NO to testing my children. Plus, they push the children being taught at home because they are better on taking test. And that my readers are good in the public schools resume. They are taking credit for those children that they never met and taught for promotions and funds. They are sick.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Bad Ingredients in your Shampoo

Here are common ingredients likely to contaminate products with formaldehyde (A colorless poisonous gas; made by the oxidation of methanol) include:
  1. Quaternium-15
  2. DMDM hytantoin
  3. Imidazolidinyl urea
  4. Diazolidinyl urea
 To avoid 1,4-dioxane, watch out for these ingredients, which create 1,4-dioxane as a by product;
  1. PEG-100 stearate
  2. Sodium Laureth Sulfate (also found in toothpaste)
  3. Sodium myreth sulfate
  4. Polyethylene
So, go check the ingredients of your shampoo. This is a precaution for your health and your children's health while you are in child-bearing years.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

How to Write Titles of Books and Poems

I never knew that there are many rules on how to write titles. It's probably the main reason why I'm not a writer...:))
  • When writing by hand, underline the book title. Ex: Ramona Quimby
  • When typing  a book title, use italics. Ex:  Ramona Quimby Age 8
  • Writing by hand of type written poem titles always have "quotation marks." Ex: "Summer's Day" 
Writing a title of poem in a sentence, put period or comma inside the quotation marks. Just like when writing a sentence with direct quotations.

Example of poem titles in a sentence: I love "Summer's Day," but my favorite is "The Pink Cow."

Example of direct quotation in a sentence: "Get out of there!" yelled Tonja.

Do you remember all of that? I'm sure cannot remember everything. This is why I need to write about it, and come back here when I needed to use them.

Monday, April 30, 2012

Finding the Mean and Median of Numbers

My child is in 5th grade and this is what he is learning in that grade.

Let's start with the "median number."

15, 22, 3, 8, 18, 10, 5

First write it in order from smallest to biggest.
3, 5, 8, 10, 15, 18, 22 

Put your right pointer on the last number, and your left pointer finger on the first number. Your fingers should meet in the middle. Which in this case your fingers should land on 10. So the median number is 10.

"Mean number"
Add all the numbers, then divide the answer by how many numbers you added.

7, 12, 15, 19, 2

7+12+15+19+2=55 ÷5 (because you added 5 numbers) =11

So, the MEAN is 11

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Homemade Laundry Detergent

1 bar Fels-Naptha shredded
1 cup Borax
1 cup washing soda
Here are 4 cups of hot water and the shredded fels-naptha, medium heat until the shredded soap are all melted.
5 gallon bucket, filled half way with warm water.

Mix the melted bar soap, 1 cup borax, 1 cup washing soda. Stir until the powder/grain are gone.
Fill the bucket more warm water.

Let it set overnight. The next day this should look like jello. Stir again, until well blended. Some people mix one cup of this mixture to make 1 gallon. I usually use it the way it is. No more water for me.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

How To Make Your Children Take Capsules or Tablets Drugs

I call it drugs because it is drugs, even though they are prescribe by a doctor. You will not find this post teaching you how to make them take it, rather a complain of ways that will never work. I even powder it and mix with anything that they will eat with no problem, but still they can't take it.

When they are little (well one of them with ear infection liquid drug) I have to be on top of them, pressing their arms against their body, holding their noses so that they have to open their mouth then use a medicine dropper and drop the liquid at their throat until I'm sure it will not come out anymore. Yes, a struggle and not a healthy way to do it. That liquid may end up at their lungs.

They are older now and I don't feel like fighting and not to mention cleaning up their vomit on the floor. I even tried doing it in the bathroom, but the toilet is easy access and they just vomit in the toilet.

With the ear infection drugs, I stopped and found and easy cure...hydrogen peroxide and they are fine with it. Nothing going down their throat. However, they an eat any junk food anytime with NO gag reflex on their throat. I hate this part of parenting.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

SIL Scare Me A Little

She does not scare me, but I am scared of her in the sense that she works for the department of education, as a person she doesn't scare me. Out of no where she commented as, "it doesn't matter what is your opinion about standardize testing, it is needed to get to college, to get a better job."

"Oh no you didn't just said that," I thought. I didn't say anything to her after that. I'm sorry, she knew where DH and I stand about it. Did she meant to say, "to get a better job that everyone hates you because of what you do, or earn a lot of money and no one will like you." Either way I do not like it.

How many shoe maker, seams person, toy maker, etc. do you know? I don't know anyone personally who can weave. Furthermore, my idea of professionals are not how many fancy frame piece of paper you have hanging on your wall to brag what you accomplish, but how may people will actually recommend you to people they know and people they will meet. Anyone can easily print it online and hang it on the wall...really!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

What's up with Persuasive Writing

Why do you need to learn to lie about something? Yes, that is my definition of PERSUASIVE. What is the point of doing it? I can see the point if you are in college learning how to become a marketers. The more I learn about this type of writing, the more I hated commercials and ads everywhere.

It's funny, you go to college to learn how to lie. And I also find out that in college they teach you how to look down on people the nice way. You pay a lot of money to learn those...interesting and depressing. What is happening in the world today?

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Soap Making

I started collecting beef fat for the soap I will be making soon. Actually, as soon as I have enough to make a batch of soap. I can't get myself to collect pork fat because I am not supposed to even touch those things. lol

Anyway, here is the closer look. It was the flash of the camera that made this blurry. I always forget to turn it off before taking any close-up pictures. That's my hand holding the jar. I stored them inside the fridge, and yes they are still dirty. I need to boil them before I can use it for making soap. Boiling it is a way to removed the dirt or meat pieces from them. And yes, the smell goes away too. I am so excited to start making soap.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Transition Started

I finally got the courage to call DH friend's mother today about the process of doing regular teaching my children at home with no help from the government/PDE/public school. Since they stop selling us raw milk, and DH friend move all over US and Europe, I didn't any contact with her.

DH kept on reminding me that she likes me, that she will not mind at all. She home schooled her children from the oldest (DH friend), to the youngest. Well, actually she still have young children.

DH and I decided that public schools are going too far, even though I teach my children at home with their free curriculum. I am sick and tired of following the school rules on how should I teach my own children. I am sick and tired of testing after testing. I am tired of due dates and jumping hoops for them. I am tired that I still need to teach my children even if I can't get out of bed and sick. I am sick and tired of non-stop emails that doesn't even concern my children. I am sick of "do this, do that," because it is PDE's regulations.

I am tired, I might straggle at the beginning but I am sure I can do it. One lesson plan for four children, and I bet we will have more time to do more hands-on lessons. I can finally teach them to cook, wash dishes and wash/fold clothes. A real life lessons. I can't wait.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Half Way

Half way (half way done) to school year already. My youngest son whom I teach with my own compilation of lesson from his older siblings is doing great. He know all the alphabet sounds and yes he can recite the alphabets.

We are doing numbers right now and he know how to write them up to 25. Reading is a piece of cake. Since he already knew all the sounds, he can read the kindergarten level books with no problem.

However, I am not looking forward to testing, which by the way coming around in April. My 5th grader and 3rd grader will be taking it this year. I hope the location is closer this year. I can't wait to move or remove them from the public school system. It would be easier if we move, I don't have to deal with too many *bullshit* with PDE. Removing them will be a little harder without a help from homeschooling organizations.
Ahh, life.

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